June 17, 2011
Patrick Johnson – 18 years old, will star in the new USA Network series, “Necessary Roughness” premiering Wednesday June 29th, at 10pm est. Johnson is the son of Spring Hill residents, Rick and Alanna Johnson and is a former student at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station. He is the 5th child of 6, Five boys, one girl.
“Necessary Roughness” also stars Callie Thorne (Rescue Me), Marc Blucas and Mechad Brooks (True Blood).
“Necessary Roughness” follows a tough, sexy, Long Island divorcee (Callie Thorne) who gets a job as a therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself a sought – after therapist to high-profile clients. Athletes, musicians, politicians and others living in the spotlight – all in a moment of crisis – clamor for her unique brand of tough love therapy. As a newly single mom raising two teenagers, her start-up practice wreaks havoc on her life. But recognizing that she’s changing people’s lives for the better, she is determined to make her new career work by striking a balance between her personal and professional worlds. Created by writers and co-executive producers Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro (“Miami Medical,” “The Challenge”) along with supervising producers Donna Dannenfelser and Joe Sabatino. Kevin Dowling (“Sons of Tucson”) directed the pilot and also serves as executive producer. Inspired by a true story.
“Necessary Roughness” is a Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions co-production.
Johnson also recently starred in “Mean Girls 2″, as Nick, “Big Z “Zambo, as well as “Christmas Cupid” where he played the role of Brad, the Ghost of Christmas past. Both films aired on ABC Family.
Born in Orlando, now residing in Spring Hill, Johnson has been acting since he was 12 at the encouragement and assistance of a friend who was also in the acting business. At the time he and three siblings were signed to a Nashville agency and had been acting in local productions, auditioning in Los Angeles and training at the Actors School USA in Franklin with Alan Dysert, up until 2 years ago when he signed with Brenda Pauley at the People Store in Atlanta Georgia. Along with manager Jimmy Cundiff, things have really taken off. Johnson is embracing his character “Ray Santino Jr” or “RayJ” as a teenager with challenges but a lovable heart.
For more information go to www.usanetwork.com.