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Exclusive: Necessary Roughness Recruits Friday Night Lights' Gaius Charles For Major Arc

Gaius Charles Necessary RoughnessAnd now for some truly Smash-ing news: Gaius Charles is heading back to the football field!

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Friday Night Lights alum is joining USA Network’s gridiron-themed drama Necessary Roughness for a major Season 2 arc.

Charles is set to appear in at least four episodes as Damon, an extremely polished wide receiver who seeks Dr. Dani’s (Callie Thorne) help for his “imposter syndrome” — i.e., he doesn’t believe her deserves his success (a problem Smash certainly never had.)

After spending several years out of the spotlight to focus on college, Charles is enjoying a healthy career resurgence of late. Following a juicy November sweeps guest appearance on ABC’s rookie drama Pan-Am, the actor scored a plum role on NCIS that’s set to air in late April/early May. His Roughness stint, meanwhile, is slated to kick off in the third episode of Season 2, which kicks off this summer.