From Variety: Sunday proved to be a night of historic highs for a trio of cablers. The season finale of Dexter was seen by 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode of any program in Showtime 's history. E! saw a boffo turnout of 4.1 million for the fourth season bow of Keeping Up with the Kardashians . But football and broadcast TV still reigned supreme, with NBC's telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants contest pulling in 20.9 million viewers. Dexter blossomed into a ratings monster for Showtime in its fourth season. A week ago, the penultimate episode of the season drew 2.1 million viewers, which was the highest aud in 10 years for Showtime but last night's finale bested that short-lived record. For E!, the "Kardashians" essentially tied the high-water mark set in 2002 with an Anna Nicole Smith special, which garnered 8,000 more viewers. "Kardashians" preem, which about doubled last season's first episode, also set an E! record for delivery in the 18-49 demo (2.8 rating) and in women 18-34 (5.6). At TV Guide Network, "I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story" was No. 1-rated special in the cabler's history. Combining the 8 p.m. premiere and a repeat an hour later, 4.8 million viewers tuned in. As for the pigskin, Sunday's Eagles-Giants game marked the seventh time this season that more than 20 million have tuned in for "Sunday Night Football." The most-watched game of the year was Sept. 20 when the Dallas Cowboys opened up their new stadium and lost to the Giants. Source
[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains key plot details from Sunday's Season 4 finale.] Dexter may have killed Arthur Mitchell, aka the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow), in the Season 4 finale of Dexter, but not before Trinity murdered Dexter's wife Rita (Julie Benz). We sat down with Lithgow at the Dexter finale party Sunday to hear his thoughts on the game-changing developments. Lithgow also discussed how the serial killer was almost spared from Dex's table and if he'll be returning to the show post-mortem. To Read More Click Here .
When the producers of "Dexter" said they were going to give one shocking finale that no other shows had ever done, they were not kidding. [Spoiler Alert] Rita Bennett aka Dexter's wife and one of the major characters in the serial killer series has been killed off and no one saw that coming. Clyde Phillips was available to explain. In an exclusive interview with the executive producer, EW threw the burning question of why it was Rita who should take the fall. To this Phillips said, "The story evolved and it kind of became inevitable. We knew that we had to do more than kill Trinity. It's a little bit of a corner that we paint ourselves into. Last year we tried to avoid that and actually I think we didn't do as well as we could have." Clyde added that they had to raise the bar as Trinity's death would be inevitable. On the Sunday, December 13 finale, Rita was supposed to hop on a cab and head to romantic gateway when she forgot her ID. She ended up being murdered in the bathtub by Trinity while baby Harrison was left crying in her pool of blood. This image mirrors Dexter's traumatic childhood when he watched his mother died before him and was soaked in her blood. Julie Benz, the actress who played Rita, is said to be unhappy with the character being killed off. "She loved being with us. We loved having her with us. She took it... professionally. She was greatly disappointed. She's a professional. She works in television. She knew that this was a possibility," Phillips revealed. He also could not confirm whether Rita will be back as a ghost in future episodes. For one thing, the writers actually had an alternative ending that eventually was not picked. "While Dexter was packing to leave, he saw on the television that a child murderer had just escaped from prison. Either escaped or fallen thru the cracks. So he's thinking, 'Do I join Rita on vacation or do I...' and then he looks towards the camera and he has this big decision," Phillips elaborated. Rita's death is not the only shock in the finale. Deb found out that Dex is related to the Ice Truck Killer and whether she will find out Dex's alter ego, this would be the cliffhanger for season 5. Showtime has not arranged a date for the return but traditionally, it will begin around September. Source Here
This week TV did its best to impress us. Top Chef and Melrose Place shocked us with left-field developments. Monk's departure was both conclusive and heartfelt. SNL put its cast's prodigious comedy talents on display. And The Biggest Loser proved that changing one's body can change one's life. Welcome to Top Moments: Dressed to Impress Edition. 12. Best Debut: TNT's Men of a Certain Age takes a more dramatic route in its premiere, but Ray Romano & Co. are still good for a few laughs. When Joe (Romano) accidentally runs over a possum, he can't move on until he makes sure the creature is put out of its misery. So he runs over it again. And again. Joe feels great... until he sees the possum get up and walk away in his rearview mirror as he drives away. It's a metaphor, people! 11. Best Bad Guy: Though Top Chef's Kevin (and his beard!) were fan favorites, we had a hunch the win would go to a Voltaggio. But not Michael -- he's evil! Isn't he? After Season 6 villain claimed the prize, something came over him: actual human emotion. He wept like a little girl, but later said in interviews that he was just feeling bad that his brother Bryan didn't win. 10. Unhappiest Ending: After endlessly annoying back-and-forth on Brothers & Sisters, Justin and Rebecca finally lock eyes on the beach in Malibu and prepare to exchange vows. But before they can get to "I do," Kitty, who was hiding the news that her tumor had grown, colllapses on the sand. So much for the honeymoon! 9. Best Breakup: 90210's Annie finally knows that Jasper is a no-good drug dealer, but she's not the only one who knows stuff! After Annie gives Jasper the heave-ho, he reveals, with characteristic smarm/charm that he knows that Annie is the one who hit his homeless uncle with her car - and left him to die. 8. Best Discovery: On Dexter, Trinity proves it isn't impossible to outsmart Dexter when he follows him into the station and discovers he's part of the homicide team. In the nail-biting climax, the two lock eyes. "Hello, Dexter Morgan," says Trinity, reading Dexter's name off his badge. To Read More Click Here .
This is it, Dexter fans. It's the moment we've all been waiting for. In next week's season 4 finale, Deb finally gets the dirt on another one of Harry's CIs and stumbles on the scary truth about Laura Moser, also known as Dexter's biological mother--- which could all lead to her discovery of Dexter's real identity. Full Story!
Showtime just released this sneak preview from the season finale of âDexterâ Season 4 starring Michael C. Hall ( Game ), Julie Benz ( Saw V, Punisher: War Zone ), C.S. Lee and Jennifer Carpenter ( Quarantine ). New episodes Sundays 9pm ET/PT only on Showtime. read more
We've already seen one clip from Sunday's season 4 finale of Dexter. Now check out two more clips from what Showtime and the Dexter bosses are calling the show's best episode yet. Anyone who's been watching the season, which guest-stars John Lithgow as the incredibly creepy Trinity Killer, knows that the bar has been set extremely high for the finale, the tension is near breaking-point, and the anticipation is approaching unbearable. Judging from these clips and the finale promo, the claim that Sunday's "The Getaway" is the best Dexter episode yet seems more and more like the honest truth. Spoilers ahead. Source & Previews
The final episode of Dexter season 4 is set to air this upcoming Sunday at 9 PM on Showtime. The episode is titled "The Getaway," and looks poised to bring to a head the escalating conflict between our protagonist serial killer and his current nemesis, the Trinity Killer, played by guest John Lithgow. Ratings have been way up for the season, and anticipation is mounting for fans in these final days as they speculate on the impending outcome of what will surely be an explosive showdown between two murderous foes. Further proof that next week's episode will blow the minds of Dexter fans: the network and show heads are being even more cautious than usual to protect any spoilers or footage of the finale from leaking before airtime. Apparently a twist is coming in the episode that is so unexpected and massive that it will change the entire series as we know it. And that's saying a lot for Dexter. Shocking plot developments and sudden twists are the show's bread and butter. The extreme measures of secrecy are proof enough that this rumor has some weight to it. Says Korbi of Zap2It: "We're told non-disclosure agreements were signed by everyone on staff and at the network, decoy scripts were drafted and disseminated, each and every screener was watermarked and sets were closed to anyone that didn't absolutely have to be around during shooting." In an interview after the penultimate episode of season 4 aired, titled "Hello, Dexter Morgan," head writer and executive producer Clyde Phillips kept tight-lipped about "The Getaway," except to tease viewers that the conclusion will "blow the top of your head off." Could that be a hint at the impending demise of a major character--namely the Trinity Killer? Of course, Phillips wouldn't say. "It's the most exciting episode we've ever done," said Phillips. "And we've done some pretty amazing stuff." Phillips also revealed that he personally took home the footage of next week's final scene and destroyed it, as yet another measure against any spoilers making their way to the web before Sunday. Watch the full hour-long interview with Phillips at Sho.com, in which he answers fans' questions, responds to theories, talks about his creative process in crafting the series, and reveals a few inadvertent hints about the finale... if you listen carefully. Fascinating stuff. Source Here
The Big Bang Theory was Monday's top-rated show, posting the biggest number of overall viewers in the series' history. Big Bang was watched by 14.7 million viewers, and dominated the competition in the adults-18-to-49 demographic. The show got a boost from a strong lead-in from Two and a Half Men (15.2 million viewers), the night's most-watched show. CBS' comedies benefited from holiday programming on other networks, as How I Met Your Mother (9.1 million viewers) and Accidentally on Purpose (8.3 million viewers) defeated ABC's Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (8.4 million viewers) and Fox's Carrie Underwood Christmas special (8.1 million viewers over two hours). ABC's holiday programming and weak lead-in, Find My Family (5.4 million viewers), hurt Castle (8.4 million viewers), which came in well ahead of The Jay Leno Show (5.9 million viewers) but well behind CSI: Miami (12.9 million viewers). On the CW, One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl attracted 2.6 million viewers and 2.2 million viewers, respectively. On cable, Men of a Certain Age debuted to 5.4 million viewers, the best series premiere on basic cable of the year. The Closer kicked off its winter season with 6.2 million viewers. Also, Sunday's Dexter was watched by 2.1 million viewers, the show's largest audience ever and the highest single telecast for Showtime since 1999. Source
This is it, Dexter fans. It's the moment we've all been waiting for. In next week's season 4 finale, Deb finally gets the dirt on another one of Harry's CIs and stumbles on the scary truth about Laura Moser, also known as Dexter's biological mother--- which could all lead to her discovery of Dexter's real identity. If you don't want to be even remotely spoiled, go no further. In the video below, we learn that Deb doesn't just find out about Laura Moser, she also discovers that she left behind two little boys, and one of those little boys is Dexter. Will Deb finally make the connection between Brian, the Ice Truck Killer, and her brother Dexter, the Bay Harbor Butcher? How will Dexter save himself from this mess? To Read More Click Here .