Callie Thorne

USA has recruited Callie Thorne (Rescue Me) for the lead role in a new hour-long pilot.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Thorne will star in NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, a potential series based on a true story. She will play a therapist who goes to work for a professional football team and her success there garners a lot of attention. Soon her tough-love counseling is in high demand from musicians, athletes, politicians, and other celebrities.

The Necessary Roughness pilot script was written by Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro, both of whom previously worked on the short-lived CBS series, Miami Medical.

Thorne is best known for her role of Sheila Keefe on FX’s Rescue Me. She has also appeared in shows ranging from The Wire to Prison Break.