Julie Benz Returning to 'Dexter'
In what could be the most unexpected piece of casting news of the week, it's been announced that Julie Benz is rejoining the cast of 'Dexter' for the season 5 premiere this fall.
According to the Ausiello Files Benz will be back playing Dexter's wife Rita Bennett Morgan, who was killed off in the season 4 finale. However, show insiders are keeping mum over exactly how they'll bring the character back. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is already frequently visited by his dead father, Harry (James Remar), and executive producer Sarah Colleton said they want to avoid using the same plot device for Rita: "If you have too many things like that it becomes gimmicky".
The award-winning show, which debuted on Showtime in 2006, is based on the 'Dexter' series of books by Jeff Lindsay. Set in Miami it follows Dexter Morgan, a serial killer who also happens to work as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department. In season 3 he married his longtime girlfriend Rita, only for her to be murdered by the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) in the season 4 finale. Aired in December 2009 it was Showtime's most watched original series episode ever.
Dexter's relationship with Rita is a vital part of his "normal" life in the show, and a statement issued by Showtime reads that her return in season 5 "will help him deal with his new-found feelings of loss and grief -- emotions that Dexter Morgan has never really felt before".
Since leaving the cast of 'Dexter' Benz has appeared in several episodes of 'Desperate Housewives' playing Robin Gallagher. This fall she and Michael Chiklis ('The Shield') will star in ABC's new show, 'No Ordinary Family', in which they play the parents in a family who develop superpowers following a plane crash.
Season 5 of 'Dexter' premieres on Showtime this September.
'No Ordinary Family' premieres on ABC this fall, Tuesdays at 8:00PM ET.