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'Dexter' Recap: Talking 'Talk to the Hand' With Michael C. Hall

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 11th 2011 10:01PM
We've come to expect penultimate episodes of 'Dexter' seasons to be heart-pounding and intense, but the second-to-last episode of Season 6 raised the stakes of serial-killing suspense. In 'Talk to the Hand,' Dexter thwarted a poison gas attack aimed at Miami Metro and lost a showdown with Travis that ended with him set out to sea, surrounded by a ring of fire. It also opened a pandora's box of step-sibling sexual tension when Deb's therapist suggested she might be in love with Dexter.

To help bring some perspective to such a dizzying episode, AOL TV has an interview-cap with Dexter Morgan himself, Michael C. Hall. We discussed tonight's episode, the developments of Season 6 and where 'Dexter' may be headed in its final two seasons. Hall offered his thoughts on the Wormwood attack, the Gellar twist, and the new, strange wrinkle in his complex relationship with Jennifer Carpenter. Read on for the interview.

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Why 'Dexter,' a Show About a Serial Killer, Resonates With Us

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 6th 2011 3:00PM


Over the six seasons I've been watching 'Dexter,' I have at times been frustrated that the show insists, season after season, on setting our man up with a double -- a partner, a lover, an enemy. Like other fans, I've bemoaned the predictability of it. But on the other hand, there is something to be said for a show that consistently tackles the fascinating idea of how others affect our view of ourselves.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 5 - 11

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 5th 2011 9:44AM
A Michael Bublé Christmas - Tuesday December 6, 8PM ET/PT, CTV/NBC

I will definitely not be watching this, but as I see this round-up as a service to others as much as an exercise in planning my own weekly viewing, I include it for all the people who, inexplicably, love this guy. The Bubbler is joined by guests including Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Tracy Morgan and Ed Helms. (Forgive us, but we have to throw it in there: this unholy alliance can be called ... Bublieber?)

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'Dexter' Recap: 'Ricochet Rabbit' Sets Up Explosive Season 6 Stretch Run

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 4th 2011 10:10PM
Last week's 'Dexter' twist revealed that Professor Gellar, who we thought was the mastermind of the Doomsday Killer's apocalyptic murder spree, was actually a frozen figment of his disciple Travis' demented imagination. 'Ricochet Rabbit' re-focused our attention on Travis, who emerged as a a fully-formed 'Dexter' villain, a worthy adversary for Miami Metro's own Bay Harbor Butcher.

Travis can no longer be seen as a confused, kind-hearted kid who fell under the influence of a deranged cult-leader -- he's a dangerous, deluded psychopath who's just as evil and crazy as we thought Gellar was. He spent much of this episode in the midst of a full-blown psychotic hallucination, talking to Gellar like he had blocked out killing him three years ago. We also learned he was diagnosed psychotic at an early age and probably murdered his parents. It's now clear just how how warped Travis' brain has been all along, and how good a job Colin Hanks has done of portraying what it can look like when a crazy person latches onto a violent religious ideology.

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'Dexter' Twist: Professor Gellar's as Cold as Ice (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 28th 2011 7:10PM
There was a major twist on the most recent episode of 'Dexter,' so major that Showtime declined to put the episode in its online press screening room, where I've been watching and recapping the show from all season. So I must confess that I haven't yet seen 'Get Gellar,' but we do have a video clip from the episode, and we'd be be remiss if we didn't give 'Dexter' fans the opportunity to dissect the dramatic reveal.

Read on to check out the video, and for a few thoughts on why, in retrospect, we probably should have seen this coming.

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Dexter Season 6, Episode 8 Recap: 'Sin of Omission' Puts Deb and Dex at Odds (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 20th 2011 11:00PM
Dexter returned from his brother's bonding trip to Nebraska, and immediately apologized to his sister. She's all mad at him for missing a few days of work, but at least he didn't go on a homicidal killing spree or anything, right? Actually he kind of did, but pulled back before things got really ugly. Fortunately Dexter was able to ply Deb with a cruller, and she gave him an important update on the Doomsday Killer investigation: the killers have been re-nicknamed, and are now being referred to as DDK, joining an impressive list of initialed evil-doers ranging from BTK to KSM to and DSK.

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Showtime Renews 'Dexter' for Two More Seasons

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:30PM
It looks like TV's favorite serial-killer-of-serial-killers will be pretty busy for the forseeable future. Showtime has renewed 'Dexter' for two more 12-episode seasons, after the network agreed to a contract extension with star Michael C. Hall.

Contract talks between Hall and Showtime reportedly stalled in October, the day after the Season 6 premiere of 'Dexter' aired to series-record ratings. But now that the two sides have come to terms, Hall is thrilled to be staying with the show. "On behalf of the entire 'Dexter' family, we relish the invitation to delve ever deeper into Dexter's world," he said in a statement.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 7 Recap: Road Trip to 'Nebraska' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 13th 2011 11:45PM
Dexter and Brian went on reunion road-trip to in this episode, but 'Nebraska' was less about brotherly bonding and more about Dexter on the brink. With the ghost of his brother Brian, otherwise known as the Ice Truck Killer, acting as the devil on his shoulder, urging him to embrace his darkest instincts, we saw just how easily our dutiful serial killer of serial killers can devolve into an unhinged vigilante on a killing spree.

It was jarring how unstable Dexter seemed in this episode. Hearing voices in his head, he abruptly left his son, job and relatively stable life to drive across state-lines to avenge the double-murder of the wife and daughter of a man he himself killed, the Trinity Killer. Oh what a tangled web we weave when the Ice Truck, Trinity, and Doomsday Killers play crucial roles in the same 'Dexter' episode.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 6 Recap: 'Just Let Go'

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 6th 2011 10:15PM
First off, let me apologize for whiffing on a key plot-point in last week's recap, in which I wrote that Mos Def's Brother Sam character had been killed. I missed the 'Next week on 'Dexter...'" tease, where they revealed he would improbably live long enough to have a cathartic deathbed conversation with Dexter. As it turns out, Sam didn't die in the shooting, and opened 'Just Let Go' in intensive care after being shot three times. Sadly, he passed away in this episode, but not before making one last-ditch attempt to save his friend Dexter's soul.

'Just Let Go' was sad on several levels, and not just because we lost a character who was a source of wisdom and strength for Dexter. After Sam's death, Dexter was faced with a crucial turning point in his constant struggle between darkness and light. I don't know why I was disappointed that he chose the darkness, drowning Sam's killer Nick even after Sam begged him to forgive him. But it was a sobering reminder that our hero is also a murderous sociopath, just like Professor Gellar and the others he's obsessed with.

Then again, avenging the murder of his best friend, even if it was against his wishes, grounded the episode solidly in the gray area of moral ambiguity that 'Dexter' thrives in.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 5 Recap: 'Angel of Death' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:30AM
Earlier in the season, I found myself getting frustrated about the pacing of Season 6 of 'Dexter,' but 'Angel of Death' was the kind of stellar, fast-paced episode that Dexter can deliver when it's clicking on all cylinders. It covered a lot of ground and didn't waste any time. Dexter stacked clues in pursuit of Professor Gellar, but -- as has often happened to our morally ambiguous anti-hero -- lost someone close to him in the process.

As per usual, Dexter's off-the-books investigations found him several steps ahead of his colleagues in Miami Metro, the ones conducting the legitimate, lawful detective work. Dexter tracked Travis from outside the greenhouse crime-scene, connected dots from glue used in one of the horse's sheets and tracked him from there. He eventually staked out his car, ambushed him with the "wire around the neck from the backseat" trick, but concluded he was only a pawn in Gellar's game and kept him alive to get closer to the twisted Professor.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 4 Recap: 'A Horse of a Different Color' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 23rd 2011 11:15PM
Tonight's episode of 'Dexter' was visually disgusting, and in true 'Dexter' fashion, surprisingly fun. There's a unique viewing pleasure in watching the Miami Metro Homicide Unit clicking like a well-oiled investigative machine, uncovering leads and consulting religious texts to track a serial killer. Eventually, of course, Dexter will work just as hard to figure out a way to throw his colleagues off the scent so he can serial kill the serial killers at the final moment, but for now, the Doomsday Killers have been nicknamed and the hunt to crack their bizarre mythology is on.

'A Horse of a Different Color' opened in the aftermath of the chilling chopped-up jogger horse-corpse parade, with the crime scene looking like a demented petting zoo on the Island of Dr. Moreau. Fortunately, new detective Mike Anderson seems well versed in 'The Da Vinci Code' and quickly cracked the biblical code, connecting the religious imagery to the four horsemen of the apocalypse from the Book of Revelations.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 3 Recap: 'Smokey and the Bandit' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 16th 2011 11:15PM
Season Six of 'Dexter' has already shown it has two intriguing, disturbing and creepy "Big Bads" working for it in Travis and the Professor. They're murdering people in bizarre ritualistic ways and their storyline was the most compelling part of this episode, yet frustratingly, Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks were only given a few minutes of screen-time. Using an abandoned temple as an evil lair, they orchestrated a grotesque final scene that made the Headless Horseman look quaint, sending a chopped-up, half-murder-victim, half-mannequin riding on two horses through a Miami block party.

Still, at this point it's unclear exactly what specific kind of twisted cult ideology is driving Travis and Professor Gellar's murderous weirdness. It feels like we should know by now, but I guess we're still in the weird ritualistic storytelling phase of this season's plot set-up. It's something about repentance and purity, but that lack of info is starting to walk a dangerous line between suspenseful and feeling like it's overdue. As Travis put it, "I don't believe what you are saying."

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 2 Recap: 'Once Upon a Time... '

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 9th 2011 10:40PM
'Dexter' opened this episode by extolling the importance of ritual, which for our beloved serial killer of serial killers involves reading Harrison a bed-time story and then promptly slicing a bad guy's throat. All in a day's work.

This was a low-kill count episode (just 1!) that instead focused on introducing Mos Def's Brother Sam character, setting up new developments for Deb and conflicts at Miami Metro, and letting the religious creepiness of Travis and Professor Gellar simmer on low heat.

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'Dexter' Future Uncertain As Michael C. Hall, Showtime Hit Contract Stalemate

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 4:00PM
Michael C Hall Dexter ContractThe future of 'Dexter' is in jeopardy.

According to Deadline, Showtime's long-running serial killer drama may come to a close all because of money.

Contract talks between the network and series star Michael C. Hall reportedly broken down on the same day as the strong 'Dexter' Season 6 premiere ratings posted.

With repeat airings included, the 'Dexter' Season 6 premiere was watched by about a total of 2.8 million viewers. It was the highest season opener for the network in 14 years.

Negotiations between Hall and Showtime have been ongoing, but the talks are rumored to have broken down over the $4 million gap in new salary deal. Hall's team is asking for $24 million for two more seasons of 'Dexter' while Showtime is offering $20 million for two additional years. The contract dispute won't affect Season 6.

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'Homeland,' 'Dexter' Debut Big for Showtime

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 4:10PM
Homeland, Dexter RatingsThe premiere of 'Homeland' gave Showtime its best drama numbers since 'Dead Like Me' in 2003.

According to Showtime, the new Claire Danes drama was seen by 1.1 million viewers at 10 PM. Meanwhile, the Season 6 premiere of 'Dexter' was watched by 2.2 million viewers, the show's biggest premiere ever.

'Homeland' was put online and On Demand since Sept. 13. Since then it has been watched by 1.4 million viewers. With repeat airings and On Demand/online figures added, the show was watched by about 2.8 million viewers.

The 'Dexter' premiere was watched by 2.2 million viewers at 9PM ET. Repeat airings bring the total to around 2.8 million viewers as well.

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