'Jericho,' 'Deadwood' Stars Sign Up for BSG Prequel Series
'Jericho,' 'Deadwood' Stars Sign Up for BSG Prequel Series
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Battlestar Galactica is still well into its final season, but before fans start mourning the loss, there's more news on the Ronald D. Moore spin-off Caprica. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paula Malcomson and Esai Morales have been cast as two of the leads in the new series.

Malcomson, best known as the prostitute Trixie on HBO's Deadwood, will play the role of Amanda Grayston, a brilliant scientist, which Morales, most recently seen as Major Beck on Jericho, will play Joseph Adama, Bill's father.  In Caprica, Amanda and her husband pioneer the creation of the Cylons. In the pilot, their daughter Zoe is killed, but her DNA and consciousness live on as she is the prototype for the next step of humanity, the Cylon equivalent to Eve.

The more news we get about Caprica, the more I'm excited by it. Once Battlestar Galactica finishes its run, there will be little to no reason to watch the Sci Fi Channel (unless you're a fan of Jennifer Love Hewitt's cleavage, as the network recently acquired Ghost Whisperer reruns). However, the continuation of the Battlestar Galactica franchise is a very smart, if not tricky, move.

The only problem I can foresee is that the show has to walk a dangerous tight rope. Caprica has to be able to stand on its own as a series without abandoning the legions of Battlestar Galactica fans. It might be difficult to create a unique show that exists in the same universe as such a great series. Comparisons to BSG will inevitably ensue, so Moore and his team have to strike the perfect balance to appease everyone.

The Malcomson casting is a great start. Aside from the foul-mouthed Trixie, TV fans might also remember her as the baby mama of Tony Gates (John Stamos) on ER, or as Colleen on Lost, the Other shot by Sun in the third season who was married to Danny Pickett, the ruthless Other who beat Sawyer in the rock quarry.

UPDATE: Yesterday when I wrote about Malcomson, I hoped Moore would continue to cast great actors from under-appreciated shows similar to Deadwood, such as The Wire or Once and AgainJericho is just as good, and Morales is a great choice to play the patriarch of the Adama clan.

-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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