Right now we’re in a new golden age of television where the programming that’s on our screens at home, whether it’s from networks, cable channels or streaming services, is some of the best quality storytelling right now. And a small part of what makes any television show memorable is a great opening title sequence.
A new video essay takes a look at some of the traits of great title sequences from shows such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Mad Men, Dexter, Weeds and more, all of which create an ambiance that prepares you for the world you’re about to enter. Within many of the best TV show title sequences lie visual metaphors and themes hinting at the characters and their stories. Read More »
How many television series finales disappoint? How many television series finales actually surprise their core audiences? Reddit user ChallengeResponse created a graph showing the IMDb user ratings of television series finales relative to their average per episode user rating. Check out the graphs now after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
We already know what all of you thought of that Dexter finale. But what about Dexter himself, a.k.a. Michael C. Hall?
In a Reddit AMA, Hall reveals that he felt “sadness” when he read about Dexter’s fate, though he goes out of his way to justify it. Hit the jump for his full comments, plus more highlights from the Michael C Hall Reddit AMA including his response to one crazy fan theory, an update on his Stanley Kubrick-based project, and a Dexter-riffic round of FMK. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
By the time Dexter limped to a finish last year, even its most ardent fans had to admit that the series had already gone on too long. But Showtime feels differently. Apparently, they hope to spend even more time with the handsome serial killer in the future.
According to Showtime president David Nevins, a Dexter spinoff is “something we continue to talk about” — but that it’s only gonna happen if Michael C. Hall agrees to appear Hit the jump to read Nevins’ comments, including his thoughts on criticism of the finale (spoilers follow).
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Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.
But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.
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Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos raised some eyebrows this weekend when he claimed that movie theater owners are the ones threatening to kill the movie business. Their refusal to innovate with day and date releases for big movies in theaters and on digital is stifling the industry. But his company is totally helping, right? The DVD business, which has been a massive part of the movie business for the past ten-plus years, is super-healthy, thanks to Netflix, right? And streaming revenues have more than made up the difference, too! Oh, wait. The business isn’t healthy and streaming hasn’t filled the void.
Complete video of his talk is after the break. Also, we’ve got the following items:
- A third season of House of Cards is on the way.
- Netflix gets Dexter.
- Comcast will offer HBO to non-cable subscribers.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Series finales tend to be controversial even under the best of circumstances, but the reaction to Dexter‘s “Remember the Monsters?” hasn’t been polarized so much as overwhelmingly negative. While a handful of critics had nice things to say, most fans howled at its many ludicrous twists and lack of closure, and basically wondered why the hell they’d spent eight seasons waiting for this.
Even so, not surprisingly, showrunner Scott Buck stands by his decisions. “This is absolutely the ending I wanted,” he said in a post-finale interview. Meanwhile, one of Buck’s predecessors, Clyde Phillips, has some ideas of his own about where the show should’ve gone. Here’s a hint: It doesn’t involve lumberjacking. Hit the jump to read what they said. (Spoilers follow.)
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Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
After eight bloody seasons, Showtime’s Dexter finally comes to an end this weekend. They haven’t been totally smooth sailing for our favorite serial killer. The past several years have put him through one shock after another, when all he wants to do is dispatch bad guys in peace.
Nor has it been easy for viewers. There’s almost a decade of twists and turns to keep track of at this point, which seems like an awful lot to ask of anyone. So the network is helping out with a retrospective video, which neatly lays out the Bay Harbor Butcher’s biggest moments. Hit the jump to relive eight seasons of Dexter in just four minutes.
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Briefly: Showtime’s hit series Dexter is winding down; this season will be the show’s last. My own interest in the show ran out a long time ago, but there’s still an audience for the murderous antics and strange family machinations of Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall). The Season 8 episodes to air so far are getting great ratings.
While Dexter is ending, Showtime just signed producer/showrunner Scott Buck to a two-year contract. When asked about the possibility of a Dexter spin-off, Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins referred to that deal and said “draw your own conclusions.” He added more later, according to EW, saying “we are really not dealing with it at all until we are through with this season and maybe a while thereafter.”
So while there’s not a lot to go on there, that answer is not a “no.” While it’s too early to guess how this season will end, and who’ll be left alive, place your bets on what character(s) might be the focus of a spin-off below.
The biggest news coming out of Thursday’s big Dexter panel in Hall H is the release of Dexter: The Final Season and Dexter: The Complete Series on DVD and Blu-ray on November 5th 2013. They revealed the collectible packaging artwork for the complete set, which looks like Dexter’s box of blood slides. They also revealed an alternate limited edition Amazon exclusive set. Images of other sets can be found after the jump, along with the full press release which has all the details on special features.
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