TV serial killer battling cancer

Actor Michael C. Hall, who plays a serial killer in the TV series Dexter, said on Wednesday that he has been battling cancer but the treatment is almost finished and the disease is in remission.

The 38-year-old actor said in a media statement that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a treatable cancer of the lymphatic system. He did not say when the diagnosis was made.

“I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition, and I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care,” Hall said.

His spokesman Craig Bankey said in the statement reported by People magazine that Hall’s cancer is in remission and the actor will continue treatment as planned.

Hall plans to go with his wife and Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter, who plays his sister in the series, to the Golden Globe awards being held in Los Angeles on Sunday where he’s nominated for Best Dramatic Actor and the show as Best Drama.

Hall also plans to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards the following weekend where he and the cast are also nominees.

Bankey said Hall planned to make the fifth series of the CBS Corp’s cable channel Showtime drama Dexter later this year.

In the show, Hall plays Dexter Morgan, a Miami police analyst who moonlights as a serial killer targeting sociopaths. w

Johnny Cash releasing another posthumous album

More than six years after his death, Johnny Cash will return to record stores next month with a new album featuring one of the last songs the country legend ever wrote.

American VI: Ain’t No Grave, billed as the final installment in a series of comeback recordings overseen by producer Rick Rubin, will be released on February 26, the 78th anniversary of Cash’s birth, said a spokeswoman for Rubin.

As with its predecessors, Ain’t No Grave is heavy on acoustic covers, including tunes written by Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson as well as a gospel number previously covered by Bob Dylan.

Cash himself contributed, I Corinthians: 15:55, a song he wrote during his last three years. He died on September 12, 2003 after years of poor health, and just four months after his wife, June Carter Cash. In 2006, he topped the U.S. pop album chart with American V: A Hundred Highways.

The American Recordings series kicked off in 1994 after Rubin rescued Cash from a creative and commercial lull. Their critically acclaimed collaborations garnered six Grammys and delivered a whole new generation of fans enticed by mournful covers of tunes by the likes of Beck, Nick Cave, Neil Diamond and Depeche Mode.

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