The last time Mos Def was on any screen, big or small, was in 2009, when he costarred in Next Day Air, and an episode of House M.D. most notably. Since then, he returned to the stage to work with Jeffrey Wright and Nicole Beharie, amongst others, in the John Guare play, here in New York City, titled, A Free Man Of Color, which I saw, and reviewed on the old S&A site.

It’s was announced earlier today that Mr Def will be returning to the small screen – specifically, the Showtime Network – to join the cast of the hit series that centers on a bloodstain pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer; aka Dexter!

THR says Mos will be featured in a multi-episode story arc during the shows upcoming 6th season, playing a “ hardened ex-con who claims to have found religion yet seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence. Michael C. Hall’s Dexter will reveal the truth of who he really is.

Oooh… so does he get sliced up?

I haven’t watched Dexter since getting through all of season 1, which I thought was great, and halfway through season 2, which I didn’t care for as much. So, I’m obviously far behind; but I don’t expect to catch up. I thought the first season was really all that was necessary. It was wrapped up nicely, and I was satisfied. Successive seasons just seem like clear attempts to cash in, and thus exploitative. But I might check it out next season, to see what Mos Def’s involvement produces.