Yahoo! TV exclusive: 'Battlestar Galactica' alum Tricia Helfer talks about her new ABC pilot, playing a sci-fi fan on 'Community'

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"Battlestar Galactica" fans, here's a double dose of good news: not only is "BSG" alum Tricia Helfer guest-starring in a fun, sci-fi-themed episode of "Community" tomorrow night, but she also just signed on for a, ahem, killer new ABC drama pilot.

Helfer will play a Texas Ranger in "Killer Women," an ABC drama adapted from a popular Argentinian TV drama called "Mujeres Asesinas." The series, executive produced by "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara and "Casino Royale" director Martin Campbell, revolves around Molly Parker (Helfer), the only woman in the Texas Rangers (the law enforcers, not the baseball team, Helfer jokes).

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"I just found out yesterday, and I'm really, really excited about it. It's a fantastic script, and we start shooting it in early March," Helfer tells Yahoo! TV. "I'm playing a Texas Ranger, but [the show] is really about women who kill, and usually it's done for a lot of different reasons than what you expect.

"It's more character driven, as opposed to just pure procedural, which is something that I'm really excited about. And with [Molly], there's definitely a quirky side to her, so that's going to be fun to play. She's not just a total badass, she's got a quirky side as well."

Helfer, who made memorable guest appearances on "Burn Notice" and last season's finale of "Criminal Minds," is also starring on this week's new episode of "Community," titled "Conventions of Space and Time."

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In a clever nod to her sci-fi history and the many fan conventions where she's starred, Helfer plays a woman named Lauren, who catches Jeff Winger's eye when he goes to an "Inspector Spacetime" convention with Troy, Abed, and the gang.

"That's certainly the fun side of the role, when you first meet Lauren, you think she's coming in as this really together person," says Helfer, who's a fan of "Community" and dramas like "Justified." "And then, through her talking with Jeff Winger, you find that there's this hidden side to her that he's certainly not expecting, so it was fun to do a little flip on him there."

No major spoilers here, but Helfer is a highlight of the episode, which spoofs/pays homage to "Doctor Who" via the "Who"-ish Inspector Spacetime, which, like "Doctor Who," is said to be 50 years old during the episode. "Little Britain" and "Krod Mandoon" star Matt Lucas also guest stars (playing a sci-fi fan who causes a scare for Troy), adding another special touch to a very fan-friendly installment.

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"From being on 'Battlestar,' I think I was one of a few choices they could have gone to, and I know Joel [McHale] had been a big fan of 'Battlestar,' so I don't know exactly how it came about, but they asked me to do it, and I read the episode and thought it was really cute and funny, so I signed on, no questions," says Helfer, who says "Community" star Danny Pudi is another "BSG" fan who gave her a big welcome when they met in the makeup room while filming this week's episode.

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In real-life fan convention news, Helfer recently reunited with "BSG" co-stars Edward James Olmos (there's a cute photo of the two of them on her Twitter), James Callis, and Sam Witwer at Dallas Comic Con, and she and "BSG" co-star and good friend Katee Sackhoff have embarked on a humanitarian and entrepreneurial venture called Acting Outlaws together.

"Katee and I are really good friends, and we both have a love of motorcycle riding, so we were kind of looking for a way to have fun and also raise some awareness (for various charities)," Helfer says.

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"So we started with a documentary ride we did from Los Angeles to New Orleans called the LA LA Ride, which is available as a digital download on our site, and then this year we decided to do a calendar. Some of the profits from it went to amfAR. So it's something that we do for fun, but also something that we're trying to build, and hopefully … one of our goals is to have a female motorcycle clothing line at some point."

Their love of motorcycling riding is evident in some of the calendar photos, which sparks the idea that the two "BSG" stars would make great guest stars on "Sons of Anarchy."

"Both of us would enjoy that!" Helfer laughs. "That's a great show, and certainly both of us would enjoy being on it. I don't know that I've ever seen a female rider on it though."

Hear that, Kurt Sutter?

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