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Jimmy Smits' run on Dexter was both short and sweet, presenting as it did a choice opportunity for the Emmy-winning actor. "It was one of the great rewards to be able to do that show," Smits shares in this TVGuide.com video Q&A.

As Season 3's ill-fated ADA Miguel Prado, Smits welcomed the chance to offer a fresh spin on what could have been just another officious and entitled politician-type — especially as he grew closer (and darkly so) with Michael C. Hall's titular killer. "They asked if I'm ready to be challenged," Smits recalls, "and I'm more than up for it."

Also in this on-camera sit-down:

• Smits talks of Miguel and Dexter's "bromance."

• Looking back on his NYPD Blue days, what did Smits think of Bobby Simone's protracted send-off?

• Smits wraps things up by recalling one of TV's greatest, pre-Internet watercooler moments: the shocking death of L.A. Law's villainous Rosalind Shays.

Coming soon in Part 2 of our Q&A: Smits talks about the honor of hosting PBS' Special Capital Fourth Concert, airing live from D.C. on July 4. 

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