TV Tidbits: ‘Necessary Roughness’ Gets a Season 3, ‘Downton Abbey’ Draws Record Viewers

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USA Likes it Rough: Congrats to Callie Thorne and the Necessary Roughness crew — USA has officially picked up a third season of the original drama, which stars the Golden Globe nominated Throne as a sports psychologist struggling to maintain her practice. It’s definitely good news for the show — which earned 2.9 million viewers during its August finale — but the fact that the order was reduced from its current 16 episodes to 10 may keep the stress ball rolling.  [Deadline]

Downton Abbey Tears Down The Competition: Screw you, online streaming! Despite the fact that Downton Abbey‘s third series aired eons ago across the pond, last night’s stateside premiere drew in a series high 7.9 million viewers — nearly doubling last year’s 4.2 mil return.

NBC Casts a Nazi Doctor:

Well, he played one on American Horror Story. James Cromwell — who recently starred as an evil doc on FX’s miniseries — is joining NBC’s Do No Harm as a mentor to the show’s Jekyll and Hyde-esque doctor (Rescue Me‘s Steven Pasquale), who struggles with multiple personalities. Cromwell will appear in at least three episodes, and his motives are reportedly ambiguous. Dun dun dun! [TVLine]

Smash Finds a British JFK: Blimey! British actor Julian Ovenden (Cashmere Mafia) has officially been cast as Marilyn Monroe’s famous lover-in-chief for the show within a show on NBC’s hit Smash. The theatrically trained tenor will appear in multiple episodes of the show’s second season. [TVLine]

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Television Editor Shaunna Murphy was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Largely shunned by her peers, she struck up friendships with the likes of Buffy Summers and the X-Men in their stead. After graduating from NYU where she studied political journalism, she moved to Los Angeles when she realized that writing about reality TV is a much nobler pursuit. She now lives in New York, again, with her two cats — Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.

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