Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Edward James Olmos joins 'Dexter'

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) has been added to the cast of Dexter for its sixth season, joining the previously announced Colin Hanks, as an expert on religious artifacts, and Mos (formerly Mos Def) as an ex-convict who's found religion. Olmos' character is described as a "brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies."

Olmos confirmed the news in a tweet:

"It's true... I'm coming for you Dexter...."
Clearly the next season of Dexter will be tackling the issue of religion, which I'm sure the central character will have something to say about in a pithy narration or two.

My feelings about Dexter are well-known: I adored the show's first two seasons, but everything since has been variations on a formula. Season 4 was a return to form in some respects (mainly because of John Lithgow's electric performance), and season 5 had the occasionally successful flourish, but I still think the show has a natural lifespan that's been stretched beyond capacity. That said, religion sounds like fertile ground for the show to tackle, and the casting this year is quite promising. Admiral William Adama locking horns with Dexter Morgan, eh? So slay we all.

Dexter returns to Showtime in September.