Screen Junkies » dexter http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:34:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Showtime To Brings Us A Serial Killer Show That’s A Comedy This Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/showtime-to-brings-us-a-serial-killer-show-thats-a-comedy-this-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/showtime-to-brings-us-a-serial-killer-show-thats-a-comedy-this-time/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 16:02:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261749 Nothing's funnier than ceremonial murders.

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Ever since Dexter left, America has been stumbling around with a confused look on its face, mumbling, “Where are my serial killer shows?” Or at least that’s what it’s like in my neighborhood.

Even if America is clamoring for a new serial killer show, Showtime is awfully brazen in thinking they’re the one to give it to us. The series finale of Dexter left most viewers wondering, “Zuh?” with select viewers responding with “WhattaWHAT?” and almost all clenching their teeth and muttering, “Argh.”

However, Control Alt Delete should have far different expectations, as it follows four slackers who work in an office as they drudge through the rat race, but all the while have to avoid being taken down by the office serial killer. It’s a pretty ambitious premise, but it sounds like it could be pretty funny, provided you get the Workaholics guys to step in.

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Dexter Vs. Patrick Bateman http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-vs-patrick-bateman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-vs-patrick-bateman/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:28:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258867 Somebody found a way to make Dexter entertaining again!

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Somebody found a way to make Dexter entertaining again! Although, not cool Dex. I know you live by a code but at least let the guy finish taking a leak.

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‘Dexter’ Lets The Door Hit His Morally Ambiguous Ass On The Way Out http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dexter-lets-the-door-hit-his-morally-ambiguous-ass-on-the-way-out/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dexter-lets-the-door-hit-his-morally-ambiguous-ass-on-the-way-out/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:53:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257184 It would have been better if it was just all a dream.

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Since I’m talking about the season finale of a show, there are going to be SPOILERS. Dexter went out with something less than a whimper two nights ago, causing both fans and critics to say things like “Oh, that Dexter finale was so bad, I wish I was dead,” or “Those improvement early last season on Dexter were just a fluke. The finale sucked. Pass me the hummus. ”

The show ended with sister Deb dying, Dexter abandoning his baby, and becoming a lumberjack in the woods, with an ending that seems to ignore the fact that Dexter has a pathological need to kill in his body, perhaps replacing with the satisfaction of the slow, methodical extermination of spotted owls.

What’s most amusing about the exit is that the fans seem to think that the show was doing just fine until the finale, which somehow failed to live up to the standards the show had set, when in reality, it was completely on par with this season as well as the Colin Hanks season which may have rewritten the book on bad television. Anyway: No movies, no spinoffs, no prequels. It’s done now.

We’re safe.

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‘Dexter’ Stars Conduct A Funny, Emotional Farewell At Comic-Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dexter-stars-conduct-a-funny-emotional-farewell-at-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dexter-stars-conduct-a-funny-emotional-farewell-at-comic-con/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:25:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255870 And they didn't even kill anyone!

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Though Dexter has the better part of a season left, they’re not exactly shooting the show live, so their Comic-Con panel today may have been one of the last opportunities for all the principals (even a taped statement from John Lithgow!), so they made the most of the emotional moment.

The panel was a mix of sincerity and humor from the whole crew, but most notably Dexter himself.

Michael C. Hall spoke to how he has more trouble getting out of character than into character, which is an icy statement if you really think about it. I guess Hall thought about it, because he punctuated the statement with a joke, saying “I do everything Dexter does — but then I just tickle the person.”

 

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You Can Watch The Season Premiere Of ‘Dexter’ Online For Free http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-can-watch-the-season-premiere-of-dexter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-can-watch-the-season-premiere-of-dexter/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:05:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255572 Click here to do so...

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Showtime is continuing its programming model of putting the first episodes of its original series online in their entirety for free with the season 8 premiere of Dexter.

It’s a bold move, but one that I guess has worked for Showtime in the past. The episode must be pretty good stuff, since they’re hoping it will make you want to watch the rest of the season. You can see it for yourself above. And subsequent episodes can be seen on Showtime Sunday nights at 9 PM EST/PST.

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Everyone Looks Less Orange In ‘Dexter’ Season 8 Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everyone-looks-less-orange-in-dexter-season-8-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everyone-looks-less-orange-in-dexter-season-8-trailer/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 18:46:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254919 The end begins Sunday, June 30th.

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Several teasers later, we now have an official look at the eighth and final season of Dexter. From the look of things, Dexter‘s been getting the cold shoulder from his sister who has chosen the comforts of awesome sex and recreational drugs over eating steaks with her creepy murderer brother who wears a lot of peach. Meanwhile, everyone in Miami who is not a homicide detective are suspicious that Dexter may be the Bay Harbor Butcher making it more and more difficult for him to track down and eliminate whoever is going around town removing people’s brains.

All in all, the once creepy show looks much more palatable. By that, I mean at least they’ve scaled back on the bronzer from last season.

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‘Dexter’ Sets Up His Final Kill Room In Latest Teaser http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-sets-up-his-final-kill-room-in-latest-teaser/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-sets-up-his-final-kill-room-in-latest-teaser/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:05:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254562 After this season, there will be no more 'Dexter' teasers.

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We’ve already been treated to a few teasers for the upcoming season of Dexter, but now that it’s confirmed to be its final, expect a much more aggressive push. So far, new footage has been kept to a minimal so in the meantime we can enjoy these stylistic recap spots which is okay, because it’s now hitting home that Dexter is ending. That means no more kill rooms, no more blood slides, no more convenient reasons to get Harrison out of town. And after this season, there will be no more Dexter teasers. We always knew Miami would run out of serial killers eventually, but now that that day is here, it feels weird.

 

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Showtime Gives Us A Teaser For Season 8 Of ‘Dexter’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/showtime-gives-us-a-teaser-for-season-8-of-dexter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/showtime-gives-us-a-teaser-for-season-8-of-dexter/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:57:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254413 Spoiler alert: He's going to live a double life!!!

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I’m not able to presume too much here without giving away some significant season 7 spoilers, and I just invented a policy where I won’t spoil anything that happened in the previous season until the first episode of the next one airs. You know, for the sake of the Netflixers and bootleggers and procrastinators at large.

Anyway, Dexter, Deb, etc.

This is rumored to be the final season, but seeing as how last season was the first one in a while that wasn’t terrible, I wouldn’t rule out a season 9 or later.

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‘Dexter’ Season 8 Teaser Drops In http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-season-8-teaser-drops-in/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-season-8-teaser-drops-in/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:51:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254292 'Dexter' is back for another bloody season.

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Get it. It’s blood because of everything that happens on the show and everything.

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The Sky Is Blue And ‘Homeland’ Got Renewed http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-sky-is-blue-and-homeland-got-renewed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-sky-is-blue-and-homeland-got-renewed/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:36:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251618 I guess this means that our country is going to teeming with terrorist activity next year. Thanks a lot, Showtime.

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Today in news that has probably been assumed since the Emmys a few weeks ago, Homeland has gotten picked up for a third season. The order is for the now-industry-standard 12 episodes, which is a number that comfort us with its familiarity. Conversely, an 11-episode pickup would have angered and confused us to such a degree that we couldn’t reasonably be held accountable for our actions. Ditto for 13 episodes.

The news comes after Sunday’s most-watched-ever episode, which garnered 1.75 million viewers, which fell just short of Dexter‘s 1.9 million that night.

The news of this renewal, while not surprising, comes as great news for fans of great television, and also Claire Danes‘ agent, who probably has been long overdue for a payday.

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Last season, Dexter ended with the second most shocking cliffhanger in the show’s history.  It didn’t quite punch you in the gut like the Trinity Killer finale did, but it’s far more riveting than the time Angel seemingly ran out of toilet paper (he just ended up using his undershirt).

At long last, the new season is here and you can watch as Dexter‘s world changes forever.

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The Bodies Pile Up In ‘Dexter’ Season 7 Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-bodies-pile-up-in-dexter-season-7-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-bodies-pile-up-in-dexter-season-7-trailer/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:45:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=250398 Featuring the Deftones.

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In the past few seasons, Dexter has lost the quality level that defined it and made the early years so much fun to watch. But there’s hope yet for season seven. For one, the plot is likely to be more interesting because SPOILER we’ll see how Dexter reacts now that Deb is on to him and his secret life. Secondly, they used the Deftones in the trailer. That deserves our watching the first three episodes at least. They’ve earned that much.

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‘Dexter’ Definitely Ending Not After This Season, But The Next http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dexter-definitely-ending-not-after-this-season-but-the-next/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dexter-definitely-ending-not-after-this-season-but-the-next/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:37:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249423 He's obligated to murder himself because season 6 was terrible.

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The past couple seasons of Dexter have probably been bittersweet for the producers and stars of the show. On the one hand, the series had never enjoyed higher ratings, but on the other hand, those parties were responsible for some of the worst television on cable TV.

Well, rather than live with that internal conflict gnawing at the core of their being, executive producer Sara Colleton has gone on record as saying season 8 will “absolutely” be Dexter‘s last.

Given last season’s cliffhanger, in which (SPOILER, YO!) sister Deb finds Dexter slamming his knife into the Doomsday Killer, there’s probably only a finite amount of time left for Dexter to go around killing people all the time before she feels compelled to raise her hand.

Colleton has also said that the producers wanted to end the series after this coming season, but Showtime “convinced” (read: threw big fistfuls of cash at)the team to stick around for one more season. Always the hallmark of a creative swan song.

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‘Dexter’ Has Some ‘Splaining To Do In Bloody Season 7 Teaser http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-has-some-splaining-to-do-in-bloody-season-7-teaser/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-has-some-splaining-to-do-in-bloody-season-7-teaser/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:45:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249358 It's not that Deb's mad. Just really disappointed...

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For those not up-to-date with Showtime’s Dexter, read no further. SPOILERS AHEAD. Are you gone? Okay. At the end of last season, Dexter was revealed to be a martian. Now, with the government hot on heels he must hide with a suburban family and constantly wrestle with his lust for cat meat.

Are you really gone now? Okay. Actual SPOILERS. Season six of Dexter ended with Deb discovering her brother murdering the Doomsday Killer in his macabre ritual. This season, we’ll see how both Dexter and Deb deal with his secret being in the open. This teaser plays up that angle rather than focusing on Batista’s midlife crisis and his purchase of a vintage muscle car. I think they made the right move.

Dexter returns September 30th with Ray Stevenson and Yvonne Strahovski joining the cast.

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7 TV Shows We’re Giving Up For Lent http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/its-ash-wednesday-so-here-are-7-tv-shows-were-giving-up-for-lent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/its-ash-wednesday-so-here-are-7-tv-shows-were-giving-up-for-lent/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:02:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245817 It's Ash Wednesday. Party's over, people.

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It’s Ash Wednesday. Party’s over, people. 40 days of self-deprivation begins now. While you’re supposed to deny yourself something that you really enjoy or depend on, it’s easier just to cut out the stuff we don’t like any more. So why not bad TV? We can just replace it with good TV, so it’s not that big a sacrifice.

It’s too easy to not watch a show that you weren’t watching before, so to add at least a modicum of difficulty, let’s cull some shows that were once favorites. It’s nothing personal. Sometimes shows fall in quality, sometimes they just get old, and sometimes we change. For whatever reason, here are a handful of shows that we have no problem saying goodbye to for Lent.

True Blood

I like(d) True Blood for what it is – a campy, soapy display of stylized violence with a fair amount of nudity. It continues to be very self-aware, but there seemed to be very little new space to explore. To recap, there have been werewolves, vampires, fairies, shapeshifters, panthers, and witches. That’s a lot of factions going head-to-head.

The shock value is gone, and while the sexiness and violence is still entertaining, it’s compromised by the total absence of a story to tell. I was able to make it through last season buoyed by the hotness of the characters, but no more. Unless they seriously overhaul their writing team, I’m going to bid the show adieu and get my nudity from the internet.

Law & Order: SVU

The show has been gradually declining in quality over the past five years. In fact, the decline was so gradual that indoctrinated viewers may not have even noticed. Now, with the absence of Christopher Meloni, it’s pretty clear that the show will keep trending downward. After 13 seasons and 286 episodes, there are only so many different ways a character can get raped and murdered. There are also only so many ways Ice-T can be informed of the nature of a crime, then respond with “That’s messed up.”

Yes it is, Ice-T. It’s very messed up. Just like your show.

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After An Abysmal Season, Can ‘Dexter’ Get Its Groove Back? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/after-an-abysmal-season-can-dexter-get-its-groove-back/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/after-an-abysmal-season-can-dexter-get-its-groove-back/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:01:26 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240142 It's a guilty pleasure in the vein of 'True Blood' but instead of sex and violence, 'Dexter' derives its guilt and pleasure from really shitty writing and logical leaps.

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Oh Dexter, you fickle bitch.

You spent almost the entirety of season six laboring over painfully obvious twists, trotting out magical negroes who leave as fast as they arrive, introducing the worst villain since, I dunno, last season, and keeping Dexter from interacting with the killer or doing any killing of his own. You made it so easy to give up and not care.

Then you return to your core competencies in the season finale. You by no means redeemed the previous 11 hours of television, but you reminded me why the show, even when it’s not good, can still be fun. The show was lying dead on the table, bloody cheek and all, about to be plunged in the heart with a knife, when it was given something of a reprieve.

Dexter has been, despite (or due to) growing ratings, losing favor with its early fan base as well as critics over the past couple seasons. While season five was considered a low-water mark for the show, season six proved that it could be taken to new depths. Addressing all of this season’s myriad shortcomings in detail would turn this article into an opus, but the few high points of this season were completely eclipsed by the following:

The Supporting Cast

LaGuerta and her wig, Angel BatEEEEEEsta, Quinn, Masuka, videogame guy/forensics intern, and nanny girl. This season relegated all of them to “featured player” status, in which they were essentially milling about in the background over the course of 12 episodes. They were never terribly compelling to begin with, but I was hoping at least Quinn would be killed. Actually, I hoped they would all be killed and we’d get a fresh team coming in for what are probably the final two seasons.

Miami Metro’s Incompetency in the Face of Dexter’s Recklessness

In earlier seasons, much of the show’s tension and efficacy stems from Dexter’s precarious double-life. When Deb unwittingly allowed Dexter to flee last season, that tension took a major hit. This season, it seemed that Miami Metro couldn’t detect their way out of a paper bag, allowing Dexter to break from his normally staid and secret rituals to drown a man on a public beach, send video messages to the Doomsday Killer, and enabling him to manipulate the PD at his every whim. Harry’s code, the central tenet of Dexter’s existence, became a non-factor, upending the premise of the show.

Bear in mind that the crux of the season hinged upon Dexter’s ability to take an unconscious body and a toddler down from the roof of a skyscraper in daylight, then to his car blocks away with no one noticing. Very odd. Also, the fact that Miami Metro doesn’t even enter a crime scene until the blood spatter analysis guy gets there was pretty convenient, considering the killer had painted Dexter’s face on the wall. Lots of lucky breaks for Dex this season. Thousands, it seems.

Dexter Didn’t Kill No One!

That’s not true, but he didn’t kill regularly. He also didn’t interact with the big bad this season, save for the last two or three episodes. One could argue that the writers were instead devoting that screen time and energy to exploring further who Dexter is, but one would be wrong. We examine who Dexter is through the dichotomy of his life. The writers of this show have never been capable enough to examine a dichotomy (or anything else) in a subtle fashion, so a glaring juxtaposition between his killing ritual and his daily rituals (much like we see in the opening credits) suffices. And while it might not demonstrate the deft, subtle hand of a Breaking Bad or The Sopranos, watching Dexter kill people has usually been fun enough to allow us to forgive the show’s sins.

The Twist Sucked

First, finding out that Hanks’ villain and Olmos’ were the same person was painfully predictable, so laboring over the reveal for nine episodes was cringeworthy. This season (the highest-rated season thus far) felt like it was playing to a broader, duller audience, with everything from the Saw-type contracptions, to the giant leaps forward that can only be made in police procedurals, to the squandering of Mos Def in the meaty role of Brother Sam. The twist was predictable, but even if it had been a grand revelation, the fact remains that nobody cared enough about “either” villain to give a damn. The struggle between Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos was boring, and I’m comfortable splitting that blame equally between uninspired writing and a Hanks performance so uninspired that it they easily could have replaced him with a bowl of lukewarm oatmeal.

The season was a total debacle with sophomoric, incompetent writing (which relied on Dexter’s painfully obvious voiceover in lieu of any exposition or credit due the audience), bad acting, and a general sense that the producers could reverse engineer logic to fit their painfully tedious story arcs.

Deb

Julie Benz was the sole bright spot during the entirety of the season, having Deb rival Dexter as the reason for continuing to watch the show, in spite of everything listed above. Her acting sold her struggles with lost love, trauma, stress, office politics, and finally, unresolved feelings for her brother. Fortunately, the cliffhanger in the final scene means that she and Dexter will have to contend with his secret going forward, which allows the viewer to witness the show’s two best assets (as characters and actors) in concert.

Yay, Deb.

The Dangling Plotlines

Initially, these felt incidental and, as the season ambled on, destined to be wrapped up neatly by episode 12. However, the fact that these stories are left with seasons to play themselves out might mean that a little more effort and attention is paid to them, rather than just the struggle between Dexter and the big bads. One can hope for a writing shake-up (desperately needed). Deputy Chief Mathews and the hookers appeared to resolve itself with a whimper over a dinner meeting, when it’s pretty clear that Dexter isn’t written well enough to resolve ANYTHING over a meal.

Quinn’s downward spiral made him a very easy character to say goodbye to, with the expectation that he would perform a redeeming act that would cost him his life. I completely expected his rescue of Batista to be that moment. Then I expected him to jump off the roof of the building in at the end of the finale.

Finally, we have the most shoehorned storyline of the season; the millionaire video game programmer who spent most of the season just lingering around as a lab intern in a fashion so obvious that he might as well have had a cardboard sign around his neck that said “stay tuned.”

I can’t guarantee that these plotlines will get any more interesting in the next season, but at least they weren’t subject to sloppy resolutions in this season.

Dexter Gets Back To Killing

Dexter moved with purpose in the finale, a purpose and urgency that the show hadn’t demonstrated in more than two seasons. The final kill table and nonchalant killing of the Cuban gunman reminded me that even when this show drags ass and treats me like an idiot, much can be forgiven simply by watching a thinly-veiled serial killer doing his thing.

I have never found Dexter to be a particularly good show. It doesn’t handle subtlety well, and the actions of the characters generally don’t mesh well with what we know about them. Convention has ruled, especially this season. But while many fawned over Dexter’s wife’s death at the end of season four, the “outing” of Dexter to Deb has the potential to actually change the trajectory of this show, which is a blessing, because it was wallowing in some shit-infested waters up until that point.

Yeah, I guess I’ll watch next season.

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Dexter Morgan’s 9 Greatest Kills http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/dexter-morgans-9-greatest-kills/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/dexter-morgans-9-greatest-kills/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 21:42:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240118 Knives are good and all, but it's important to branch out every once in a while.

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Season six of Dexter ended last night with another ritualistic killing long in the making, thus ending the reign of the Doomsday Killer. I’ll never look at the Book of Revelations the same way again.

While this season did serve up some awesome gore, it certainly has some tough competition in the murder department. Over the years, some of the gnarliest deaths on television have happened on Dexter. Here’s a rundown of the killer of killers‘ best kills. Hopefully, it will hold you over until next season.

Nathan Marten – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” Season Three

The code that Dexter lives by only allows him to kill fellow killers, but if his kids are involved, it’s personal. When a convicted sex offender takes an interest in his girlfriend’s daughter, Dexter pays him a visit. That visit ends with Dexter strangling him. While disposing of the body, he remembers he was supposed to pick up milk, so he retrieves it from the sex offender’s fridge. Ever the provider.

Cole Harmon – “Take It” Season Five

Cole Harmon was serving as the muscle in a ring of rapists and murderers, so Dexter needed to take him out before he could get to the crew’s ringleader, Jordan Chase. This was no small task, as Cole was as high-profile as he was twisted and evil. He was even able to smash through doors like Michael Myers. Dexter needed a little help with this one and recruited Lumen, Harmon’s only victim to have ever escaped. Putting a knife into the heart of her torturer proved to be a turn-on as it lead her directly into Dexter’s arms. That’s definitely a chapter that Neil Strauss didn’t cover in The Game.

Mike Donovan – “Dexter” Season One

Dexter’s first on-screen kill introduced us to his hobby with one small exception. His normal M.O. is to subdue and drug his victims. Then they wake to find they have been strapped to a table in a kill room tailored to their particular crimes. Dexter then makes them face photos of their victims, before he shames them and takes a drop of blood from their cheek. He then plunges a knife into their chest.

I guess his printer was broken this time around because in the case of the child-murderer choir master, he actually dug up the remains of the victims to hold before him, stating, “It took me a long time to get these little boys clean.”

Ummm… welcome to television. Let me just set a TiVo alert.

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Beware, Evildoers: ‘Dexter’ Renewed For Two More Seasons http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/beware-evildoers-dexter-renewed-for-two-more-seasons/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/beware-evildoers-dexter-renewed-for-two-more-seasons/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:48:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237226 By the time we reach season eight, it will just be Dexter sitting in a room having a dinner party with six ghosts.

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Saran wrap vendors rejoice! Dexter is getting renewed for two more seasons, with the next season, the series’ seventh, beginning production in LA next year. Each season will consist of the standard twelve episodes, which should make for 20 or so grisly murders. Yay!

This news comes after season six has garnered the show’s highest ratings yet, so it’s hardly a surprise. However, the critical acclaim that Dexter enjoyed early on has waned, with detractors claiming that the later seasons lack purpose.

While staying relevant and compelling in later seasons is a struggle most shows must content with, Showtime series seem to have a particularly difficult time with it. Weeds, Dexter, and Californication have all dropped in quality as they went on, causing audiences to wonder if the shows were ever more than an interesting premise.

Well Dexter will have two more seasons to give us an answer on that. Let’s just hope they dispatch this season’s villains in short order, cause they kinda suck.

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While perusing some recaps of this season’s Dexter, I came across a fascinating concept: the construct of the Magical Negro in fiction. While the term might not be familiar to you, its presence probably is.

The Magical Negro is a black character introduced in a work of fiction that finds a white protagonist in his moment of doubt, and teaches him a lesson or offers up some grand revelation, only to disappear the second their purpose has been served. The term was popularized during a Spike Lee speech in 2001, in which he dismissed this archetype while speaking to a group of film students. The characters aren’t always “magical” in the literal sense, but are often insightful or enlightened in a way that the protagonist isn’t. They also exhibit other exaggerated traits, such as empathy, patience, and a desire to talk to strange white people. The introduction of such characters has been criticized for being trite, lazy, and of course, they have been interpreted as racist.

I’m not really inclined to discuss the racist implications of such characters, though I feel the implication does exist, as the characters often work menial jobs or are criminal, and are treated as a curiosity that facilitates storytelling rather than enriching it.

So, without (much) commentary, here is an inexhaustive inventory of Magical Negroes in films, and what purpose they serve in their contexts.

Dick Hallorann – The Shining

The groundskeeper, played by Scatman Crothers, has a telepathic ability to communicate with youngster Danny. This gift is of course the titular “shining,” and it serves as a harbinger that not all is right at this hotel. Of course, once Jack Nicholson descends into madness and we’re already capable of figuring that out on our own, Dick is killed off with an axe.

Cash – The Family Man

You best believe that a Brett Ratner-directed film is going to a hackneyed and mildly offensive character in it! In the film, Nicholas Cage plays an executive asshole who is shown how his life could have been different by a criminal named Cash (played by Don Cheadle). Cash serves as a sort of spirit guide, and embodies the idea of “playing-against-type” that is inherent in the Magical Negro construct, in which a down and out or “second-class citizen” offers the better-off white protagonist the secrets to life.

John Coffey – The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan plays John Coffey, a gentle giant on death row for supposedly raping and killing two white girls. Here, the character plays against type as he’s depicted as being about 17 feet tall, but having a childlike innocence about him, fearing the dark and constantly crying.

Coffey is soon revealed to have magical powers, healing Tom Hank’s character’s urinary tract infection (Wait. What?) and the warden’s ailing wife. He also manages to resurrect a mouse. It is later demonstrated that Coffey is innocent, though he chooses to die anyway because of all the suffering in the world, or something like that.

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5 Movie Vigilantes Who Could Fight The Zetas http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/5-movie-vigilantes-who-could-fight-the-zetas/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/5-movie-vigilantes-who-could-fight-the-zetas/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:01:06 +0000 Noah Griffith http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230771 Why isn't Batman doing something about the Zetas?

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A couple weeks ago, Mexican drug traffickers known as the ‘Zetas’ dumped 35 bodies onto a street in Veracruz, marking a new level of terror in the state. That terror has spawned a new level of justice – the ‘Zeta Killers‘, an unidentified vigilante group aimed at getting rid of the Zetas by any means necessary.  To make matters worse, the authorities announced they would crack down on any vigilante violence that acts outside the law.

Though I’d like to think these ‘Zeta Killers’ can get the job done, the existence (and placement) of their water bottles is throwing me off. So, in the event they can’t do it, let’s see who easily could.

Batman – The Dark Knight

This is a no brainer.  Batman has vigilante violence down to a science; he also knows how to coax members of the law on to his side.  If he’s able to sneak into communist China undetected, there’s no reason why he couldn’t sneak into Veracruz in the same fashion.  This would also give him an excuse to snag a Zeta and scream “Where were the other drugs going?!?”

Creasy – Man on Fire

Not only is Creasy a demented lunatic, he knows his way around Mexico.  If he’s able to find kidnappers in big, bustling Mexico City, he can easily find drug traffickers in Cuernavaca. And it doesn’t hurt to have Tony Scott‘s neurotic 360 camera spins and Trent Reznor‘s beats blasting in the background.

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A Look At The New Blood In ‘Dexter’ Season Six http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-look-at-the-new-blood-in-dexter-season-six/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-look-at-the-new-blood-in-dexter-season-six/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:45:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=227482 Damn you, Dexter. You've pulled me back in.

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This behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming season of Colin Hanks as a creepy religion professor and his creepier disciple. It’s not clear what their plans are but we can see that it involves big knives and the name of God. That’s a bad combo. Also, joining this season is Mos (formerly Mos Def) as Brother Sam. At first he’ Dexter‘s target before a common interest reveals itself. Miami Metro is bringing in a moody new detective played by Billy Brown. He’s a no-nonsense Chicago native who sees working homicide as a business and doesn’t have time for department hijinks or detectives dressing like members of Smashmouth. Boy, he picked the wrong town.

And then there’s Aimee Garcia, who plays Batista’s hot sister and new nanny to Harrison. More importantly, she can be seen in a scene with Deb saying, “I came in here to give you a kiss goodnight. Not to look at pictures of dead bodies.” A) Fire that nanny. B) Is Deb in a same-sex relationship this season? Or perhaps a polyamorous couple?? I can so see Quinn being into that.

The new season of Dexter premieres October 2nd on Showtime.

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‘Dexter’ Season Six Video Still Promises To Be Better http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-season-six-still-promises-to-be-better/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexter-season-six-still-promises-to-be-better/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 21:29:15 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=224078 Dexter finds God... and a new showrunner.

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So far the looks we’ve had at The trailer was pretty awesome and who doesn’t love Edward James Olmos?

Today we have a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming season in advance of the October 2nd premiere. Looks like business as usual at Miami Metro – a dead body ends up on the beach and that somehow lead Dexter to a coalition of killers. But this time they’re murdering in the name of God, not in the name of “Hey, this will feel cool.”

The cast and crew are promising this will be the biggest and weirdest season yet, with the previously established rules poked right in the eye. Does that mean that the Batista and LaGuerta storyline will suddenly make sense and be interesting? I’m not ready for that.

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Comic-Con 2011: ‘Dexter’ Season 6 Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2011-dexter-season-6-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/comic-con-2011-dexter-season-6-trailer/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 05:42:24 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=221446 Dexter is his own personal Jesus.

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During its presentation at Comic-Con today, Showtime busted out a brand spankin’ new trailer for Dexter. Could season 6 wash away the bad taste left by the last season? Judging by the above footage, it’s damn well possible.

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'Dexter's' Dark Passenger Has An Announcement

Showtime had dropped another promo for the sixth season of their hit series Dexter. In this one Dexter shuffles through a church with voiceover that suggests maybe the serial killer of serial killers is working for a higher power. Is Dexter finally seeing the light, or getting his ticket punched on the train to Cuckoo Town?

Season 6 of Dexter premieres this fall.

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Comic-Con 2011: Thursday Schedule http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2011-thursday-schedule/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2011-thursday-schedule/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:10:52 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219256 Packed with your TV favorites. And 'Twilight'.

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It’s that time again, when the entire globe descends on the San Diego Convention Center for the biggest movie/TV/comic book extravaganza of the year. Screen Junkies will be at Comic-Con 2011 in full force with our backpacks and sunscreen because God forbid our little nosies should get burned. Be sure to let us know what you’re interested in seeing covered. I know last year you guys asked for a bunch of TV coverage, and it looks like you’re going to get the same this year, especially on opening day. Comic-Con kicks off with a ton of TV panels, including Game of Thrones, Archer, Dexter, and Beavis & Butthead (YAY!!!!!). There’s also an indie vampire movie entitled Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 making an appearance in Hall H in the morning. I don’t think the organizers are expecting much of a crowd for that one. I just hope no one gets stabbed in the face with a pen this year over a seat. I still have significant loss of my peripheral vision.

Here are our picks from Thursday’s schedule. You can check out the entire schedule HERE.

11:15-12:15 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated next chapter of The Twilight Saga. This is a must see for fans interested in the story’s final chapters. You’ll see exclusive footage from The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 and be treated to a filmmaker and cast Q&A session providing details on the first half of the epic two-part finale. Hall H

2:00-3:00 Napoleon Dynamite Original cast members from the hit indie film including Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin, Diedrich Bader and executive producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) present a new series following your favorite awkward teenager like you’ve never seen him before — animated! Join us for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of the newest member of FOX’s Animation Domination lineup and a “sweet” Q&A session. Room 7AB

3:00-4:00 Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A session— Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode debut season on June 19. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Some of the cast featured in the first season and appearing on this panel are (in alphabetical order) Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo. Moderated by George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series. Ballroom 20

3:15-4:30 20th Century Fox— At past Comic-Cons, 20th Century Fox has previewedIndependence Day, X2 Avatar, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. You won’t want to miss the excitement this year, as Fox presents first-looks at some of its most-anticipated pictures of 2011 and 2012. Hall H

4:00-5:00 Archer Screening and Q&A— This animated half-hour comedy revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its self-involved employees. Series creator Adam Reed (Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo) and the show’s voice-over actors discuss their daunting and enigmatic work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, and undercover surveillances — which are all actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gains and prosperity. Panelists include H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Jon Benjamin Has a Van) as the highly skilled yet incredibly vain master spy Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler (Talk Soup,CSI) as fellow agent provocateur Lana Kane; Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) as the easily intimidated comptroller of ISIS, Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer (Mad Love, Arrested Development) as the loquacious secretary, Cheryl/Carol; Amber Nash (Frisky Dingo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) as the discordant director of human resources for ISIS, Pam Poovey; andGeorge Coe (Funny People, Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Sterling’s elderly and always-exploited butler, Woodhouse. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:00-6:00 Beavis & Butthead In 1993, Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butthead) and MTV knocked their heads together and launched a cartoon series starring a couple of lunkheads and unwittingly started an animated pop culture revolution. Now, Beavis and Butthead are coming back to MTV in 2011 to unleash on music videos, Jersey Shore, viral videos, and more. See the first footage from the new episodes, and join Mike as he discusses the duo’s return to MTV! Room 6A

5:30-7:30 Showtime : Tired of Ordinary Television?— This year at Comic-Con, Showtime saves! The casts and creative forces behind Dexter and Shameless give sneak peeks into the new seasons. And be the first to see an exclusive look at the new Showtime original series Homeland. Ballroom 20

6:00-7:00 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro on the Future of Pop Culture— EW moderates an in-depth conversation with Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens) and Guillermo del Toro (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), two filmmakers at the forefront of bringing geek culture to the masses and making blockbuster art out of pulp fiction. They will discuss their inspirations, their current work, and how they strive to put a personal stamp on blockbuster entertainment. Plus: How is new technology changing the way stories are produced and viewed? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen.Hall H

6:15-7:30 Wilfred Screening and Q &A— Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Happy Feet) stars as Ryan, a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred, his neighbor’s canine pet, played by Jason Gann (The Wedge, Mark Loves Sharon), who co-created and starred in the Australian version of Wilfred in 2007. While everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, Ryan sees a crude and surly man in a cheap dog suit. Elijah and Jason, along with Wilfred co-stars Fiona Gubelmann(Californication, Cold Case) and Dorian Brown (Roommates, Psych), executive producer David Zuckerman (Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill), and co-executive producer/director Randall Einhorn (The Office, Modern Family) discuss bringing this unique, live-action comedy to life. Room 6A

 

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Laurie Masters loves her som Dexter.

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Comic-Con 2011: Showtime And FX’s Parade Of Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/comic-con-2011-showtime-and-fxs-parade-of-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/comic-con-2011-showtime-and-fxs-parade-of-shows/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:14:25 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217691 All of your favorites will be in attendance.

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And the Comic-Con 2011 TV panels just keep on comin’. We’ve already heard the schedules for Warner Bros., HBO and FOX, and now Showtime and FX have finalized theirs. Expect all of your favorites from the two edgy cable networks to make an appearance.

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Will ‘Dexter’ Get Its Groove Back? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/will-dexter-get-its-groove-back/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/will-dexter-get-its-groove-back/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:40:15 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217497 Showrunner Scott Buck gives us a rundown of the upcoming, hopefully awesome sixth season.

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We won’t have to wait much longer to see Dexter Morgan thin down Miami’s overwhelmingly large serial killer population. The new season of”Dexter“ is set to premiere this Fall on Showtime and today Entertainment Weekly have details about where the anti-hero’s head is at and which guest stars he will be taking for a night cruise.

Newly-appointed guy in charge of making this season not suck, Scott Buck had this to say,

“[It's] a very strong, sure-of-himself Dexter, which would be the difference from the Dexter of last year, where Dexter was questioning himself about everything. A year has passed since the end of last season, so Dexter has put his life in order. Things are good for him. He’s very centered, strong and focused, much the same way he was in season 1, but now he knows so much more. He’s a much more self-assured person. A more evolved serial killer.”

He also shares some info about the killer Edward James Olmos will play. As well as his disciples played by Colin Hanks and Mos (formerly Def).

“Professor Gellar is someone that all of Miami is seeking out. He becomes a big person of interest in some crimes that are being committed in Miami. They are probably the biggest crimes we’ve ever seen on this show. We’re going toward a different kind of serial killer than what we usually see. This is someone more in line with the Zodiac Killer…. He kills people with great conviction. This is probably the first serial killer we’ve had who thinks he’s in the right.”

“Professor Gellar definitely feels like he’s killing for a reason, and Dexter is very, very curious to know what exactly that reason is, and to try to understand it in some way. It’s very intriguing and baffling, and it doesn’t make sense to Dexter.”

“[Colin Hanks's] Travis Marshall is a close acquaintance of Professor Gellar. The two of them work together. Professor Gellar is a character with tremendous charisma, and Travis has very much fallen under his power…. Travis has absolutely no interest or inclination to hurt anyone, yet he’s also someone who’s strongly driven by a belief system that compels him to do things he doesn’t necessarily want to do. ”

“[Mos's] He’s a former street thug who found God while in prison, and now we call him Brother Sam rather than Father Sam, because he’s not so much a preacher or a minister — he’s someone who is trying to live what he believes is a righteous life by helping others. He runs an auto-body shop and he hires ex-cons, trying to help them get their lives straight. One of them becomes a suspect in a crime and that leads [Brother Sam] to cross paths with Dexter.”

Another great question that EW posed, Why did last season suck so bad and what are you going to do about it, fucko? I’m paraphrasing.

“Just the fact that it was Dexter on a very dark path. It became so heavy and brooding at times that we really wanted to brighten up Dexter’s world a bit…. You couldn’t kill Rita and not have Dexter go to that place, but we spent a season there and now we’ve turned him around. Life is good now.”

I wasn’t the biggest fan of season five but the show has been pretty good in past seasons and that’s enough to get me to watch again. As long as it keeps throwing crazy twists our way, it should be able to get its groove back.

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‘Dexter’s’ Dark Passenger Has An Announcement http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexters-dark-passenger/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dexters-dark-passenger/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:48:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=216533 Dexter Morgan and Showtime would like you to know that the new season is not going to suck.

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Dexter Morgan and Showtime would like you to know that the new season is not going to suck as much as last. After a shaky fifth season, Dexter is back to his old self and that doesn’t just mean a renewed interest in Pearl Jam. It also means killing Mos Def and Colin Hanks.

I love the show and am ready for a return to form, but it bodes poorly that the new promo is essentially a direct rip-off of the “Teen Wolf” promo that has been airing everywhere these past few months.

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‘Dexter’ Adds A Pretty Lady To Its Cast http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dexter-adds-a-pretty-lady-to-its-cast/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dexter-adds-a-pretty-lady-to-its-cast/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 21:46:43 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213912 Remember the name Brea Grant. Or not, you can always look it up later.

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Colin Hanks, and Mos Def making their way to the serial killer dramedy. Now it turns out that there is going to be a lady after all: Brea Grant, best known for her roles in Halloween II and “Heroes.” The announcement came from Grant’s website, like so:

“no spoilers but i’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing me in a white lab coat.”

Ooooh, a white lab coat! I wonder if this means she’ll be playing a sexy owner of a white lab coat store. I guess I’ll have to wait until the new season of “Dexter” premieres on Showtime in the fall. (BreaGrant.com)

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