TVLine Items: Necessary Role for Game Vet, Starz Picks Up Battlestar Boss' Outlander and More!

Necessary Roughness Cast Pooch HallThings are about to get rough for Pooch Hall.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Game alum — who co-stars in Showtime’s new series Ray Donovan (bowing this Sunday at 10/9c) — will guest-star on a Season 3 episode of Necessary Roughness.

Hall will drop by the USA Network drama as Blake “The Bronx Blizzard” Bridges, a boxer who seeks help from Dani after finding it difficult to step into the ring.

Necessary Roughness airs Wednesdays at 10 pm.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Starz has given the green light to Outlander, a new drama from Battlestar Galactica helmer Ron Moore. Adapted from novels by Diana Gabaldon, the 16-episode series is described as spanning “the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure in one grandiose tale.” Outlander follows a married combat nurse from 1945 who is swept back in time to 1743 and forced to marry another man.

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• Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire) has landed the lead role in Sundance Channel’s upcoming drama series The Descendants, Deadline reports. The series revolves around a sheriff struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. Nicholson plays the cop’s wife.

• OWN has ordered 16 additional episodes of The Haves and Have Nots, bringing its freshman order to 32 installments. The second half of the season will air in early 2014.

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