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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 10 Recap (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 5th 2011 12:05AM
The Good Wife Season 3, Episode 10 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Parenting Made Easy']

I'm a sucker for Julianna Maruglies walking down hallways in tears.

What does that mean? A few things first:

Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Carpenter and John Michael Higgins (he was freed from 'Happily Divorced' for a hot second!) all sat around in a room with Alicia for much of the episode. MJF turned in an understated performance, in a good way. Carpenter was pretty convincing as a uber Christian professor trying to get her job back and a far cry from potty-mouthed Deb Morgan. Quite refreshing. JMH fit the role of greedy arbitrator nicely.

For the first time in a while, the case of the week wasn't overly complicated, nor did it have to contend with an action-packed installment of the Eli Gold show. It had space to grow. It wasn't the most compelling, but that's OK.

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A 'Scrubs' Reunion On 'Cougar Town,' Jennifer Carpenter Heads to 'Good Wife' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 12:30PM
Zach Braff'Scrubs' star Zach Braff is paying 'Cougar Town' a visit.

He'll join fellow Sacred Heart alumni Robert Maschio (The Todd!), Sarah Chalke, Sam Lloyd and Ken Jenkins in an upcoming Season 3 episode.

Details on Braff's role are being kept under wraps, but TVLine reports he'll be seen in the flesh this time. Braff's voice previously was heard in a Season 2 episode.

'Cougar Town' returns to ABC sometime during midseason.

In other casting news ...

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'Dexter' Divorce Update: Julia Stiles Denies Being Involved in Michael C. Hall's Split

by PopEater Staff, posted Dec 17th 2010 10:45AM
Dexter divorceAfter 'Dexter' stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter announced their divorce, rumors began swirling about what might have caused the break-up. One of the most popular? That 'Dexter' guest star Julia Stiles was secretly dating Hall.

Well, that's just not the case, says 29-year-old Stiles. UsMagazine.com reports she released the following statement on Thursday: "I have absolutely nothing to do with the split between Michael and Jennifer. We are good friends and enjoyed working together."

"This is a personal matter between them, and we should respect their privacy. Although I too prefer to keep my private life private, I felt compelled to dispel the rumors I was somehow the cause for this matter," she concluded.

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Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter Divorcing

by PopEater Staff, posted Dec 14th 2010 9:15AM
Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter Divorce'Dexter' stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are calling it quits after two years of marriage, their reps confirmed to Entertainment Weekly.

"Having been separated for some time, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall have filed for divorce," the reps said in a joint statement. Both reps stressed the split was amicable.

The two star together on the hit Showtime series as brother and sister, and Hall received a Golden Globe nomination this morning (he won last year).

Hall, 39, and Carpenter, 31, met on the set of 'Dexter' and soon began dating. They married on December 28, 2008. Carpenter praised Hall to PEOPLE at the time, saying he is "the sexiest man alive. He's one of the best we've got. He's an incredible talent and if anyone deserves accolades, it's him."

Hall finished up cancer treatments earlier this year in his battle against Hodgkin's lymphoma and is "fully recovered" according to a statement Carpenter made in April.

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'Dexter' Season 5, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Sep 27th 2010 10:13AM
['Dexter' - 'My Bad']

DexterAmerica's favorite serial killer 'Dexter' is back for a fifth season, and now he's a widower in a grief-induced fog. The last time we saw Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), he had returned home from finally killing the Trinity Killer (so awesomely played by Emmy-winner John Lithgow) to find his baby Harrison sitting in a pool of blood, and his wife Rita (Julie Benz) murdered in the bathtub.

But how does a psychopath grieve? Apparently, he randomly and bloodily kills a belligerent scumbag at a boat gas station. Until Dexter unleashed his rage at the idiotic boater (Note to readers: Telling a guy who's just admitted his wife just died "Your dead wife can suck my d--k" is likely to get your head bashed in), he had no idea how to show how upset he was with himself for being responsible for Rita's death.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Nine on-air breakdowns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckOn the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... nine on-air breakdowns.

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."

Yes, having a camera stuck in your face for an hour or more a day must take a toll on your sanity. Your privacy is virtually limited. Your every move is scrutinized and criticized by faceless meanies. Your therapist is one session away from owning his own fishing trawler.

It's only a matter of time before the grasp of sanity is clipped away like a loose thread on a homemade snowman sweater and you turn into a blubbering, snotty, incoherent mess for all the world to enjoy. These are the personalities who lost it and may or may not have gained whatever "it" is back.

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'Dexter' Season 4 Episode 12 'The Getaway' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:44AM
Dexter: The GetawayWhat happened on this week's 'Dexter' season 4 episode 12, 'The Getaway' -- in 100 words or less.

'Dexter' ends with a bang ... and a whimper. After an awkward meeting at the station, Dexter pursues Arthur, but a fender bender sidelines him, allowing Arthur to flee.

Debra and crew storm Arthur's house, only to find a bewildered family. Debra learns that Laura Moser was Dexter's biological mother, and Brian -- the Ice Truck Killer -- his brother.

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Review: Dexter - The Getaway (season finale)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:37AM
Dexter: The Getaway
(S04E12) "How is it that I kill people and feel no regret, but disappointing Rita can make me feel like the scum of the Earth?" - Dexter Morgan

I don't care what the issue is, what topic I'm discussing, or what area of my life needs improvement. If Jennifer Carpenter, the actress who plays Debra Morgan on Dexter, has the answer for me, I'm going to follow it to a tee.

That's because she can correctly predict the emotional outcome of any situation, including the reaction I'd have to last night's Dexter finale. I should really have her sit in on my next IRS audit. Chances are if she can't help me cope with the soul crushing inevitability of my pending financial breakdown, she can curse out the auditor and leave him in a bigger sadness heap than I'll be in.

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Jennifer Carpenter says to put your therapist on speed dial for Dexter season finale

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 7th 2009 5:54PM
If you've been following the fourth season of Dexter and his hunt for the Trinity Killer the way I have, then your butt is practically growing legs and willing to sprint towards this Sunday's season finale.

And now Jennifer Carpenter, who plays Debra Morgan on the show, is urging fans and new viewers alike to "have a good time talking to your therapists about it (the season finale) because it's beyond whatever you may think," according to a recent interview with E! Online.

Of course, this could all be just hype designed to draw in as many eyeballs as possible for a show that's already loaded to the gills with them, but I wouldn't put anything pass a show like Dexter. Despite the unevenness of all the plots this season, the Trinity Killer angle has more than made up for it. Could it be that we don't get to see Dex turn Arthur Mitchell into a human jigsaw puzzle on his kill table?

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'Dexter' Season 4 Episode 11 'Hello, Dexter Morgan' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 7th 2009 3:22AM
Dexter: Hello, Dexter MorganWhat happened on this week's 'Dexter' season 4 episode 11, 'Hello, Dexter Morgan' -- in 100 words or less.

The jig is up! Arthur learned Dexter's true identity and came face to face with him at the police department. But not before Dexter successfully pinned the "Trinity Killer" label on trucker Stan Beaudry; then chopped him up and planted Arthur's DNA.

Christine confessed to Debra, then offed herself. Her daddy issues couldn't be fixed with a phone call. "I'm sorry you were ever born," said Arthur.

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'Dexter' Season 4 Episode 10 'Lost Boys' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 30th 2009 2:57AM
Dexter: Lost Boys; John Lithgow as the Trinity KillerWhat happened on this week's 'Dexter' season 4 episode 10, 'Lost Boys'' -- in 100 words or less.

Just give John Lithgow the Emmy now! Never has Frankie Avalon's 'Venus' sounded creepier as when the Trinity Killer sang it to the boy he abducted. But Dexter was hot on his trail, leaving no vacant house, construction site or bomb shelter unturned.

Dexter finally caught up with him, just in time to pull the body-bagged kid, still alive, out of a wet cement hole. But dang, Arthur disappeared.

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'Dexter' Season 4 Episode 9 'Hungry Man' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 23rd 2009 5:07AM
Dexter: Hungry ManWhat happened on this week's 'Dexter' season 4 episode 9, 'Hungry Man' -- in 100 words or less.

Dexter shares a tense Thanksgiving with the Mitchells. Jonah cracks and calls his dad a killer. Dexter nearly strangles Arthur, but the family stops him. He fumes on the way home, with Harry riding psychic shotgun.

Meanwhile, Batista and Maria say "I love you." At home, the shed has been breached, thanks to Cody falling through the skylight, but nothing is amiss.

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Review: Dexter - Road Kill

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 16th 2009 2:52AM
Dexter: Road Kill(S0408) "Born in blood, both of us." - Dexter on his and the Trinity Killer's creation of their "dark passengers"

Dexter and the Trinity Killer aren't the only ones on the show who have been paying back their anger for the pain the world has dealt them. The audience is in on the same game.

We've been sitting through weeks of boring and dry subplots about secret affairs and office romances that we couldn't care less about if we were actually one of their co-workers. But now we've been rewarded for our patience with some seedy and very interesting details about Dexter's main prey, the Trinity Killer, a man held in a very weak cage of despair and anger.

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Review: Dexter - Dirty Harry

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 26th 2009 9:00AM
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan on Dexter
(S04E05)
- "If anyone has ever deserved to be on your table, it's this son of a bitch." - Harry to Dexter

Shows like Dexter are like Heinz Ketchup, good things come to those who wait.

The last few episodes, well, weren't the best of the season, maybe even of the series. They interspersed bits and pieces of the Trinity Killer's true identity with a bunch of dry and pointless plots surrounding the rest of the characters from Batista and Laguerta's closed door relationship to Quinn's "back door" policy with his nosy reporter girlfriend (not that kind sickos).

But it's finally starting to pay off with this week's episode. Some of those dull plotlines have brought together what appear to be some much needed closure and we finally learn another piece of the Trinity Killer's picture and it's starting to look like a Normal Rockwell as opposed to a blood-spattered Jackson Pollock.

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Dexter: Living the Dream (season premiere)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 28th 2009 12:52AM
Michael C. Hall and Julie Benz from Dexter(S0401) "Who knew life could get so ... unsimple?" - Dexter Morgan

Moving an unsuspecting serial killer to the burbs sounds like a pitch for a UPN sitcom. "What happens when a wacky serial killer moves into the wackiest suburban neighborhood in the wackiest town in America? You've got 'A Real Cutup.'"

Instead, this is where we find loveable ol' Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall, at the beginning of the fourth season of Showtime's most popular Sunday night drama that isn't all drama. It still plays heavy on the complex emotions and relationships that make Dexter's life so interesting, but it also features shimmers of laughter as Dexter tries to juggle the life of a father, wife, blood spatter expert, and avenging serial killer without relying too much on one device or character.

The promos for the new season probably made you think, as did I, that Dexter would go from kill room to kill room with a baby slung across his torso in a cute little mini rubber smock and welding mask.

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