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.
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.
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
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!
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
Michael C. Hall in Dexter by Peter Iovino/Showtime
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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 —
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.
I've got good news and bad news about the latest installment of my Ausiello Report vodcast, now available for your viewing pleasure via this handy link.Let's get the bad news out of the way first: After this week's episode, AR is going on a little end-of-year hiatus, with fresh episodes returning in early January.Now for the good news: Befitting a fall finale, we're going out with a bang. I did the math and this is, by far, our biggest, most scoop-filled show ever. In addition to details on how Grey's will resolve the Mer/Derek/Rose triangle, AR 1.41 contains major-ass intel on the upcoming series finale of The Shield, a looming cliff-hanger on Bones, and this Sunday's stunning Season 2 conclusion of Dexter. And I haven't even gotten to the most shocking thing about this week's show. To say more would ruin what could go down as the biggest watercooler moment of '07.Enjoy!
Elisabeth Waldo and Daniel Licht
It's wholly apropos that Dexter composer Daniel Licht chose pre-Columbian instruments — from both human and animal bones — to energize his evocative score. On Showtime's much-acclaimed series, Michael C. Hall plays Miami police forensic-scientist Dexter Morgan, who moonlights as a dismembering vigilante, satisfying serial-killer instincts and applying a strict moral code enforced by his late foster father. In Dexter's world, no one gets away with murder.
Licht sought out musical-archaeologist Elisabeth Waldo and was the first composer since legendary Maurice Jarre (Dr. Zhivago) allowed to play her pre-Columbian instruments. It's made from a human femur bone, "probably one that was sacrificed," Licht tells TV Guide, "then painted, with notches carved into it."
The composer describes the sound of