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


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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