By Michael Ausiello
Updated September 20, 2010 at 02:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosRescue Me‘s reigning nutcase Sheila is tackling a new career.

Callie Thorne has landed the lead role in the hourlong USA pilot Necessary Roughness, sources confirm to me semi-exclusively.

The potential series—which is inspired by a true story—centers on a female shrink (Thorne) who becomes the therapist for a professional football team. After succeeding beyond expectations, she is sought after by other athletes, musicians, politicians, and those living in the spotlight who all want her unique brand of tough-love therapy.

Miami Medical‘s Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro penned the script. Thorne’s hiring lifts the cast contingency on the project.

Rescue Me recently wrapped production on its seventh and final season; it’s slated to air next summer.