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Maria Doyle Kennedy Cast on Dexter

From the wife of a king to the nanny of a serial killer... Maria Doyle Kennedy, best known for playing Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine Aragon, on The Tudors, has landed a role on season five of Dexter. The Irish actress will help raise Dexter and Rita's kids in the fall, coming on board the Showtime hit as a part-time nanny. Guess Deb and Dexter can't do it by themselves, after all. Julia Stiles and Shawn Hatosy will also play important roles on season five. Source Here

'Dexter' collars 'Southland' cop Shawn Hatosy

Shawn Hatosy is making a pit stop in Miami before returning to Southland: Sources confirm to me exclusively that Hatosy has booked a multi-episode arc on Dexter. A Showtime rep declined to divulge details on his character, but a recent Dexter casting call may offer a clue: The drama was seeking a thirtysomething actor to play the recurring role of a no-nonsense FBI agent. UPDATE: So much for my FBI theory. A source close to the show tells me that Hatosy is playing a bad guy. After completing his Dexter arc later this summer, Hatosy will head immediately into production on Southland's 10-episode third season. This marks the second major piece of casting for Dexter's upcoming fifth season. As I reported last month, Julia Stiles is also joining the cast as a mysterious young woman who forms a unique relationship with Dexter. Source Here

'Glee,' Spielberg's 'Terra Nova,' 'Walking Dead' all head to Comic-Con

Below is a complete list of Comic-Con confirmations I have thus far. Those in bold are new additions since I first posted the Monday Comic-Con list. "American Dad" (Fox) "Archer" (FX, July 23) Possible panel: "Being Human" (BBC America) "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) "Bob's Burgers" (new Fox show) "Bones" (Fox) "Burn Notice" (USA) "Castle" (ABC) "Chuck" (NBC) "The Cleveland Show" (Fox) "Dexter" (Showtime) "Eureka" (Syfy) "Family Guy" (Fox) "Futurama" (Comedy Central) [News note: This show returns to Comedy Central with new episodes June 24.] "Glee" (Fox) [News note: John Stamos is joining the cast of this show? Say what? Sorry, it's late -- I have no brain cells left to process this information.] "Fringe" (Fox)* Possible panel: "Look Around You" (BBC America) "Hawaii Five-O" (new CBS show) "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX, July 25) "Mythbusters" (Discovery, July 24)* "No Ordinary Family (new ABC show) "Psych" (USA)* "The Simpsons" (Fox) "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, July 25) "Spartacus" (Starz, July 23) "Supernatural" (CW)* "Terra Nova" (new Fox show from Steven Spielberg that may star Jason O'Mara) "True Blood" (HBO) "Walking Dead" (AMC, July 23) "White Collar" (USA) Excerpted from ChicagoTribune

Dexter Season 5 - Julia Stiles Joins as "Mysterious" Character - Who Is She?

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news yesterday that actress Julia Stiles will be joining the cast of Dexter season 5 as a significant new character. While not giving a name for the character, Showtime described Stiles' Dexter as "a mysterious young woman who forms a unique relationship with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) in the wake of the death of his wife." Since PR folk like to be purposefully vague to avoid spoiling, we can assume that 'Unique' means anything but a replacement lover for Dexter. What are some possibilities? Let's spitball this thing: Dex's Fatal Attraction - How about if Stiles plays a nanny who becomes psychotically infatuated with Dexter. Sound too trite? Consider this twist 'fatal attraction falls for' a serial killer. Arguably, this has been done with season 2 of Dexter, I give this two out of ten on the likelihood scale. To Read More Click Here .

Julie Benz: Rita's Presence to be Felt Throughout Season on Dexter

Julie Benz, whose character Rita was killed off Dexter in last season's grizzly finale, returns to the set this month to reprise the role in a way she had hoped would be kept secret until airtime. From the sound of it, she may be back for more than just one quickie cameo in a casket. "Rita's presence is definitely going to be felt throughout the season," Julie tells me. "You can't deny that she had an effect on Dexter's life, which is really what this season's about." One popular theory - which Julie wouldn't confirm, is that Rita will be seen in flashbacks to happier times - a refreshing departure from the final ghastly image viewers were left with of Rita soaking in a tub of her own blood. "You're going to learn more about their relationship," hints Julie. "I loved Rita and Dexter's storyline, even though I know others didn't always like it. I do believe her ending was too abrupt, so returning (is about) my love for the character, the show and the fans, to give some sort of closure to help the story move forward." Source Here

'Dexter' Season 5: Romance and Casting Roundups

Dexter will be featuring a bunch of new faces when it returns for its fifth season. As reported previously, Julia Stiles is already in talks to join the cast for a top secret role, while Julie Benz, who played Dexter's murdered wife Rita, is set to make an appearance in the fall premiere. But there are more personalities to look forward to, according to TV Guide Magazine. Evidently, producers are looking for a funeral director and several mourners to cast for Rita's funeral, which will be filmed this month. There will also be character named Agent Walker, who will serve as the new male face at the FBI quarters. Then there's a 60-something couple named Molly and Bill who are expected to lend a hand to Dexter and his sister Debra as they raise a motherless Astor, Cody and Harrison. Speaking of Debra, the show is planning to give her yet another love interest next season but don't expect someone new. According to Entertainment Weekly, new showrunner Chip Johannessen is finally going to pull the trigger on a Deb-Quinn romance. Source Here

'Dexter' wooing Julia Stiles

This just in: I’ve got another killer Dexter scoop! (Let me know when that play on words starts to get old. Better yet, don’t.) Sources confirm to me exclusively that Julia Stiles is in advanced talks to play a major, top secret role in the show’s upcoming fifth season. What role, you ask? No idea. But based on what new showrunner Chip Johannessen told me a few weeks back, it’s safe to say Stiles won’t be following in the footsteps of last season’s very scary guest star, John Lithgow. To Read More Click Here .

Julie Benz Returning to Dexter

Julie Benz will return for the Season 5 premiere of Dexter, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Benz played Rita Bennett, the wife of serial killer Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), until the Season 4 finale, when she was murdered by the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow). So how and/or why will she be back? "Bringing her back in a flashback or visionary way sort of steps on our use of Harry [James Remar]," says executive producer Sara Colleton, in a reference to Dexter's dead father, who appears to his son periodically. "We want to be very, very specific about that and not get gimmicky, because it would become too much of a device." Showtime's statement on Benz's return hardly clarifies matters. "As Dexter grapples with the reality of the death of his wife and the realization that he is now a single father, the presence of Rita Bennett will help him deal with his newfound feelings of loss and grief - emotions that Dexter Morgan has never really felt before," it reads. How do you think Rita will return? Hit the comments with your best theory. Source Here

'Vampire Diaries' Star Nina Dobrev To Play Kellan Lutz's Wife In 'Deathgames'

Nina Dobrev played some serious death games in the finale to the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries," and it turns out that’s only the beginning. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nina has just joined the cast of the indie action movie “Deathgames,” also starring Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie’s plot leads us to believe that this could be Nina’s goriest onscreen endeavor yet! “Deathgames” tells the story of Nina’s character’s husband (Kellan), a young man who is kidnapped and enslaved in a modern gladiator arena, in which men must battle to the death for entertainment via the Internet. Samuel plays the mastermind of the online gaming program who coordinates the fatal fights. Any other recognizable faces in the cast, you wonder? You will also recognize James Remar, who plays Dexter’s father in the Showtime series “Dexter" and was, ironically enough, Stefan and Damon's dad on "Vampire Diaries." Derek Mears, who is fresh off playing the infamous Jason Vorhees in “Friday the 13th,” continues his dark streak as Brutas Jackson. “Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim has joined the film’s cast after leaving The Island for good. So, regardless of whether you’re brave enough to watch “Deathgames,” Nina will certainly be in excellent company. Source: MTV

'Dexter' vs. 'True Blood': The Battle of Two Killer Media Plans

The all-important upfront presentations, where the major broadcast and cable networks introduce next season's prime-time schedule and tease new shows for ad buyers, have been taking place all week in New York. We media buyers try to figure out how well each show is going to rate, considering factors such as the program's characters, the writing and the competing shows on rival networks' just-announced schedules. Too often however, buyers overlook another element that's just as important to ratings success: how a show is promoted. Two shows whose marketing has stood out in recent years, however, don't even have commercial time for marketers and their agencies to buy: Showtime's "Dexter" and HBO's "True Blood." Each show's promotion has been as edgy as its content. Both developed media programs that captured interest, created buzz and drove ratings for their premium cable networks. "Dexter's" premiere-season viral campaign let people create fake news reports naming a friend as the Ice Truck Killer's next victim. I thought last season's "True Blood" vampire-themed out-of-home campaign featuring real-life brands such as Geico, Gillette, Monster.com and Mini was ground-breaking. Read more @ Adage.com