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Esai Morales Wraps Season 1 of ‘Caprica’

hollywoodexclusive1Spencer Grammer is hard at work on her ABC Family show, "Greek," but she tells us she's certainly open to the idea of branching out and working with her famous father, Kelsey Grammer.

"We've talked about it. I would love to work with my dad. He's so talented. I would definitely be nervous, though," admits Spencer. "He's such a well-trained actor. People always ask if he's British. He's not British. He's totally American," she adds with a laugh. "I think doing a play together would be great. He's doing 'La Cage aux Folles' in New York in like a month. I'm going to stay in L.A. and if we get picked up, I'll be working on the series."

Things seem to be running smoothly on the dramedy, which will be airing new episodes every Monday night until the end of March. "We've been doing it for so long now that it's become sort of second nature. In these upcoming episodes, our characters are all struggling and finding love and figuring out who we are," she explains. "My character wasn't as involved with the sororities and fraternities as much as she has been in previous seasons. It was more about Casey focusing on her career after college and getting more serious. It also focuses on her relationship with Cappie (Scott Michael Foster) and how they differ in their opinions about what's going to happen in their future. They love each other and want to be together, but Cappie doesn't know where he's going and she does. It's what people go through in relationships in general. I definitely think they're some of our best episodes yet."

FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT: Esai Morales is relieved to be getting some down time — now that he and the rest of the team on Syfy's "Caprica" have just wrapped work on the first season's 19 episodes. Those involved "some of the most grueling, emotionally draining work in my life," says the actor. "I was so afraid to shoot the stuff we did at the beginning, dealing with the loss of a child. I went to bed sobbing after reading these things."

Once the last scene was done, he and some of his cast mates went out to dinner, then "I was so wired, I couldn't sleep, so I got on the computer. I was up till 3 in the morning." He says fans have actually told him his character has popped up in their dreams, which "shows the marketing department is doing its job." The "$50 million ad campaign" didn't hurt, either.

Now, he expects to "stick around in case they need me for additional dialogue recording — looping sessions. I'm going to decompress. Then I'll start packing and drive back home" from the Vancouver location.

He'll also, of course, be awaiting reaction to tomorrow night's (1/29) first hour-long episode of the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel series.

"The crew and the actors of 'Battlestar' really laid the groundwork for us. I think when you set the standard high, people rise to the occasion," he says, referring to their Peabody Award-winning predecessor.

"I'm extremely fortunate to be on a show about something, a show that satisfies, in my opinion, on an emotional and intellectual level, a show that smart people can discuss and debate," he adds of the show that's bringing us the implications of life after death via artificial intelligence. "These days, everything is a train wreck for shock value. There's so much junk, and junk sells. We're addicted to junk on TV and in the movies. We've gotten away from the craft of storytelling. But if you take your time and really unfold a great story, your audience becomes bonded to you." Not surprisingly, he considers "Caprica" a great story.

A WOMAN'S PLACE: With casting under way for the "Criminal Minds" spin-off, we've learned they've created an FBI director who is female — which, as you surely know, has never happened in real life. This one is named Beth Griffith. She's in her 50s, impressive both in her handling of law enforcement and politics, and may become a recurring character on the show.

TIME FLIES: Timothy Hutton, who'll be heading back to Portland, Ore., the first week of March to begin Season 3 shooting on his popular TNT "Leverage" series, notes, "It's all raced by so fast, I can't believe we're going into the third season already." Is he surprised they've gone on so long? "To be honest, I'm not so much surprised," he says. "The most important thing that needed to happen was people enjoying the show, and that happened right away. I felt from the beginning that it's a fun show. We all work so well together. The chemistry works and the writing is so good, everything kind of came together."

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With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

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