The Killing

We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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Savor the next twelve episodes of Dexter, because they’ll be the last. The network announced earlier this week that the serial killer drama would end its run after the eighth season, which begins in June. To prepare fans for the big goodbye, they’ve revealed a new poster and trailer hinting at events to come.

However, the end of Dexter may not mean the end of the Dexter universe. In an interview, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins revealed that there has been some spinoff talk, though nothing’s set in stone yet. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Dexter

It’s been all but confirmed for a while now that Dexter‘s upcoming eighth season would be its last, but now the end is actually, officially, 100% confirmed. Showtime announced today that the serial killer drama would come to a close after the new season, which kicks off this summer.

Just how the Bay Harbor Butcher’s story ends remains to be seen, but the network offered a small taste of the final chapter in a new sneak peek video. Check it out after the jump.

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Happy Monday! After the jump you’ll find the following TV news:

  • Patrick Duffy would do a Step By Step reunion
  • Boardwalk Empire adds Patricia Arquette
  • Homeland loses Virgil as a series regular
  • The Newsroom gets a return date and a teaser
  • AMC sets a date for Hell on Wheels
  • When are your other faves returning?
  • House of Cards  Season 2 is about to start shooting
  • See Veep‘s Veep meet the real Veep
  • The Office says farewell via a web series
  • See the first footage from Dexter Season 8

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Dexter / Under the Dome

Pop culture aficionados generally associate the summer season with big cinematic blockbusters, but this year there’ll be tons of exciting offerings on the small screen as well. CBS’ Steven Spielberg-produced Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome hits in late June, with the eighth and last season of Dexter kicking off on Showtime just a few days later. Watch the latest trailers for both after the jump.

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Cougar Town

It’s gonna be a great spring for TV lovers, with the returns of Game of Thrones and Mad Men just around the corner and Louis CK‘s new standup special waiting in the wings. Watch trailers for all three after the jump. Also:

  • Damian Lewis talks Carrie and Brody’s future
  • Look for cameos and references in Hannibal
  • Seth Green also joins Seth MacFarlane‘s pilot
  • Will Seth Meyers replace Jimmy Fallon?
  • Cougar Town gets renewed for a fifth season
  • TNT sets a return date for Falling Skies
  • Mattel is working on UNO: The Game Show
  • Bryan Cranston‘s Breaking Bad script gets stolen
  • See new images from Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove
  • Watch the first 14 minutes of TNT’s Defiance

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Dexter has to end sometime, but Showtime’s been reluctant to say exactly when. Execs have avoided confirming the end of the series, even as they’ve acknowledged that it’s “moving toward a definite end” in Season 8, and one producer has even floated the possibility of a movie sequel. Today, however, we have an indirect confirmation from CBS head Les Moonves that Dexter will really and truly be over after Season 8. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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