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New USA Network Programs: Suits & Necessary Roughness


A couple weeks ago, I mentioned a new show starting on USA Network called Suits. It’s a legal dramedy about a guy with a photographic memory and no law degree who gets a job at a top law firm. I’ve watched the first two episodes, and I must say it’s very entertaining! It didn’t take long for me to start rooting for both the fake lawyer, Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams), and his hotshot boss, Harvey Spector (Gabriel Macht).

I won’t fill you in on everything that happened in the two episodes, but I will tell you how Mike got a job as a lawyer. He was strapped for cash and his friend offered him a cool $25,000 to be the middle man in a drug drop taking place at a hotel. It turned out to be a set-up, and he realized he was about to sell drugs to cops and made a run for it. The law firm was conducting interviews in the same hotel, and since Mike was dressed the same as the candidates, he decided to hide out in there. Harvey asked his assistant to keep an eye out for candidates who were interesting, which Mike proved to be when he said “I’m just trying to ditch the cops, I don’t really care if you let me in” after she asked why she should give him an interview after being five minutes late.

Necessary Roughness

USA Network’s other new show of the summer is Necessary Roughness. This one is about a therapist who starts working with an NFL star who can’t seem to keep his grip on the ball. I was initially interested in this show because it stars Mehcad Brooks (Eggs, from True Blood) and Marc Blucas. I also saw the preview for it after finishing Friday Night Lights, and since it focuses on football, I thought it might fill the void FNL has left. But I don’t want to mislead you – this show is NOT Friday Night Lights.

It does, however, seem interesting. The main character, Dr. Danielle Santino (played by Callie Thorne) learned her husband has been cheating on her and files for divorce. Not too long after, she meets and hooks up with Matthew Donnally (Marc Blucas), the trainer for New York’s football team. After she uses hypnosis to help him quit smoking, he offers her a job to help star player, Terrance King (Mehcad Brooks), learn how to catch the ball again. After getting this job, Danielle tells Matthew that they can’t continue seeing each other since they’re now colleagues.

I’m interested to see where both shows go. In Suits, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before someone finds out Mike didn’t actually go to law school. And in Necessary Roughness, how long can Danielle and Matthew really go without dating?

So, will you be tuning in to watch either (or both!) of these shows?


Time for a New Show!

Now that all the regular season shows have ended, it’s time for all the summer shows to start! I used to not watch many summer shows, but recently I’ve accumulated several on my list of favorites. True Blood, Weeds, Breaking Bad, Man Men…and most recently, Covert Affairs and Franklin & Bash.

But, there’s always room for more! A friend of mine told me she saw a commercial for a new USA Network show starting this week – Suits. After investigating further, I learned it’s about a college drop-out with a photographic memory who inadvertently ends up in job interview a top New York City law firm and gets hired. It stars Patrick J. Adams (you might recognize him from two episodes of Friday Night Lights if you’re very observant) and Gabriel Macht (who I loved as Mandy Moore’s love interest in Because I Said So).

Here’s the trailer so you can check it out!



USA Network: Surprisingly Entertaining!

It wasn’t too long ago that I rarely, if ever, watched anything on USA Network. That was until I was introduced to White Collar.

If you don’t watch White Collar, I can give you one very strong reason to reconsider: Matt Bomer. His character, Neal Caffrey, is insanely charming and extremely fun to look at. He’s a white collar criminal who managed to escape FBI capture for quite some time. Soon after he was arrested, Agent Peter Burke – the man who spent years trying to catch him – offered him a deal where he can assist the FBI on white collar cases instead of serving his time in jail. Naturally, they’ve become quite bromantic.

Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay)

USA Network also airs Cover Affairs, which I just recently started watching (and by “recently started” I mean I watched every episode in the last 3 days. But in my defense, there were only 10). This one is about the CIA and stars Piper Perabo (of Coyote Ugly fame), Christopher Gorham (from Ugly Betty) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (I don’t know what else he’s been in).

Jai Wilcox (Sendhil Ramamurthy), Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham) and Annie Walker (Piper Perabo)

Both White Collar and Covert Affairs are entertaining in a light way. While I may get caught up in the excitement of the episodes, they never end in a way that leaves me confused and worried for the next week. If you want to start watching, they both come back with new episodes on Tuesday, June 7.

The fact that I love these two shows so much makes me wonder if I should start watching Burn Notice and Psych. Maybe USA Network is on to something…