Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on July 3, 2011

Necessary Roughness (pilot on Hulu) is not the story of Ed “Straight Arrow” Janeiro recruiting a team of misfits to lead the Texas State Armadillos to victory in the face of NCAA sanctions (featuring the talents of Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Scott Bakula, Jason Bateman, Kathy Ireland, Rob Schneider, Sinbad, and that’s all I can remember, but that’s pretty good since I haven’t seen it in 15+ years). It is instead a show about an attractive woman who, like every other female protagonist in television, kicks ass at her job but has a disaster for a personal life. In this case, she is a hypnotherapist and her husband was cheating on her. To pay for the divorce battle, she takes on a football player client. Interestingly, the team’s uniforms look a lot like the Patriots’, so I thought the head case wide receiver was going to be a Randy Moss stand-in, but he’s much more Terrel Owens (his name is Terrence King, but everybody calls him “TK”). The pilot, like the commercials, leaves me wondering how the hell this is a series. There’s some family drama to work with, but USA typically does not do serialized shows, so I’m pretty confident she’ll have a case which is resolved every week. And the hook of the show is that she’ll be taking on lots of clients from that team. But there’s only so much you can do for one football team. Even if it’s a disastrous collection of headcases, at some point it’s going to get repetitive (or you’re going to be stuck using O-line guys and the big highlight at the end will be the guy overcoming his demons to block someone, which lacks the dramatic flair of a touchdown). Anyway, it was pretty standard USA fare, closer to the In Plain Sight level of “I wish I had something better to do than watch this” level than the Royal Pains “enjoyable way to waste an hour” level (and nowhere near the Psych “I look forward to this show” level). I’ll watch it unless it starts to get crappy.


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