Dexter on Showtime

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When a movie or a TV show is ...

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Question: When a movie or a TV show is based on a true story, or based on a book as in the case of Dexter, why does Hollywood change the storyline and the plot around? What's the purpose of basing a show on a book or true story if it's going to change things around and not convey the original story? I know you've said before that complaints have reached epic proportions, but I feel mine are legit. Everyone was excited about the plots and storylines on Dexter and what was happening with Doakes, but I wasn't. Why? It wasn't in the book! You've said that you've read the books, so you know what I am talking about. I may not watch Dexter next season! Answer: Couldn't disagree more, I'm afraid. What excites me most about the way the Showtime version of Dexter has developed is the very fact that it has chosen to diverge from the books and is now telling its own stories. Dexter is based on a terrifically enjoyable series of novels by Jeff Lindsay, but once the first season wrapped (having hewed ... read more

Strike Watch: Another Day in Late Night

Jon Stewart by Kevin Fitzsimons/Comedy Central

The only true “moment of Zen” I experienced while watching the awkward writer-free return of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Monday night — or, as Jon Stewart is now calling it, “A Daily Show” — was when his sole guest, a professorial labor expert, said of bitter strikes like the one the Writers’ Guild is currently engaged in: “It’s never intractable.... Eventually, they all get solved.”From his lips to....What a day it was in Strike World. The shoe finally dropped regarding NBC’s telecast of this Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards. The ceremony is canceled, and the awards will be presented in a news-conference style, covered exclusively by NBC News. Talk about your lose-lose propositions. Conferring “news” status on the Globes is an absurd exercise in hollow self-importance. The only reason the Globes is worth a toss isn’t because of who wins — just try to remember who won any of last year’s awards... read more

CBS Eyes Dexter for February Sweeps Killing

Michael C. Hall by Peter Iovino/Showtime

CBS is bringing cable's favorite serial killer to broadcast TV. Starting Feb. 17, the first season of Showtime's Dexter will air Sundays at 10 on the Eye network. Dexter will become the first pay cable show ever to get a full-season broadcast run on CBS, as the network's supply of scripted programs is being depleted by the WGA strike.Dexter stars Emmy-nominated Michael C. Hall as a Miami police forensics expert with an uncontrollable urge to kill. The series recently delivered a series-high 1.4 million viewers with its second season finale on the CBS-owned Showtime, which is available in 15 million homes. CBS will edit the 12 episodes of the first season to meet broadcast television content standards. — Stephen BattaglioWhat's your take, charter Dexter fans? Might sanitizing the show for network TV rob it of some of its prurient goodness?POLL: Dexter virgins, might you give it a try on CBS? Vote here. read more

OMG! That was a freaking ...

Question: OMG! That was a freaking great finale of Dexter! I can’t wait for the third season! I am so glad that he got rid of Lila in the end.


Answer: Now if he had gotten rid of Deb, too, I'd really be looking forward to next season.

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Daisies and Dexter Get their Due

Pushing Daisies and Dexter — two shows that could seriously keep each other in business, think about it! — on Sunday were named outstanding television comedy and drama at the annual Satellite Awards, handed out by the International Press Academy. Acting-wise, Michael C. Hall and Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy) took the lead drama categories, Stephen Colbert and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) were the top comedy performers, and David Zayas (Dexter) and Vanessa Williams (Betty) walked away with supporting honors.On the feature side, No Country for Old Men and Juno were named top drama and comedy, while Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises), Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Ellen Page (Juno) won the acting races.Related:• Cheers & Jeers takes a stab at Dexter's season finale read more

Cheers: Dexter's Killer Finale

Jaime Murray and Michael C. Hall by Randy Tepper/Showtime

Cheers to Dexter for finishing its second season with a flourish. Michael C. Hall's "Bay Harbor Butcher" lived to slay another day after his crazy ex-lover Lila murdered his pursuer Sgt. Doakes — making it morally justifiable for Dex to off her. (I love a happy ending.) The skillfully executed episode capped a stellar year for Showtime, which just saw the Golden Globes recognize several of its series (although, sadly, not its best, Brotherhood). Want proof Showtime is the new HBO? Dexter's finale was funnier and more entertaining than Ricky Gervais' bloated, dispiriting Extras swan song, which aired opposite it on HBO. In short: Dexter kills.Related:• Daisies and Dexter Get Their Due• Read and react to Bruce's opinions on 30 Rock, Project Runway and more!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

“The British Invasion”

If it werent for the last four minutes of tonights final Dexter I might have sworn off the series forever How could he not kill Lila The screen went black I was flabbergasted That false ending gave me a heart attack But alas our dear writers once again rose to the occasion giving us the kill we had been waiting for nearly all season And what a way to go First of all who would open a door to a cabin in the middle of nowhere with someone inside shouting Let me out Thank goodness Lilas as crazy as she is nay was Poor James I understand why he had to go the way he had to go but I am going to miss the big lug He wasnt such a bad guy However Im his soul mate were probably not the comforting words Doakes wanted to hear come of his potential rescuers mouth He should have known it was curtains for him at that point Lila was certainly in her element when Doakes told her that her beloved Dexter was the Butche read more

Dexter Debrief, L Word Change and Other News Briefs

Michael C. Hall in Dexter by Peter Iovino/Showtime

Showtime is partnering with Meebo to present on-demand video of Dexter producers and talent discussing the season finale immediately following its Sunday airing.... The L Word this season will air Sundays at 9 pm/ET, starting Jan. 6.... Sean Kanan (Karate Kid III, the best A.J. Q.) has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his Aug. 18 arrest, and has been sentenced to 96 hours in county jail and five years' probation. In addition, says TMZ, he must participate in an alcohol education program.... As The Sarah Connor Chronicles' debut nears, Fox invites you to visit GetTerminated.com, where fans can upload transform a pic of themselves into a T-888 Terminator. read more

You say you don't know what ...

Question: You say you don't know what you think of Dexter possibly airing on CBS. I don't get Showtime and I've been looking forward to seeing Dexter on DVD (I haven't quite gotten to it on my rental queue). My opinion: There's no way I'm dropping it from my queue to watch a defanged version on CBS. Also, Leslie Moonves thinks Dexter "fits in" with CBS procedurals? Really? I haven't seen it, but that's not what I'd expect from the descriptions I've read. (And statements like that make me wonder if I should re-think my rental.) What do you think? Answer: Stick to your guns. (Or in this case, your instruments of dismemberment.) Diluting some of Showtime's series as a strike-contingency stopgap for CBS is a desperation move, and it may work better for some shows than others. I'd still recommend watching the unaltered versions. While much of Dexter's violent content can probably be tweaked without losing most of its impact — the series implies gore more often than it actually revels in it — ... read more

Will there be a third season ...

Question: Will there be a third season of Dexter?


Answer: Yes, but the name of a series regular will be missing from the opening credits. And you'll find out which one when the second-season finale airs this Sunday.

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