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 .
Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier this morning. Did your faves get recognized? Check out the complete list and see: Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical): 30 Rock Entourage Glee Modern Family The Office Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical): Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Steve Carell, The Office David Duchovny, Californication Thomas Jane, Hung Matthew Morrison, Glee Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical): Toni Collette, The United States of Tara Courteney Cox, Cougar Town Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Tina Fey, 30 Rock Lea Michele, Glee Best Television Series (Drama): Big Love Dexter House Mad Men True Blood Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama): Glenn Close, Damages January Jones, Mad Men Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Anna Paquin, True Blood Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama): Simon Baker, The Mentalist Michael C. Hall, Dexter Jon Hamm, Mad Men Hugh Laurie, House Bill Paxton, Big Love Best Director for a Motion Picture: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker" James Cameron, "Avatar" Clint Eastwood, "Invictus" Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air" Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, "District 9" Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker" Nancy Meyers, "It's Complicated" Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air" Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical): "(500) Days of Summer" "The Hangover" "It's Complicated" "Julie & Julia" "Nine" Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical): Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal" Marion Cotillard, "Nine" Julia Roberts, "Duplicity" Meryl Streep, "It's Complicated" Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia" Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical): Matt Damon, "The Informant!" Daniel Day-Lewis, "Nine" Robert Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes" Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "(500) Days of Summer" Michael Stuhlberg, "A Serious Man" Best Motion Picture (Drama): "Avatar" "The Hurt Locker" "Inglourious Basterds" "Precious" "Up in the Air" Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama): Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart" George Clooney, "Up in the Air" Colin Firth, "A Single Man" Morgan Freeman, "Invictus" Tobey Maguire, "Brothers" Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama): Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria" Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side" Helen Mirren, "The Last Station" Carey Mulligan, "An Education" Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious" Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture': Matt Damon, "Invictus" Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger" Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station" Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones" Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Penelope Cruz, "Nine" Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air" Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air" Monique, "Precious" Julianne Moore, "A Single Man" Best Animated Movie: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" "Coraline" "Fantastic Mr. Fox" "The Princess and the Frog" "Up" Best Miniseries or Made-for-Television Movie: "Georgia O'Keeffe" "Grey Gardens" "Into the Storm" "Little Dorritt" "Taking Chance" Best Actor in a Miniseries/Made-for-Television Movie: Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance" Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander: One Step Behind" Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Endgame" Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm" Jeremy Irons, "Georgia O'Keeffe" Best Actress in a Miniseries/Made-for-Television Movie: Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keeffe" Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens" Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens" Anna Paquin, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby" Best Supporting Actor (Television): Michael Emerson, Lost Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother William Hurt, Damages John Lithgow, Dexter Jeremy Piven, Entourage Best Supporting Actress (Television): Jane Adams, Hung Rose Byrne, Damages Jane Lynch, Glee Chloe Sevigny, Big Love Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm" Best Foreign-Language Film: "Baaria" "Broken Embraces" "The Maid" "A Prophet" "The White Ribbon" Source
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 .
Coming off a record-setting Season 4 finale, Dexter executive producer and showrunner Clyde Phillips is departing the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Phillips, who joined the series after the pilot, said he's leaving to spend more time with his family. 24 co-executive producer Chip Johannessen will fill Phillips' post. Phillips told the trade paper it was a "hugely difficult decision," but he said he needed to spend more time on the East Coast with his family, from whom he's been separated nine months of the year when shooting in Los Angeles. "I lived with the people on the show for four years that were the high point of my career," Phillips said. "But I was missing out on my family. Dexter, which stars Michael C. Hall as a blood-spatter forensic expert/serial killer, has been Showtime's highest-rated original series since its debut. Its Season 4 finale was watched by 2.6 million viewers, the highest ever for the show, and the best single telecast for Showtime in more than a decade. Before his work on Dexter, Phillips created Fox's Get Real and Parker Lewis Can't Lose as well as the NBC comedy Suddenly Susan. Do you think Phillips' exit will affect the show? Source Here
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 .
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!