Esai Morales and Eric Stoltz, Caprica
Twitchy Battlestar Galactica fans can rest a little easier.
The Sci Fi channel has given the green light to Caprica, the buzzed-about prequel to Battlestar, according to Variety. The cable channel has already produced a two-hour TV movie/backdoor pilot, which was set to debut in December, but will now launch the series in early 2010.
The series, starring Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker, is set 50 years before the Cylon attack ...
Esai Morales and Eric Stoltz courtesy Sci Fi Channel
Set 50 years before the first Cylon War in Battlestar Galactica, the two-hour TV-movie/series pilot Caprica (airing this fall) is more soap opera than space opera."Caprica is a sweeping, highly emotional relationship drama a Rich Man, Poor Man set in a science-fiction environment," says exec producer and writer Remi Aubuchon (24), who created the prequel with BSG's Ronald D. Moore. "The look is nostalgic, almost 1950s, with the men in hats, ties and stylish suits. It's not about hardware and space battles."Caprica stars Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone, a Bill Gateslike entrepreneur and inventor, and Esai Morales as immigrant lawyer Joseph Adama (the father of BSG's William), who hails from the other-side-of-the-tracks planet Tauron. "They're brought together by mutual grief when their daughters are killed in a terrorist bombing," Aubuchon says. But the bond turns sour when Graystone brings back their offspring as robots, creating the ancestors of the Cylons. Also on boa...
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On the heels of the news that Deadwood's Paula Malcolmson had landed the female lead in Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica prequel movie/backdoor pilot, Esai Morales has joined the Caprica cast in the role of Joseph, a "deeply passionate man with a strong sense of justice and someone you wouldn't want as your enemy," says the Reporter. Oh, and Joe's last name is Adama, as in the father of one day Galactica commander William.Morales most recently had a run on Jericho (ah, Jericho
), but I'll always remember him from Bad Boys (the 1983 one).What's your take? A pretty good familial match, eh? MWMRelated: Deadwood's Trixie Inhabits Sci Fi's Caprica Sci Fi Upfronts Delight and Depress Battlestar Fans
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No criminal charges will be filed against Esai Morales (Jericho, NYPD Blue), whose ex-girlfriend had claimed he raped her in April 2006, a spokesperson for the prosecutor announced on Friday. "I'm happy that my client was vindicated," the AP quotes Morales' attorney as saying. "He was never questioned by the police, never taken into custody, there were never any charges brought against him."The accuser has also filed a civil suit, charging that Morales raped her and in turn gave her herpes. That lawsuit is awaiting trial and, says the plaintiff's lawyer, might introduce additional evidence that could convince the DA's office to move ahead with criminal charges.Related:• Legal Briefs: Esai Morales Rape Talk, and More
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Esai Morales' former girlfriend, Elizabeth Mazzocchi, is holding a press conference Friday morning to "inform the public of previously undisclosed information concerning [Morales'] alleged past acts of rape and sexual misconduct," so that "other potential victims of Mr. Morales will feel empowered to come forward".... TV producer David Russo has sued his former agent, Amy Shpall, claiming she stole his idea for a reality show set in a gym aka Bravo's Work Out. Per the Reporter, Shpall has yet to be reached for comment.
I know this blog is coming a little late in the game, but Ive been watching this show since the beginning. So whether youve been a fan from the first episode or a Johnny-come-lately, welcome to the party.The PlayersMichael Westen: a former spook whos been burned. He's deposited in Miami without any money, credit or job references. He takes on local cases to make money while he tries to find out who burned him.Fiona: Michaels former flame, who still carries a torch. Her accent in the first episode (and her name) might have us believe shes Irish, but she can fake an American accent pretty well. Shes former IRA and met Michael on the job.Sam: a spy buddy of Michaels forced to keep tabs on him. Sams living comfortably off his pension and cant have his friendship with Michael interfere with that. When Michael discovers his duplicity, the agency sends in new surveillance.Jason Bly: the new guy. He works for a branch of the NSA and isn&...
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NYPD Blue alum Esai Morales has joined CBS' Jericho in the recurring role of Col. Hoffman, a career military man and Iraq War veteran who has not heard from his wife since the day of the attacks. Morales, who most recently costarred on Fox's short-lived Vanished, is set to appear in six of Jericho's seven episodes ordered for mid-season.Anybody else remember when Esai got up in Sean Penn's grill in juvie prison? Good times.For more CBS casting news, see the Ausiello Report's CSI: Miami Exhumes Rory Cochrane and CSI: NY Collars Ex-Creek Stud.
Last week on the Golden Globes red carpet, TV Guide Online spied former NYPD Blue cast member Esai Morales. He was there with his costars from PBS' Latino drama American Family: Journey of Dreams, which predictably lost to HBO's popular The Life and Death of Peter Sellers in the best miniseries or TV-movie category. Bummer. But at least Morales has been proactive since exiting Blue last year.
"I changed agents, management, everything," the pavement-pounding 43-year-old actor says. "I'm heading back to features and/or great television. My slate is open! I'm looking for the next challenge."
Most recently, Morales wrapped the upcoming CBS original movie Heartless, starring Working Girl Melanie Griffith as a very wicked woman. He's an undercover reporter working as the mole in her midst. "Melanie plays a femme fatale, a lawyer with very few scruples. Imagine that!" he laugh