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
First of all 500 points to all the fish-head aficionados among you And 50 extra points to anyone who sang the song out loud when you read the words Secondly thanks to all of you eagle-eyed readers who caught my error when I inadvertently wrote that Dexter returned to the cabin to kill Doakes obviously more wishful thinking on my part I honestly dont know what Dex will do with Doakes but I will try to be more vigilant in my serial factsWith lines like Im the helpful handyman how evil can I possibly be this was one of the funniest Dexters yet Other good linesI always thought hardening arteries squeezed the life out of my father but it was meThats fine Tie me up put me in the trunk Lets goIve got a coworker in a cage things arent going so wellI really enjoyed our conversations James I lie to everyone I know except my victims right before I kill them Hard to establish much of a rapport there Sorry about the cageMas
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
In the first installment of our talk with Michael C. Hall, star of Showtime's hit Dexter (Sundays at 9 pm/ET), the actor told us about what makes the likeable serial killer tick. This time we hear about Dexter's closest allies and his biggest foe, his complicated relationship with his dead father, those evocative voiceovers, and what's up next for Hall.
TVGuide.com: Tell us about Dexter and his sister, Debra (played by Jennifer Carpenter). It seems like she's the most steady person in his life.Michael C. Hall: From the beginning, he says, "If I had feelings for anyone, it would be for Deb." She was there from the beginning for him. And while the door was maybe closed in her face or she stayed home, she was around for all of the years of mentoring or whatever you want to call it, whatever went on between Harry and Dexter. And in a
Question: Last week's Dexter compelled me to write to you. I am a huge fan of the show and think it's probably the most thrilling hour in my packed TV week. The writing is just extremely well done: The characters are written very precisely and imaginatively, the atmosphere is always very dense and gripping, and I especially like Dexter's voiceovers — which are never melodramatic and are so cynical, crude and sometimes even humorous that they either leave me grinning or shivering. They also provide insight into his sick mind. The excellent cast adds only to the brilliance of this show, especially Michael C. Hall's terrific portayal of Dexter. In the episode where he discovers his blood trophies are gone, his performance felt so real, it just blew me away. What are your thoughts on the second season? In my opinion, it can effortlessly stand up to the first and is even better in terms of suspense. Dexter's showdown with Doakes in the Everglades was so shockingly unexpected that I ...
Question: Give me some Dexter prattle, or I may have to think of a couple of Dexter-ish schemes to use on you.
Answer: Lila's love affair with fire will be rekindled — and this time someone gets burned.
Question: Will Lundy be back next season on Dexter? Any new spoilers on whether or not his relationship with Deb continues?
Answer: All I'll say is it's not looking good for these two — and hallelujah to that. The Deb-Lundy romance was as ill-conceived as it was clumsily executed, and it dragged down what was otherwise a solid sophomore season. There were times I felt like the show's writers had handed their scenes off to someone at October Road to pen. Heck, the couples on The Hills have more nuanced dialogue than these two.
Question: What's going to happen on Dexter? You never talk about this show — and there are only two episodes left! Come on, give me something!
Answer: Thanks to a little thing called a portable DVD player, I killed all 10 airborne hours flying to and from L.A. this weekend (fight on, Trojans!) watching the entire second season of Dexter — and that includes this Sunday's penultimate episode as well as the Dec. 16 season finale. And without giving too much away, I can tell you that A) the final two eps are bloody good, B) there are two major deaths — one of which shocked even me, and C) we'll see Dex do something he's never done before: tell someone he's close to that he's the Bay Harbor Butcher — five times, no less.
Dexter courtesy Peter Iovino/Showtime
If the WGA strike marches on into the new year, CBS — which on Monday unveiled a somewhat lackluster "strike schedule" for January/February — may solicit some Showtime programming to freshen its slate. According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves said at a Tuesday investor conference that "Dexter is probably the first one to go on — with some edits." (Gee, you think?) "It fits with our crime shows."At minimum, Dex might just be called upon to kill off the entire cast of Cane.
Jason Clarke and Jason Isaacs in Brotherhood by Jim Fiscus/Showtime
This Sunday, it sure didn't feel as if the sweeps month had already ended. Major pivotal episodes of ABC's hit series, a movie special on CBS (one of the better Hallmark Hall of Fames to air in a while) and, somewhat lost in the shuffle, a season finale of one of TV's more underappreciated dramas. That's a lot to digest.First off, the watercooler show of the night was unquestionably Desperate Housewives, capping an above-par season with the long-awaited arrival of a devastating twister. The circumstances were just about as far-fetched as most things that happen in this diverting comedic soap, but that final shot of a flattened Wisteria Lane was truly apocalyptic. Lynnettes banshee screech would have been justified even if she hadnt just realized the house where her family had hunkered down in the basement was buried in rubble. Outstanding.(For the record, I side with those who think that Ida, the owner of the wayward cat, is probably the friend referred to in...