In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Sex and the City revival is strutting its way to HBO Max (sans Samantha)
  • Amazon’s YA I Know What You Did Last Summer gains new victims
  • Sam Esmail‘s Acts of Crime is picked up to pilot
  • The Dexter revival casts a Mandalorian star
  • Watch the trailer for Losing Alice
  • And more!

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dexter revival villain

The Dexter revival has found its villain. Clancy Brown has been cast in Showtime’s revival of the serial killer crime drama as the primary villain of the show. It will be the latest in the long line of villainous roles for the Shawshank Redemption, Billions, and Carnivale actor.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

In this edition of TV Bits, here are some of the small screen stories we’ve got:

  • Peanuts holiday specials will air on TV after all
  • The Movie Show is coming to Syfy to send-up YouTube review shows
  • Rapper Lil Yachty did the new Saved by the Bell theme song
  • A director from the original run of Dexter is returning for the revival
  • Kelsey Grammer and Alec Baldwin have a new series together
  • The card game Uno is somehow getting a game show
  • Snoop Dogg and Vince Vaughn have a new animated series called Oaklandia
  • Find out about these stories and much more.

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dexter revival

Last week, Showtime dropped the bomb that Dexter would be returning as a limited series revival from original showrunner Clyde Phillips, with star Michael C. Hall set to don the splatter-proof vinyl apron again. It’s been seven years since Dexter went off the air, and seven years since most fans had purged the show from their brains after a particularly divisive finale. Which raised the question: who actually wanted a Dexter finale? Phillips did, specifically to “make right” by the much-maligned original ending, the showrunner said.

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dexter reboot

I can’t imagine anyone was craving more Dexter right now, but I guess I’m dead wrong because Showtime is bringing the series back! A Dexter reboot will take the form of a new 10-episode limited series that will bring back Michael C. Hall as the serial killer who learned to harness his murderous impulses by targeting criminals. The show started off rather strong and then went downhill incredibly fast, ending with a finale that slapped a terrible fake beard on Hall and made pretty much everyone unhappy. Perhaps this is Showtime’s chance to right a wrong.

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LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a closer look at the new LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley playset with the designer of the massive, magical building brick creation. Plus, listen as the cast of Cobra Kai breaks down one of the show’s pivotal fight scenes. And finally, find out how to make the perfect key lime pie inspired by a fan favorite episode of Dexter. Read More »

Dexter Blood Spatter

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a forensics detective reveals how accurate crime investigation scenes are in shows like Dexter and CSI: Miami, as well as movies like The Silence of Lambs and No Country for Old Men. Plus, find out why rounding up a team of villains in Suicide Squad makes zero sense, aside from the obvious risk. And finally, take a look behind the scenes of HBO’s series Succession. Read More »

VOTD: What Makes a Good TV Show Title Sequence?

Best TV Show Title Sequences

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 »

Disappointing TV Series Finales

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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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Dexter finale

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 »