Jimmy Smits Joins Killer Cast of Dexter

06/05/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

Jimmy Smits Joins Killer Cast of Dexter
Clark Samuels/Startraks; Chris Weeks/AP
L.A. Law fans, get your TiVos ready: Jimmy Smits is returning to the courthouse.

Smits has just joined the third season of Showtime's bloody good drama Dexter as Miguel Prado, a flashy and driven assistant district attorney from a powerful Miami family, Showtime announced Thursday. The Emmy and Golden Globe winner will appear on 10 of the season's 12 episodes.

As a Miami ADA, Prado will team up with Dexter -- a forensics expert (played by Michael C. Hall, who's currently dating Dexter costar Jennifer Carpenter) who secretly spends his free time executing serial killers -- to take down a brutal murderer stalking the citizens of Miami.

Smits, one of PEOPLE's sexiest men in 2004, most recently starred in last year's cancelled CBS drama, Cane.

Dexter begins filming next week, and will return to Showtime in the fall.

Clark Samuels/Startraks; Chris Weeks/AP

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