'Big Bang Theory' Exclusive: 'Dexter' alum Keith Carradine cast as Penny's pa!

Though Kaley Cuoco’s broken leg will still be healing when she reappears as Penny on  The Big Bang Theory , she’s likely to have at least a metaphorical spring in her step. Why’s that? Because Keith Carradine has just been cast as her dad! Sources confirm to me exclusively that  Dexter ‘s erstwhile Frank Lundy will appear in a November episode, continuing the CBS comedy’s tradition of picking all-stars to play its main characters’ parents. Of course, what I’m  really  looking forward to is the inevitable future episode in which Leonard’s mother (Christine Baranski) manipulates father and daughter into family therapy. (You remember how well it went the last time the shrink got Penny to open up about her dad…) Source Here

Julie Benz Bids Farewell to Rita, Dexter Viewers

In the days following the Dexter season four finale, we've heard from show producers and show stars such as John Lithgow and Michael C. Hall. Everyone had a lot to say about Rita's shocking death, but fans have been waiting all week to hear from Julie Benz herself. How did she react when told of her character's demise? Will Rita turn into a ghost? E! News asked these questions, and many more, of the actress. Her candid replies are below... To Read More Click Here .

Dexter's Michael C. Hall Proud of "Bold Step" Taken on Season Finale - Featured

Following a startling season finale, we've heard from a pair of Dexter producers. But fans have been waiting to read what star Michael C. Hall thought of the episode-concluding twist that has left the Internet buzzing since Sunday night. The award-winning actor spoke with Entertainment Weekly about it today and, as you'd expect, he had A LOT to say... On killing off Rita: I thought it was brilliant. I was really proud of the writers, and the network, for not backing away from so bold a step. It really propels us forward in a way that we wouldn't have enjoyed otherwise. On the blood-filled bathroom scene: It was tough... the actual shooting of it was much more frantic and to the point. Coming in, seeing this baby in the blood, turning my head, seeing Rita there, realizing what's happened, picking up the baby, leaving the room - it happened much more quickly than [how] the scene plays. But it was horrifying. It's the kind of thing that only in its aftermath can you begin to deal with. In one way or another, Dexter will be reeling from it for a long time to come. But Julie in that tub was just heartbreaking - and the baby on the floor. It was very somber. To Read More Click Here .

Will Dexter's Season 5 Jump Ahead in Time?

Though the sting of Dexter's season finale is still fresh, it's time to think about next season. Executive producer Sara Colleton tells us how far in time the show may jump ahead, who the No. 1 suspect in Rita's murder will be and how much the Trinity Killer will play a role in Season 5. To Read More Click Here .

Julie Benz Talks 'Dexter' Season 4 Finale

The shocking season 4 finale of "Dexter" was was kept as a secret until last minute that the cast alone had to scramble in the dark. [Spoiler Alert] Killing Rita Morgan was especially devastating for Julie Benz who portrays the character for four years. In an interview with TV Guide magazine, she said she was even initially told that her character would never die. "I've been told two different things," said the actress. "The producers and executives told me they didn't know at the start of the season." However, she thought that John Lithgow who plays Trinity knew from the beginning. After all, Lithgow said during the San Diego Comic Con that only he knew the ending and jokingly said that he would have to kill if someone knows. However, Benz had begun to suspect something major was going on when David Zayas aka Angel Batista said that Rita is not meant for Dexter's world. When she approached the producers, Benz was told, "We would never kill Rita." The news came at the end of September when Benz was called for a meeting with the producers and scripts for the finale were distributed among the cast. "It was my day off, and I was called in for a meeting with the producers. At that point, you pretty much know. It was a tough meeting. In a bizarre way, it felt like a scene from 'Defending Your Life'," Benz said. To Read More Click Here .

Ratings: Record Numbers for Dexter Finale - Featured

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

Dexter's John Lithgow Talks About the Shocking Finale

[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 .

Exec Producer Explains 'Dexter' Shocking Finale - '''Spoiler Alert'''

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

Dexter: Two More Clips and Promo from Season 4 Finale, "The Getaway" - Featured

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

Showtime, 'Dexter' Bosses Take Extreme Measures Against Season 4 Finale Spoilers

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, 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