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19 Times Life and The West Wing Imitated Each Other

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At times, the modern political climate may seem stranger than fiction, so it may be comforting (or disconcerting) to know that several recent political events initially took place years prior, on NBC's beloved series The West Wing, which aired from 1999 to 2006. While some of its more prescient episodes tackle obvious issues (i.e. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), other coincidences are downright bizarre (i.e. characters who bear striking similarities to Barack Obama and John McCain squaring off in a... read more

Top Moments: Bill Murray Bedazzles on Late Show, and Breaking Bad Gets Fired Up

Bill Murray and David Letterman

Our top moments of the week:

13. Biggest Disappointment: In the midst of a lackluster final season, Dexter reveals that the identity of the season-long villain, The Brain Surgeon, is Vogel's son ... whom no one cares about. This is almost as bad as when we learned that Edward James Olmos was a figment of Colin Hanks' imagination in Season 6. Anticlimactic much?

12. Sauciest Critique: Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson never fails to brighten the So You Think You Can Dance judges' panel with his cheeky wit and genuine fanboy fawning. In his latest visit, he vows to... read more

On the Set: Will Dexter's Secret Be Revealed?

Dexter

Even after six seasons, Dexter still botches a kill now and then. At the moment, he's trying to take out a nasty-looking thug, but the blade in Michael C. Hall's hand won't flip into position. He flips once — nothing. Again, nope. Third time, Hall just flings the thing and starts laughing. Which gets the thug laughing, which gets everybody on the Dexter set laughing, too. 

"You'd think I'd know how to slash a throat," Hall says, breaking character. You'd think. But you'd also think meticulous Dexter would have locked the cathedral door behind him last season before plunging a sword into poor Colin Hanks' chest on the church altar. In Season 6's unholy finale, Dexter offed Hanks' Travis "Doomsday Killer" Marshall with his trademark efficiency and calm. Only this time, there was a witness — Dexter's saucer-eyed sister, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter).

For Dexter, Deb and breathless fans alike (not to mention shrink-wrapped Travis), it was a stunning twist — years in the teasing — that instantly reinvigorated a so-so season just as it ended. It also sets up the series for its conclusion next season. As Hall says, "It was, like, knife-in-chest, Debra sees it, reset-button-on-the-show. Everything is suddenly reframed, recontextualized, more complicated and more layered, not just for the audience but for us as actors."

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Dexter Finale Scoop: Will Travis Land on Dexter's Table?

Michael C. Hall

Dexter Morgan has been nearly outed by co-worker (R.I.P., Doakes), landed on the Ice Truck Killer's table and discovered his dead wife in a bathtub of blood. But never before has Dexter's titular hero landed himself in such a pickle as being left for dead in the middle of the ocean.

In Season 6's penultimate episode Dexter (Michael C. Hall) neglected to take care of himself following the Wormwood incident at the station, leaving him easy prey to be kidnapped by Doomsday Killer Travis (Colin Hanks), who left the serial-killing blood spatter analyst in the middle of the sea surrounded by fire. However, swimming ashore is the least of Dexter's worries once Travis sets his sights on... Harrison.

Showtime renews Dexter for two more seasons

Will Dexter be able to save his son from certain death? TVGuide.com spoke with executive producer Sara Colleton to get the scoop on their final showdown. Plus: What's with Deb's naughty dreams about her brother?! read more

Southland Scoop: Lou Diamond Phillips to Guest-Star

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips will guest-star on the Season 4 premiere of TNT's Southland, TVGuide.com has learned.

Southland recruits Lucy Liu for Season 4

The former NUMB3RS and Stargate Atlantis star will play Danny Ferguson, a physically intimidating beat cop who is deeply cynical about law enforcement. His views cause more than a little tension with Ben (Benjamin McKenzie) and Sammy (Shawn Hatosy), but when the time comes to put up or shut up, Ferguson proves to be an exceptional officer... read more

Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Fringe, Doctor Who, Dexter and More

Donnie Wahlberg

FRIDAY

Tonight's Top Pick: When worlds collide, Fox's cult gem Fringe (9/8c) is at the top of its game. You've never seen a murder-mystery manhunt like tonight's chilling and provocative episode, in which the Fringe team from the "other" world enlists "our" Olivia to cross over to track down a serial killer in the alt-universe — by bringing along the madman's doppelganger from our world, who happens to be a professor specializing in forensic pathology and profiling. The "what-if" vibes are fascinating as the professor — and by extension everyone in the dual-universe loop — considers the vagaries of fate and environment when confronted with "the path not taken." The story is suspenseful, poignant and wonderfully original. And in case you're wondering why Walter stays behind, surrounding himself with a cacophony of music: It may have something to do with that nagging disembodied voice he can't stop hearing. Hurry home soon, Peter Bishop!

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My Boys' Jordana Spiro Hits Dexter

Jordana Spiro

My Boys may be dead, but Jordana Spiro sure isn't. She's set to appear on Dexter next season... hmmm, maybe we should be worried about her.

Dexter Exclusive: In Season 6, Dexter finds... faith?

The sixth season of the Showtime series will explore Dexter's struggle to find something to pass onto his son besides his Dark Passenger. With faith among the things he's exploring, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) will come across Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos), a renowned professor of religious study, and Travis (Colin Hanks), an antiquities restorer at the Miami Museum. Spiro will play... read more

First Look: Dexter Gets His Wings

Dexter

Producers promised Dexter would explore faith this season and in this first-look photo, it looks like he's earned his wings — in blood, at least.

Dexter Exclusive: In Season 6, Dexter finds... faith?

When "the avenging angel returns," Dexter (Michael C. Hall) will take on single parenting while hiding his secret hobby from his increasingly suspicious sister. The Showtime series will further the spirituality theme with the addition to the cast of Edward James Olmos as a renowned professor of religious history and Mos as an ex-con who found his mission in life by helping other cons. Colin Hanks also appears as an antiquities restorer at the Miami Museum.

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Showtime Sets House of Lies Premiere, Dexter Crosses With Dan Brown

Michael C. Hall, Kristen Bell

Showtime's raunchy comedy House of Lies will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 8, between the returns of Shameless and Californication, Showtime's president of entertainment announced to TV critics during fall previews Thursday.

"We're not an advertiser environment, so we have the ability to push the limits," David Nevins said. "Beneath [the show]'s glossy, fancy prettiness is a really subversive show. It's an R-rated comedy that's really addictive in a way that no one else can get away with."

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Comic-Con: 5 Things Dexter Will Find in Dexter's Sixth Season

Michael C. Hall

Dexter's titular serial killer will be bloody busy this season as he takes on single parenting, hiding his secret hobby, and the ever-encroaching suspicions of his sister. On Thursday at Comic-Con, the cast and producers of Dexter dished on the new season, which jumps ahead a year. Which one of his victims encourages his journey to find faith?

Dexter Exclusive: In Season 6, Dexter finds... faith?

Here are the five things Dexter will find this season: read more

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