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Fresh from his role on Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse,” comedian-actor Patton Oswalt has been hired for a recurring role in “Caprica,” the “Battlestar Galatica” prequel spinoff series overseen by former star “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” writer-producer Jane Espenson. Oswalt, a nerd and card-carrying Comedian of Comedy whose more prominent credits include nearly a decade on “The King of Queens” and voicing the lead rodent in “Ratatouille,” will on “Caprica” play Baxter Sarno, a popular Caprican comedian who invites Cylon inventor Daniel Greystone on his chat show. Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by bundyse

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST

    So.. what's up with the HBO show that I read about?

    by daggor

    Still a possibility?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Glad to see a nerd land a sweet nerdy gig

    by Heckles

    Oswalt is funny. I bet he's going to have a blast doing this show. Comedians of Comedy tour was great, minus Bamford. Wish they would roll out as a team again.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Damn, too bad the pilot sucked

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Did anyone really think that was good. It was some of the most painful hour and half of my life I'll never get back.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Is there ANY need for Caprica?

    by Red43jes

    When the headline (WAY back) brought up the idea of a prequel, I thought interesting. But as soon as they leaked out what they had in mind, I saw trainwreck. Hey, I have been wrong before...bought the DVD. Ya...I feel asleep. Heck, even the nudity wasn't exciting enough to keep me awake. What I do remember didn't even seem to really keep with continuity. It was as if it went off in its own direction for some reason, which I thought odd. Keep in mind, I only watched it once, and again, I fell asleep. Tell ya, why didn't the creators of the re-imagined BSG just decide to take on another project? As far as I was concerned, The Plan and maybe one or two more 2 hour movies were all we really needed from BSG anymore. I figure they may still do one or two more movies that take place before they found earth, but hey, what do I know?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Patton is my favorite comedian.

    by ColinSL

    His stuff is seriously amazing. I'm always happy to hear of his success. The conservative Christian's hypocritical reaction to Obama-Care -

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST

    I fell asleep too, Red.

    by antilifeequator

    Granted, I had shot about two more bags of dope than is my custom that night but even quality smack never put me under when a new BG was on. I didn't even make it to the boobs.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 4:07 a.m. CST

    I thought the show had been dumped

    by photoboy

    I had no idea they were making more. I'm not sure how I feel about that either. The pilot was too long, it should have been edited down to just an episode's worth of actually relevant story. And the whole girl-in-robot's body story could be really terrible if they follow through on the direction suggested in the cliffhanger ending.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    what the frak is Star Trek Evolutions?

    by newc0253

    on the box-set of the TNG films on HD, beneath the one acceptable TNG film (Generations), the one great one (First Contact), and the two fucking shitty ones (Insurrection and Nemesis), there's reference to something called Star Trek Evolutions?<p> anyone know?<p> p.s. Oswalt is great and so is Espenson. I ain't seen the Caprica pilot yet but i have faith.<p>

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Patton brings the funny,

    by OfficerJunior

    Haven't seen BSG new or old, original or spin off. But they could do a lot worse than Patton.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:46 a.m. CST

    The pilot wasn't great

    by donkey_lasher

    But It still showed more promise than the coma-inducing Dollhouse premiere.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Pilot was watchable

    by Porco Drunko

    Liked some of the ideas, good performances all round but don't quite see how it's going to sustain a series. Still will give it a watch, although i'm sure having young bill adama is going to create more and more continuity errors as the series progresses (really not once mentioned that his mother and sister died in a terrorist attack by a monotheistic cult during the whole 4 year run of BSG).

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Love patton - don't care about caprica

    by FrodoFraggins

    I really found Moore's finale of BSG to be laughable and predictably preachy. And I don't really find the premise of Caprica to be interesting in the least. <br><br> But congrats to oswalt.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Unnecessary Continuity

    by Pistachio_Wildebeest

    Supposedly the original concept was independent of Galactica, and it was adapted as a prequel series. Without the spurious connection it would have been interesting, but as a prequel Caprica would have to be extraordinarily good to overcome the strange decisions made late in Galactica's run.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I hope it's just a voice acting role.

    by DerLanghaarige

    For any reason he has range as voice actor (because everybody would [and already did] mention his work in "Ratatouille", I also point at his work as Professor Dementor in several episodes of "Kim Possible"), but failed to convince me of his on-camera acting chops, even in stuff like KOQ!<br> But on the other hand, I don't care, since I don't think that I will ever watch an episode of "Caprica".

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Patton was cool on Dollhouse actually. Caprica? Why?

    by ToMonicker

    Well, I haven't seen Caprica... Is it on hulu? ;-) If Universal was wiser, they'd have used Caprica to set up the New BSG movie, get all that tedious backstory out of the way. One the more cooler episodes of the Ron Moore version was the one with the young Bill Adama fighting the old school Cylons. If Caprica was something along the lines of feeding quickly into that, I'd be more interested, but I suspect it's more of a talky drama with a sprinkle of action once in a blue moon??? Or maybe no action? <br /> Good luck, Patton. ;-)

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Lee Harvey Oswalt

    by tonagan

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Is That Singer Threeboot Bullshit Actually Happening Though?

    by LaserPants

    Watch Universal destroy everything cool that Moore built up. And don't say that final episode was a disaster. It wasn't. Some stupid ass stuff in the second half, but nowhere near a dealbreaker. But another reboot? FAIL.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I must be easy to please....

    by meCPS I liked CAPRICA. Liked the way it wrapped the Cylon origin story in a morality tale foreshadowing the downfall of the colonies civilization. Liked the irony that the breakthrough that made the Cylon AI possible came about from the genius daughter's monotheistic belief that she was doing something that could save humanity from itself. Also, to Donkey-Lasher, based on your opinion of the Dollhouse premiere, I'm sure you're not inclined to spend the money, but the original unaired pilot (available on DVD) was so much better than what FOX forced Whedon to produce for air. The first six episodes are all filler built around a few relevant plot threads which were all better introduced in the original pilot.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    patton is the man

    by logicalnoise01

    and he helped kick off the awesome back half of dollhouse season 1. I haven't even seen BSG yet so caprica is right out for me for a long while.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Dear Caprica/BSG

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    I don't what on earth made you think that the appeal in BSG somehow translated to this sort of idea. Kudos for good casting, he probably won't seem as startlingly out of place as Hodgman, but what the hell happened to your ideas? BSG was an exciting show that had epic conflicts, interesting and relevant sci-fi, and a hat full of engaging characters that felt more real than any spaceship series before it. By season three, my stomach is sinking because the episodes that take place in a world we can relate to just get further and further apart. Instead, we're treated to extended time of reflection and deep end mysticism (with no fuck real rhyme or reason) and spiritual contemplation that worked an assload better when it was balanced with gung-ho action and characters who didn't tread water beccause you wanted to be all mysterious on us. So, we putt putt along to the finale where you treat us to the softest whimpers of all. Gone is any comparable events to our world today. Starbucks is just getting wasted with some piano player so she can be magically given a song that helps everyone else just like all those other magical things she was fated to do and then fade away with no explanation because of MYSTERY. We wrap things up with a little bit of guiltless brutality and wander about on this beautiful planet where, after all that struggle, they decide, why don't we just hang out with the deer and rocks and that way we don't have to come up with any kind meaningful end to their lives. The only real conclusion to make is that this way the tragic story of entities that are forever trapped in covers of "All Along the Watchtower" where they are doomed to make robots that kill people for all eternity. P.S. The whole Gaius/6/Child vision thing is just them trying to find their way to CIC? Really? Really? Really?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Patton was better on REAPER than he was on DOLLHOUSE

    by SpyGuy

    No REAPER love? How soon they forget...

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    This is ironic, because...

    by GrabtharsHammer

    ...this is the guy who, in his routine about the disappointment of the SW prequels, said, "I don't care where the stuff I love comes from, I just love the stuff I love!"

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I hope it's a Tonight show style set...

    by pokadoo

    ...with Stoltz sitting on the sofa next to a 70's style Cylon, much like a Futurama sketch, with Jay Leno's head in a jar, on the desk.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    Yeah, BSG did falter, but it was still great. They definitely went too far up their ass about halfway through season 3. I still think the final episode was *mostly* good, but the "let's throw all our hospitals into the sun and live like cavemen!" and the "Starbuck is an angel?!" parts were unbelievably stupid. Also agree that the Opera House MacGuffin was lame. Still and all, BSG is about 90% awesome, 10% bullshit. (Sometimes that ratio was more like 75%-25%, but you get what I'm saying.)

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    I am not arguing BSG's greatness. But I'm saying that it the bullshit part of ratio went out of control on season 4. There's glimmers of goodness throughout but it just got bogged down and the last episodes i enjoyed were the Felix/Zarek mutiny. After that I felt it plod and sag and creak. If I wanted a sci-fi series with all this religious mysticism with no true definition, I would worship in church. Also, the spinoff series should be about the Centurions they allow to go off and live on their own. The only interesting idea to come out of the final episode's second half.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    This is actually going to series?

    by CatVutt

    I honestly thought that the movie thing, which I avoided, was all there was going to be. And I watched all of BSG. So who exactly do they think is going to watch this?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by V'Shael

    Since you asked... <br> Star Trek Evolutions is a Bonus Disc of the following documentaries...<br> <br>The Evolution of the Enterprise <br>Villains of Star Trek <br>I Love the Star Trek Movies <br>Farewell to Star Trek: The Experience <br>Klingon Encounter <br>Borg Invasion 4D<br> Charting the Final Frontier

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    ZOMG!!! One of the most overhyped shows evar!!

    by LargoJr

    The idea that this crap is being greenlighted after BSG mutated from an engaging and tension ridden 'must-see' into a bloated, overhyped, bullshit-bogged, sci-fi soap opera is beyond me. <p> This is happening for one reason, and one reason only... cash.. and lots of it, all to be made of the advertising dollars this show will grind out for the lemmings watching it :( <p> BIG pass

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I think that a show dealing with...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...AI, cloning, robotic military technology, terrorism and the concept of who owns who in an era where we're patenting life forms is pretty relevant. And I'm personally interested in where William Adama comes from. <p>I'd like to see Caprica run for 4 seasons like its parent and then get a Bill & Tigh in the first Cylon War series, maybe with bookends of Olmos and Hogan drunkenly telling war stories abord the Galactica. <p>I don't think the current incarnation of BSG has worn out its welcome enough to justify rebooting it this quickly.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Patton, are you Neill Cumpston?

    by YackBacker

    Just come clean already, dude. We love you!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    His best role so far on TARA.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    His recurring character has depth and the love triangle is kind of interesting.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    No Battlestar, no watchie...

    by Billyeveryteen

    'Course there wern't much battlin' on BSG.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    by PantherMatt

    I was a fan of Caprica, The Pilot. Its an altogether different program than BSG, so if you go in, expecting something like BSG, chances are you won't like it. The acting is very good, the effects are good, and there are some intersting plot threads dangled. I hope the show makes it. And, of course: any Patton is good Patton

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    As long as Espenson is running CAPRICA, my expectations are in the dirt. She joined BSG at precisely the time I started liking it less, and she was the writer for an inordinate number of the episodes that I liked least. <br> <br> Espenson must go for this show to thrive.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Patton makes anything watchable.

    by anonymoose

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Big Fan looks really good...

    by BadMrWonka

    Patton has always been hilarious, it's great to see him branching out a little as well.<p>his bit about Black Angus has always been one of my top 5 favorite comedy routines of all time. "Here comes the gravy pipe!!"<p>

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    BSG only really had 1 bad season.

    by TheWaqman

    And that season was from 3.5-4.0 3.0 was great. And 4.5 was fairly solid. Still an impressive track record.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    CAPRICA just oughta have some space action

    by NoHubris

    Caprica is still part of the 12 colonies for goodness sake.<p>Besides, it took space travel to transport the population of Kobol to each of the planets that make up the colonies.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Will he get to stay on TARA?

    by Sherman_Lives

    Last season he was on three shows (that I counted) all in the same season: Tara, Dollhouse, and Flight of the Conchords (as a priceless Elton John impersonator). Will he be able to do Caprica and Tara at the same time? Do their production schedules even overlap?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    He should team up with Zeljko Ivanek

    by Sherman_Lives

    ZI also had a prolific season, appearing in Heroes, Big Love and True Blood. If ZI and PO teamed up, there'd be no stopping them!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    One Season Wonder

    by Henry Fool

    I don't have a lot of faith in this show in being able to gain the following BSG did. BSG had a pretty strong premise and there was always a looming sense of danger. I liked the Caprica pilot but I enjoyed it as more of a hard science type of sci-fi. It's not the type of show that can grab everyone. Hopefully, with Jane Espenson as co-showrunner, this show can avoid falling into the trap of treating itself too seriously. Adding Patton to the cast is a great way of ensuring that the show will have its share of comedy, something its going to need.<br /> <br /> That said, I'm a hardcore BSG geek and can't wait to discover the origins of the saga. Fuck Universal and their stupid reboot. I hope this show becomes a breakout hit and that we have five more years of stories set in the Galactica universe.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    One of the most overhyped shows evar!!

    by donkey_lasher

    Oh come on, surely that was Fringe and Dollhouse?? I don't know of anyone that us actually looking forward to Caprica, expectations are quite low.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Henry Fool

    by donkey_lasher

    I'm with you there, I hope the movie flops and Larson finally lets go. He's like an Ex that just won't fucking take the hint that things were never, ever going to work out.<p>

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Watched the pilot...

    by Red Ned Lynch wasn't good. Wanted it to be good. Rooted for it. Wasn't. Will I give the show a few episodes to get better? Probably. Will it? I have a sinking feeling that it won't.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I saw enough of Caprica during the first season

    by lockesbrokenleg

    When Helo was running around the destroyed buildings. That was far more interesting.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I just watched "Caprica"...

    by Kirbymanly

    I'm only on BSG season 2.0 but my girlfriend told me that watching "Caprica" wouldn't spoil anything. So...let me get this straight-- The Cylons are based on a cute little lazy-eyed girl? I've been enjoying BSG so far but that just killed it for me.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    well, not really. The last few seasons of BSG you really get a LOT of Cylon info. And it's not at all related to Caprica.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by Eyegore

    yo Kirbymanly, now you know what to think when your GF gives you advice on what to watch. She'd probably tell you to watch the phantom menace first before seeing a new hope. You gotta filter out that noise.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    If Caprica turns out to be nothing but...

    by Naughty

    talk talk talk, I will not watch watch watch!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly

    Thank you very much! Looking forward to watching the rest of the series now! Eyegore, go back under your bridge, idiot.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Yackbacker: He is.

    by buffywrestling <p> "Looking me squarely in the eyes, Oswalt—who did the voice of Remy the rat in the Pixar blockbuster Ratatouille— confessed, "I am Neill Cumpston."

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    This just sounds worse and worse

    by br1947

    I like Patton, but this sounds like a horrible fit. Loved BSG, but the Caprica pilot was pretty 'meh'. I hope it improves real fast

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by thedarklinglord

    He's better at playing a comedian than he is at actually being one, because his stand-up sucks sweaty balls.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Um...he sucks?

    by MJohnson

    Just saying.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    I'll watch it

    by Cartman86

    I have faith in this show. It's already quite a bit different than BSG and from what was said at Comic-Con it sounds like it will get better. The pilot was good enough for me to continue watching. And i like Oswalt a lot. He's a great geek guy who knows a ton about the movies and he's really funny when he's on the I Love Movies podcast.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    bennd over for the gravy train abigail

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    who can laugh when you're manufacturing killer robots?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Wouldn't life just be bleak?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    His character collects tokens on the monorail.

    by banditmania

    And names his robot Deacon.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Was That Robert Wilonsky...

    by Leto III the BIG FAN trailer as the guy who tells Patton, "Enjoy your box!!"?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    i'll suck a cock on the golden gate bridge...

    by Six Demon Bag

    before i bring you a mixed green buddy!<P><P>you'll each get your own!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Funny, I thought this was nixed already.

    by S-Mart shopper

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    One word: "Who gives a shit?"

    by kjmad25

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Oops that was four words

    by kjmad25

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    big fan will rock

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    me thinks

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Singer's BSG movie will never be as cool as this...

    by Paul T. Ryan

    Sorry, but it's true.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum

    You write like a shit-flinging monkey. But that's the audience Singer's going for, I suppose.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    I guess a comedian isn't funny unless he flings his arms in the air and runs across the stage like a maniac, or isn't talking about getting hit in the balls...

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I thought Caprica WAS the 1st Cylon war

    by Norm

    That's the only reason I've been interested in it. I heard it was going to be the origin of the Cylons, their revolt and the war. Ergo, that there would be massive action and a worthwile story arc. Babylon 5 did a good job with a 4 year war story arc and Caprica could do the same, and really flesh out the 12 colonies at the same time. But if Caprica is just going to be A.I. the TV series, I'll pass.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Rape Stove: The Stove that Rapes People

    by spire_walk

    Youtube Deathbead: the Bed that Eats People routine by Oswalt.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Another reason to NOT watch this crappy SyFy gay-o-rama

    by Jeditemple

    Ron Moore had his chance and screwed the series with his abysmal ending. And since Caprica was not originally intended to be a BSG series anyway, this gives me another reason to boycott it.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but I'm from England.

    by BiggusDickus

    Who the fuck is 'Patton Oswalt'? Is he the latest American comedian that every other American thinks is the be-all and end-all of comedy, despite the fact that they completely fall on their arse outside of the good old U S of A?<p>You know, like that woefully unfunny Sandler bloke you fuckers keep foisting on the rest of the planet. <p>Still, at least we've had our revenge. You now have, and can fucking keep, Ricky Gervais in all his smug fatness for as long as you want. When the novelty's worn off, just knock him on the head and roll him off the Brooklyn Bridge, ok?

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by secretcylon

    Actually Patton is one of the good ones. Been around for a while. Not obnoxious like Sandler or Gervais. He does the "smart" comedy. You should look him up on youtube.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    um...actually, I just did. I stand corrected - the guy is actually funny from the clips I just saw<p>You still get to keep Gervais, though!

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by secretcylon

    Glad you thought it was funny. Did you guys ever like Gervais or has he been annoying from the start?

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    Gervais was incredibly popular a la The Office and still is over here, it's just that I can't stand him.<p>The irony is, when he's interviewed, he's very funny as 'himself'. But when the cameras are rolling, he's a smug cock...

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by secretcylon

    I see. That makes sense. Oswald is a pretty good dramatic actor. You should check him out on Dollhouse if you get the chance...

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I'll keep Gervais as long as you guys take back boiled kidneys

    by Quin the Eskimo

    Oh Snap!

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Another Whedon Alum added to Caprica

    by buffywrestling

    James Marsters (Spike) according to Ausiello at EW.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by NoQuarter

    I wasn't going to watch this show. Until now. So happy!

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    buffywrestling, thanks for the link

    by YackBacker

    Now, I sleep with great ease!