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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 3 Recap: 'Smokey and the Bandit' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 16th 2011 11:15PM
Season Six of 'Dexter' has already shown it has two intriguing, disturbing and creepy "Big Bads" working for it in Travis and the Professor. They're murdering people in bizarre ritualistic ways and their storyline was the most compelling part of this episode, yet frustratingly, Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks were only given a few minutes of screen-time. Using an abandoned temple as an evil lair, they orchestrated a grotesque final scene that made the Headless Horseman look quaint, sending a chopped-up, half-murder-victim, half-mannequin riding on two horses through a Miami block party.

Still, at this point it's unclear exactly what specific kind of twisted cult ideology is driving Travis and Professor Gellar's murderous weirdness. It feels like we should know by now, but I guess we're still in the weird ritualistic storytelling phase of this season's plot set-up. It's something about repentance and purity, but that lack of info is starting to walk a dangerous line between suspenseful and feeling like it's overdue. As Travis put it, "I don't believe what you are saying."

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'Dexter' Promo Introduces the Fresh Blood of Season 6 (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 9th 2011 1:00PM
Season 6 of 'Dexter' is dripping with fresh blood. And by that we mean there are a lot of new additions to the cast. Showtime released a promo that introduces us to all of the new characters.

Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos join the cast as this season's villains. Olmos plays a twisted religion professor, Professor Gellar, and Hanks plays his student, Travis. Together, they conspire to carry out what they consider to be divinely-justified murders.

Rapper and actor Mos Def is also joining the cast, playing a character named Brother Sam. Dexter initially starts tracking him as a potential victim, but soon discovers he's rehabilitated himself with religion.

Check out more new character descriptions, and the 'Dexter' promo, after the jump.

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Dexter Season 6: Religion Kills, Thanks to Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 8th 2011 12:45PM
We've already seen the first trailer for Season 6 of Dexter, but now Showtime's released a behind-the-scenes video that gives us more insight into what's in store for the new season. The action will skip ahead a year, giving our fateful forensic expert/murderer/hero some time to heal from the losses of Rita and separation from Lumen.

The new season appears to be filled with religious overtones. Edward James Olmos plays a twisted religion professor who's recruited his student Colin Hanks to help him carry out divinely-justified murders. At the same time, Dexter is struggling with how to teach his son Harry about god, which as you might imagine, is a bit awkward for a sociopath who justifies killing with a code of his own.

"There are certain tenets and icons that we've set up throughout the series that were magical and that we never wanted to touch, but this year, we're going to poke them in the eye and do things that we've never done before," says Scott Buck, 'Dexter' writer/showrunner.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Who Should Replace Laurence Fishburne on 'CSI'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 21st 2011 8:00AM
Laurence FishburneThere have been quite a few TV departures lately -- some more shocking than others.

Somewhere in the middle there is Laurence Fishburne's announcement that he's leaving his post at 'CSI' after only two and a half years. Fishburne, who played lead investigator Raymond Langston, replaced series star William Petersen, who started as Gil Grissom when the series premiered 11 seasons ago.

Those were some pretty big shoes to fill at the time -- and Fishburne didn't always seem too thrilled at the comparisons -- but now who will be the third person to take the job? And how will the show look with lead actress Marg Helgenberger taking a lesser role next season, too?

We've brainstormed some good men -- and one lady -- for the position. Keep reading and share your own casting thoughts in the comments.

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Edward James Olmos Joins 'Dexter' Cast

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 24th 2011 4:30PM
Battle stations: Edward James Olmos of 'Battlestar Galactica' will have a major role in the new season of 'Dexter.'

Olmos, who was last seen on the small screen playing William Adama on 'Battlestar Galactica,' will play a "brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies," according to a release from Showtime.

Other guest stars for the sixth season of the Showtime serial-killer drama include Colin Hanks, who'll play an expert on religious artifacts, and Mos (formerly Mos Def), a former prisoner who's found religion.

Hmmm, there's a common thread with these characters - is Dexter joining a monastery?

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News Roundup: Chris Harrison Gets Miss America Hosting Duties, 'Battlestar' Vet Headed Back to TV and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 5th 2010 6:00PM
Chris HarrisonChris Harrison is adding another program to his hosting roster: The Miss America pageant.

The 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' host will emcee the live pageant on Jan. 15, 2011 from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

"Hosting the Miss America Pageant is a job all TV hosts dream of one day holding," Harrison said in a statement. "It was a thrill to make that dream come true when I hosted the 2004 pageant. It's a true honor to be invited back to host on such a momentous occasion as the 90th anniversary."

In other TV news ...

Edward James Olmos has booked his first TV role since 'Battlestar Galactica.' According to TV Guide Magazine, Olmos will guest on 'CSI: NY' as a former gang leader who has just gotten out of prison. The episode will air in October.

Russell Brand is heading to Springfield. The 'Get Him to the Greek' star will voice himself on an episode of 'The Simpsons,' according to TV Guide Magazine. Brand will lend his voice to the episode, 'Angry Dad - The Movie,' alongside Halle Berry and Ricky Gervais.

'Glee' star Patrick Gallagher has joined the cast of 'Men of a Certain Age.' According to TheWrap, Gallagher will play a mechanic at the car dealership owned by star Andre Braugher's character. Details are still being hammered out, it's unclear at this time whether Gallagher's role will be recurring.

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Edward James Olmos On the 'Battlestar Galactica' Movie and 'Caprica'

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 18th 2010 11:05AM
battlestar galacticaAdmiral Adama himself, Edward James Olmos, visited my hometown of Brownsville, TX on Tuesday to promote 'Kings of Brownsville', a documentary about the border town's champion student chess players.

Olmos' passion for the film was obvious during a press conference with city officials. Of course, I couldn't resist the urge to ask him a few questions about one of his other passion projects, and one of my favorite shows of all time, 'Battlestar Galactica'.

We talked a little about the show's legacy, his initial thoughts on 'Caprica' and what he thinks about that planned 'Battlestar' movie project from director Bryan Singer and producer Glen Larson.

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Esai Morales Says Give 'Caprica' a Chance

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Feb 3rd 2010 11:57PM


Long-time actor Esai Morales has appeared in so much science-fiction, it must be old-hat by now. He's been in 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Outer Limits', 'Jericho', 'The Hunger', and 'Doomsday Man', just to name a few. Now he adds the cerebral 'Caprica' to the list, a show that takes on the daunting task of following the incredible nerd-success of 'Battlestar Galactica'. Filmed in Vancouver, 'Caprica' is technically the prequel to 'BSG', and it establishes the history of many beloved (and some not-so-beloved) characters.

Morales plays Joseph Adama, father to William Adama (who was played by Edward James Olmos in 'BSG'). In the first season, Joseph must deal with several unsettling issues – the death of his daughter in a 'terrorist' subway train bombing, raising his son properly throughout the aftermath, the resurrection of his daughter via Cylon technology – while attempting to maintain a semblance of normalcy.

AOL TV caught up with Morales to talk about how he approached playing such a legendary character, and why some naysayer 'BSG' fans should shut up and give 'Caprica' a chance.

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Edward James Olmos Talks About His 'Plan' for More 'Battlestar Galactica'

by Sandra Deane, posted Nov 10th 2009 12:55PM
'Battlestar Galactica' star Edward James Olmos was just as reluctant as fans to let the BSG universe go. Shortly after wrapping the series -- and his role as Admiral Adama -- Olmos stepped behind the lens to direct a film based on the Cylon point of view called 'The Plan.'

Olmos recently explained to AOL Television that he has a plan of his own, and it's to make as many BSG films as possible. In fact, he's convinced that if you stop what you're doing right now and buy 'The Plan' on DVD, he may get to do just that. Read on to find out what other 'Galactica' tales he's got on the backburner, why he's still fuming over the sale of the set and how he draws a parallel between BSG and that other little sci-fi epic he was in, 'Blade Runner.'

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DVD Review: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 26th 2009 12:29PM
Batlestar Galactica The Plan DVD Universal Leoben, that tricky toaster, was right: All of this has happened before, and all of it is happening again.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan retells major events from the first two years of the celebrated sci-fi series through the eyes of the Cylons. It weaves together recycled scenes from the series with new footage to reveal a first-hand account of the Cylon agenda, or "plan."

The result is a film that feels incomplete, episodic and disjointed. It plays less like a movie and largely like a disk full of high quality bonus material. Most of what happens here feels irrelevant to the series -- almost like it was tacked on to the BSG mythos to satisfy completists and hardcore fans. Still, it's worth watching to see Dean Stockwell carry the film with a fearless performance as the scheming and duplicitous Brother Cavil. The veteran character actor takes center stage in The Plan, and your enjoyment of the film will rest largely on how much you like, or dislike, Cavil and his major role in the series.

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Sneak Peek: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 23rd 2009 6:02PM
Mike will have a review of the new Battlestar Galactica: The Plan film soon, but I wanted to show you a couple of clips from the straight-to-DVD movie directed by Edward James Olmos.

The first clip is a meeting of the Cylons, and after the jump is a look at some of the visual effects.

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Q&A: Lou Diamond Phillips Talks 'Stargate: Universe'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Oct 1st 2009 11:55PM


He's played a 50s rocker, a lot of cops, a federal agent, Native Americans, a gunslinger, and the list goes on and on. Following a film and television career that has spanned over 20 years, Lou Diamond Phillips has become a familiar face. Now, he stands on the verge of nerd superstardom when he takes the role of Colonel David Telford on 'Stargate: Universe', the latest incarnation of the 'Stargate' franchise.

AOL TV Canada spoke with Phillips about his lengthy career, his foray into the world of sci-fi, and his intergalactic sex scene.

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Battlestar's Michael Hogan makes a trip to the Dollhouse

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 3rd 2009 6:02PM
batlestar michael hogan dollhouseMichael Hogan isn't done with Battlestar Galactica just yet. The actor who played the show's hardest drinking toaster will appear in the upcoming BSG TV movie The Plan, directed by Edward James Olmos. Hogan is sticking with sci-fi for his next two TV outings, a possible recurring role on Syfy's Warehouse 13 and a guest spot on Dollhouse.

Hogan will join former BSG actor and Dollhouse cast member Tahmoh Penikett in a season two episode of Dollhouse. He won't be the only BSG alum guest starring on Dollhouse this year. Jamie Bamber, who played Apollo, will show up in the season premiere, set to air September 25.

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So Ron Moore ... what do you really think of the Emmys?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 25th 2009 3:00AM
Battlestar GalacticaWe know that Caprica is coming to Syfy on January 22nd. We also know that Edward James Olmos is directing the Battlestar Galactica TV movie "The Plan."

An extra little tidbit of news today is Ron Moore's response to the Emmy committee for their snub of the final season of the show. In short, he is not a happy camper.

I wish I could say I was surprised by the Emmy snub, but Hollywood committees do tend to ignore science fiction and fantasy shows when it comes to awards (The Lord of the Rings being the only exception that comes to mind, and that's based on a pretty classic trilogy of books).

The good news is that really good science fiction develops a following that goes far beyond any sort of award recognition. Look at Star Wars. Did that Academy even notice that one? Not really. Yet it still sells loads of merchandise. Battlestar Galactica will likely do the same for some time to come.

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Quick Recap: BSG, Caprica Panel - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 24th 2009 6:32PM
Edward James Olmos greets fans of Battlestar Galactica at Comic-Con International.For a guy who seemed reluctant to climb aboard a Battlestar Galactica series when it first launched, Edward James Olmos is committed body and soul now.

At a Friday early afternoon press conference at Comic-Con International, Olmos hosted a BSG: Caprica - The Plan event to show preview footage of the new Caprica show and to discuss The Plan movie he directed to continue Syfy's top original franchise. The DVD release for that film hits stores on Oct. 27.

Olmos alluded to his one-time hesitance to become full-time commander of the Galactica when he told fans, "I'm on board Battlestar Galactica for the rest of my life." That would have brought a huge cheer from fans at a panel, but reporters and such tend to be more subdued.

Olmos' enthusiasm and partial contrition is a classy way of saying, "I never foresaw how successful BSG would be, and I know a good thing when I see it." In fact, the sci-fi epic completely resurrected his career.

Caprica premieres January 22, 2009 on Syfy.

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