It's hard to imagine the father from My Three Sons in a mess like this. TV's newest widowed dad, Dexter Morgan, has left his kids at home to get the goods on a suspect he thinks may be a murderer. If that's true, Dex will probably have to kill the guy, just as he's offed 60-odd other psychos since the Showtime series began in 2006. Of course, Dexter himself might be the next casualty if he keeps the kids and their new nanny waiting much longer.
"It's definitely not easy balancing single fatherhood with the sort of affliction Dexter has," Michael C. Hall says with wry amusement on the set in Los Angeles, where Season 5 finds his character dealing with the aftermath of his wife Rita's death. In case you missed the most jaw-dropping twist in Dexter history, here's what went down in last season's finale...
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Have faith. Always a good motto to go by as we embark on the roller-coaster ride of a new TV season.
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No show asks us to take more of a leap of faith each week than Fox's Glee, the over-the-top high-school musical fantasy that can be sensationally entertaining and thoroughly irritating sometimes within the same episode — or even the same scene. (Flashback to last week's Britney Spears homage episode. A mess story-wise, but the music-video production numbers were a wow, and while the "Toxic" group number was a Fosse-esque highlight, the cutaways to the grotesque student-body euphoria were, in a word, toxic...
Vanessa Williams has made Wisteria hot again as the flashy and privileged Renee, Lynette's frenemy (and Bree's romantic rival). Between scripted dramas and reality TV — whether they're getting romantic with the local handyman or flipping over a table — it seems housewives are all over the small screen. So tell us: Who do you think is the hottest housewife on television right now?
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Drug dealer Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) sure blew her chance at Mother of the Year on Weeds this season. Her once sweet son Shane (Alexander Gould) has sprouted into a disturbed killer who can hold his own in a Mexican standoff. We asked the soft-spoken Gould, 16, about playing TV's youngest psycho killer....
It's a whole new reality for Lauren Conrad: The Hills' leading lady will be returning to MTV for a new series following her budding fashion career, and she tells TV Guide Magazine this time she's in control of just how intrusive the ever-present cameras will be....
Looks like The Event's supersecretive Sophia Maguire (Laura Innes) — the leader of several longtime detainees of the U.S. government — has started opening up about her group's top-secret origins. Why now? She has faith in U.S. president Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood)...
To quote Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington, talk about bringing down the house.
For its second show of the season, the sobfest took a break from rebuilding floors and walls to raise the roof when guest Kristin Chenoweth stopped by for a little song and dance. Aside from Brian Austin Green on Desperate Housewives, it was the cutest thing on TV last night....
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How could the death of As the World Turns been avoided? Was Guiding Light the victim of low-ratings or something insidious? Are certain networks execs looking to save the soaps — or their own asses? That recent 113-degree heat wave in L.A. may be nothing compared to the upcoming scorcher Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter (4th Street Media) due in 2011 from veteran journalist Carolyn Hinsey (Soap Opera Digest, New York Daily News). One of the most dynamic and provocative voices in the suds world, Hinsey says her book is packed with insider analysis and celebrity contributions but is also written from a true fan's perspective. And she will take no prisoners...
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Question: One of my favorite shows is Fringe, but I can't help but wonder if Fox could pull an X-Files switch. I'm thinking maybe it should be moved to Sunday nights at 9/8c. This was great for The X-Files and made Sunday nights so darn cool. Fringe has that type of feel, and let's face it: two hours of cartoons is a bit much. I have a feeling they could get a nice ratings spike as well. Curious to know what you think — and do we really need more CSI-type shows? — Michael
Matt Roush: Well, those are two very different questions. And one doesn't really inform the other. CSI-style procedurals are still the flavor of the decade — especially on CBS, which knows exactly how to feed its audience — and everyone wants to be in on this lucrative game. But a show like Fringe will always be separate and special, and Fox knows that. The network has done a pretty good job of nurturing the show to where it can go all-out this season. So far, the results have been spectacular, creatively anyway...