April 18, 2013 9:00am PT by Philiana Ng
'Necessary Roughness' Recruits 'Last Resort' Star Autumn Reeser
Necessary Roughness is powering up.
Autumn Reeser, most recently of ABC's Last Resort, and Franklin and Bash's Garcelle Beauvais have joined the USA Network drama top-lined by Callie Thorne, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
On an upcoming season three episode, Reeser will play Abby, a high-powered partner at V3's rival agency, who is determined to sign TK (Mehcad Brooks) to her agency and will do anything to win him over.
Beauvais will play Lana Langer, an outrageous mother of a star basketball payer who is suddenly choking at the free throw line in one episode. Dr. Dani (Thorne) is enlisted to help the player get his game back.
Reeser and Beauvais are the latest bold-faced names to join the ranks of Necessary Roughness as it preps its third-season return, which will include a major recurring arc for John Stamos, who plays V3 boss Connor McClane, and Once Upon a Time's David Anders.
Necessary Roughness picks up six months after the New York Hawks' playoff run. Big changes for the football team force Dani, TK and Matt (Marc Blucas) to reconsider their futures with the franchise. Scott Cohen co-stars, with new regular Karissa Lee Staples.
Co-creators Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro executive produce, alongside Kevin Dowling. Necessary Roughness is produced by Sony Pictures TV and Universal Cable Productions.
Reeser, whose credits include The O.C., No Ordinary Family, Hawaii Five-0 and Entourage, is repped by Gersh and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment.
Necessary Roughness returns for season three at 10 p.m. June 12 on USA.