Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from serial killers and motorcycle gang leaders to Canadian pop songstresses. After the jump:
- A new Dexter teaser reveals the serial killer’s worst nightmare
- FX dishes up a promisingly tragic new trailer for Sons of Anarchy
- Bob’s Burgers‘ new Comic-Con poster offers choking first aid tips
- HBO sets return dates for Boardwalk Empire and Treme
- Jay Roach teams up with Paul Giamatti for HBO’s K Blows Top
- Benedict Cumberbatch lands a double guest role on The Simpsons
- Lost‘s Jorge Garcia could head to ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time
- “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen heads to 90210
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Over the years I’ve wondered how long Showtime could possibly sustain a reasonable storyline for Dexter. The early tension between Dexter’s human nature and his ‘dark passenger’ was fun to watch, as was his constant juggling of dual lives. But how long can that go on? We like seeing Michael C. Hall kill people, but there’s a point where it just becomes untenable. (Even co-star Jennifer Carpenter recently said “it’s harder and harder to justify” the fact that her character doesn’t realize her brother is up to something.)
With Dexter as a massively popular show for Showtime, however, there has been little reason for the company to look to the series’ end. But that’s where we are now. Michael C. Hall just signed a new deal to stay with the show for two more years, and Showtime immediately renewed Dexter for seventh and eighth seasons. Even with that in mind, there is now an end for the story in sight, and a Showtime exec says the eighth season will likely be the end. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
To be honest, I suspect most of you who follow Dexter but don’t subscribe to Showtime have already downloaded an illegal copy of Sunday night’s Season 6 premiere. But on the off chance you haven’t gotten around to that just yet — or that you’re one of those rare law-abiding types — the network is providing you with an opportunity to watch it legally and for free, in hopes that you’ll consider shelling out the extra $12 or so a month to just subscribe to the channel already.
After the jump, watch the full-length episode via YouTube. A message at the start of the show states that “the following program has been edited from its original form” (read: slightly less blood and blurred-out boobies), but unless you’re a real completist about premium cable-approved nudity, I’m thinking the video below is good enough. Watch it after the jump.
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What’s the one thing that can destroy both a yellow-skinned family and a sympathetic serial killer? Money. According to reports, contract disputes between the networks and casts of both The Simpsons and Dexter have put the future of each show in serious jeopardy.
In regards to The Simpsons, Fox executives have said they won’t renew the show for a 24th season unless the six primary voice actors, who make about $8 million each per year, cut their salaries by 45%. Then there’s Dexter. Showtime and its star Michael C. Hall have reached a contract impasse that could make this season, which just returned with record numbers, its last. We have more details on each show and dispute after the break. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
The people behind the marketing for Dexter certainly haven’t been shy about showing off their wares. I feel like we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Season 6, thanks to all the featurettes, trailers, teasers, casting announcements, etc. Then again, knowing this show, I’m sure it’s got plenty more surprises and twists up its sleeve.
With just less than a week to go til the return of the series, we have two more previews that tease some of the plot points we’ll be seeing in Season 6. The first, “Guest Stars,” offers a glimpse at what we’ll be seeing from the new characters who’ll be facing off against Dexter (Michael C. Hall) this year; the second, “Tragedy Strikes,” shows everyone’s favorite serial killer at a low point, injured and reaching out for help. Watch them both after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve got lots of odds and ends for you in today’s TV bits, including renewals, a remake, and a rant by notoriously rant-y Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. After the jump, read about:
- NBC’s remake of The Munsters
- The new poster for Season 6 of Dexter
- Kurt Sutter’s thoughts on the AMC debacle
- Renewals for USA, TNT, and SyFy shows
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Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
Thanks to an continuous stream of teasers, trailers, and casting updates, we already have some idea of what we can look forward to from the new season of Dexter. Now, a new behind-the-scenes video spills still more details on the upcoming season, which will hit Showtime this fall.
The previous promos have all pushed the religion angle pretty hard, and the new one finally provides some context for Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) sudden interest in the topic. Additionally, we get a really good look at Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks, two of the more exciting recent additions cast. Check out the video, plus a gallery of Season 6 stills, after the jump. (Be forewarned that major spoilers for Seasons 1-5 follow, as well as some more minor reveals about Season 6.) Read More »
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Showtime premiered a new trailer for the upcoming Dexter season at Comic-Con last night, just like it has for the past few years. There’s lots of new footage in the trailer, but unfortunately it’s mostly a jumble of quick cuts that fails to set up what the series is aiming at in the next season. At this point I’m worried that the next season will be mostly more of the same for Dexter — a shame, because the show could be vastly improved with a well-placed injection of creativity. But hey, it features a Marilyn Manson cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” — so I suppose that’s something new.
I couldn’t make it to the Showtime panel at Comic-Con, but as EW reports, that trailer song choice wasn’t an accident. Dexter will apparently be exploring the notion of faith this season as he tries to find a suitable moral compass for his son Harrison, Michael C. Hall said at the panel. Read More »