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Boy Meets Reel: Introducing the Web Originals on SideReel

Are you bummed out about the end of the TV season? Don't worry, SideReel has a whole new section dedicated to shows that are totally independent of the TV schedule. Say hello to Web Originals ! Web Originals are shows that were made for distribution and viewing on the Web, but they're not just viral YouTube clips of cats. Take one of the most famous Web Originals, Red vs. Blue . This legendary machinima sitcom from Rooster Teeth Productions has been making people laugh since 2002, using video game characters as actors in a grand parody of science fiction and war. While they technically finished their run in 2007, Rooster Teeth is still making mini-series and sequels, all of them as weird and crazy as their predecessors. Each candy-like episode weighs in at under 10 minutes, and every one is a blast to watch. Felicia Day's gamer comedy The Guild is another great example of how good a Web Original can be, with its look at the dysfunctional lives of geeks. It's very reminiscent of The Big Bang Theory , and I highly recommend it. It even has a wildly popular music video, with the help of fellow Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog conspirator Jed Whedon. The Do You Wanna Date My Avatar? video was a certified hit on iTunes and Amazon, and is catchy in a cheesy '90s-dance way. Lest you think that the Web Originals section is made purely out of comedies like the strange talk show Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis , there is plenty more you can see on the page. There are lots of educational and how-to programs available, from the kids' Super WHY! to the DIY-oriented Make Magazine: Best Weekend Projects . There's action in Angel of Death and Trenches , drama in Anyone But Me , and much, much more. There's a whole world of programming, and we're only scratching the surface of what's available! So head on over to the Web Originals today, and start exploring the world of free online shorts. You'll even be able to find some shows directly aimed at expanding the universes of popular television, like Dexter: Early Cuts , the chilling prequel to Dexter . We'll be adding more and more shows as time goes on, so don't worry - you'll never have to watch reruns again!

Dexter to Be a Wanted Man, Help Raise His Kids on Season Five

Dexter returns to Showtime in September. Following the shocking murder that concluded season four, it's already been confirmed that the show will NOT jump months or years into the future. How come? Because (spoiler alert!), Dexter will be considered a suspect in Rita's brutal slaying, which will be a prime focus of the new season. To Read More Click Here .

Wife: Michael C. Hall "Fully Recovered" From Cancer

Michael C. Hall is "fully recovered" from Hodgkin's lymphoma and back to work, his wife, Jennifer Carpenter, tells The Associated Press. Carpenter, 30, called her husband and Dexter co-star "incredibly brave" for coming forward about his cancer diagnosis in January. While receiving treatment, Hall attended the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards and snagged honors at both for his performance as serial killer Dexter Morgan. Hall, 38, is currently shooting the film East Fifth Bliss. Dexter is expected to return for its fifth season later this year. Source Here

Chuck or Lost: Which Will Take The Championship Title In The SideReel Showdown?!

Duke may have ruled the NCAA Tournament last night, but we've got our own championship title on our hands that's still up for grabs! The FINAL ROUND of the SideReel Showdown is happening now, and voting is open until tomorrow, April 7th at midnight. Vote now for your favorite and tell us who should be crowned the supreme show of SideReel: Chuck or Lost ?! In Round 3, you cast over 10K votes to decide between the "Final Four," ultimately choosing Lost over Dexter (3134 votes vs. 2191), and Chuck over Smallville (3835 votes vs. 1209). We know SideReelers are passionate about their shows, so keep those votes coming in the Final Round! Lost may have a leg up as one of the Top 10 most-watched shows on SideReel this week , but Chuck fans are known for being vocal. Of course, it's still anyone's game (until tomorrow at midnight that is!) so vote now while you still have the chance! The winner will be announced on the April 11th edition of "This Week in TV!" Which show deserves to take the title?

Dexter Cast Teases Season 5

Just what can we look forward to in Dexter Season 5? Coming off a very taut and traumatic Season 4, fans are now wondering more than ever what lies ahead for America's favorite serial killer. Last week, the cast and creators of Dexter held a Q&A session for fans as part of the Paley Center for Media's annual PaleyFest. Michael C. Hall received a standing ovation when he came out on stage and joined his wife, Jennifer Carpenter (Debra), and co-stars Julie Benz (Rita), David Zayas (Batista), Desmond Harrington (Quinn), C.S. Lee (Masuka) and Lauren Velez (LaGuerta) - as well as former showrunner Clyde Phillips and executive producer Sara Colleton. Right now the producers and writers are coming together to formulate the overall big picture storyline for Season 5. With Clyde Phillips, executive producer and showrunner since Season 1, leaving the show to spend quality time for his family, the spotlight is even brighter on the show's direction, especially given the place the Season 4 left off. Season 4, unlike previous seasons, left us with a mountain of loose ends. What will the cops think when they see that Rita was killed by Trinity? Will they ever discover video of Trinity talking to Dexter in the police station? Will Jonah Mitchell ever wonder why Kyle Butler was working with Miami Metro? With so many lingering questions, it was a relief to find out that there will be no jump ahead. We will not see Dexter months down the line. Season 5 will pick up right where 4 left off. To Read More Click Here .

Michael C. Hall Prepares For His Final Chemo Session - Starpulse

"Dexter" star Michael C. Hall will finish his long and grueling cancer treatment after one final chemotherapy session next week. Hall has been battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma in secret, only revealing his illness to the world shortly before he collected his first ever Golden Globe award in January. To Read More Click Here .

Jimmy Smits Signs on to NBC Legal Drama

Jimmy Smits will pull double duty as a co-executive producer and the star of an untitled legal drama pilot for NBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project, from John Eisendrath (Alias, Beverly Hills, 90210), chronicles a by-the-book Supreme Court Justice who steps down to fight constitutional injustices in private practice. Smits is best known for playing Det. Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue, and won an Emmy in 1990 for L.A. Law. Just this year, he received his 12th career nomination for his season-long arc on Showtime's Dexter. Source Here

Is Dexter Over Rita's Death? Not Even Close

Michael C. Hall hasn't glossed over his real-life troubles this year. He put his courageous battle with cancer front-and-center when he appeared with his head covered to accept his Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards for his acting on Dexter. Fortunately, he says, he's winning the fight. "I'm great," he said Thursday at a Paley Center panel on the show. "On the health front, I had my second to last treatment last night, and one more on March 17, but I'm totally fine." Hall's Showtime drama won't gloss over life's hardest turns, either. Instead of flash-forwarding through Dexter's shock at his new wife's death, Season 5 will find him still reeling from the death of Rita (Julie Benz) at the hands of the Trinity Killer. "The death of Rita is something that we feel is so awesome that needs to be honored," executive producer Sara Colleton said Thursday at a Paley Festival panel about the show. "The process by which Dexter deals with it will allow the audience their own catharsis. We're not going to jump ahead, we're going to actually process it." "He's going to have to learn about what it means to be someone that everyone is treating as if he'd gone through something traumatic," Hall said. "Grief is an effect that he's had projected on him before." He may also catch a bit of blame. "He's in hot water to a degree," Hall said. "I think there's a way out of it, but that's what we'd like to see, for him to figure his way out. His capacity for stress management broadens his capacity for straight-up killing." The show will also examine the tragedy's effect on Rita's children. Dexter's own homicidal tendencies - his Dark Passenger, he calls them - sprung from the brutal murder of his own mother. "Cody and Aster are somewhat insulated from Dexter's world," said Colleton. "Harrison [Dexter and Rita's newborn] is a bit young to exhibit any signs of trauma, but it is something that will haunt Dexter. Has he inadvertently reproduced a situation that brings him right back to the beginning ? That is an issue that we are going to explore." Source Here

Life After Death is Sweet for Uncorked's Julie Benz

After four years as serial killer Dexter Morgan's other half on Showtime's hit Dexter, Julie Benz's on-screen alter ego was murdered in one of the year's most jaw-dropping season finales. But with a recurring role on ABC's Desperate Housewives and her new romantic comedy Uncorked, Benz is proving life after death can be sweet, even funny. "I got my start in comedy years ago and then Joss Whedon discovered me and made me a dramatic actress," she says. "Everybody views me now as a dramatic actress and people forget that I'm actually funny." In Uncorked, airing Saturday at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel, Benz shows off her comedic chops as Johnetta "Johnny" Prentice, a workaholic CFO who finds life (and love) outside the boardroom on a business trip to California's wine country. Between Uncorked and Benz's recurring role on Housewives, she's busier than ever. "Johnny is definitely the career woman in me," she says. "I love what I do. I am most comfortable on-set working and Johnny is obviously most comfortable in the boardroom, working. She's the extreme of that for me." Despite the marked differences among career woman Johnny, stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold Robyn and the recently slain Rita, the 37-year-old Benz says there's a common thread in all three roles. "They're all parts of me. I possess their sensibilities in me, just different parts are accentuated. If you take the nurturer that's inside of me and multiply by 100, that's Rita," she says. "What I love about the character on Desperate Housewives is that she has this really great heart and this tremendous spirit. Everything is so exiting to her. I feel I have that. Even showing up on Wisteria Lane, I still can't believe I get to go to work on Wisteria Lane everyday." Benz may be pinching herself over her latest gig but the actress says Dexter will always hold a special place. After all, she did receive the offer to appear on Housewives the day following Dexter's bloody season ender. "It would have really been awful if Rita had died and nobody cared. The fact that it had that impact and had that shock value to it was huge," she says. "After getting over the fact that I'm not going to be on the show anymore, when I look at the storytelling, it really is amazing." Following the Season 3 finale, Benz has enjoyed taking part in the series' recent awards recognition, such as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild wins for co-star Michael C. Hall - while enjoying the lighter side of acting. "I did promise my mother that I would do my best to get into a comedy where I don't get shot," Benz says. "My mom is kind of tired of seeing me die." Source Here

'Dexter' exclusive: Killer season 5 spoilers!

Still haunted by the sight of Rita's lifeless, bloody corpse floating in her and Dexter's bathtub? Then this next story is going to dredge up a lot of bad memories for you. Prior to last night's PaleyFest '10 event honoring Dexter, exec producer Sara Colleton took a few minutes to answer all of my burning questions about the Showtime drama's highly-anticipated fifth season (slated to premiere in September). Needless to say, Rita's horrifying murder will have enormous implications for America's most beloved serial killer. Beware, major spoilers To Read More Click Here .