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Michael C. Hall, Mad Men score Golden Globe awards

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 2:00AM
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Did your favorite actors and TV shows score Golden Globe awards tonight? Let's take a look at how things shook out in the TV categories at the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Mad Men, Best Television Series - Drama.
With competition from Big Love, Dexter, House, and True Blood, I'm really glad I wasn't picking the winner here. They're all fantastic. I wouldn't say that True Blood delivered its best episodes last season, so I don't have a problem with that one not winning (though I'm a big fan of the show). Mad Men is definitely deserving (especially the "lawn mower" episode), although Dexter and Big Love both had great seasons.

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Glee and Breaking Bad top the Satellite Awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 22nd 2009 9:01AM
breaking_bad_desertThe winners of 2009 Satellite Awards were announced on Sunday in Los Angeles, and when you look at the winners on the television side, you have to like the choices. Most of these shows and actors have been on our year-end "best" lists, and if I were to guess, I think you'll see many of these names on the Prime time Emmy nomination roster.

The first thing that jumped out to me was Glee. The Fox musical dramedy was a winner in five different categories, including actors Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth -- for her guest role -- recognized. And the show was named Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Seven shows a-thrivin'

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 17th 2009 11:03AM
john lithgowOn the seventh day of Festivus, TV gave to me... Seven shows a-thrivin'.

The 2009-2010 season is a great one to be on TV-- especially for returning dramas and new comedies. If we had 20 days of Christmas, I probably could have filled the list with shows that were either thriving right out of the gate or making a resurgence after being on the air for several years. As it is, we just have seven slots, so here are some noteworthy series that are thriving this year.

Dexter
I've always liked Dexter, but it's never been appointment TV for me. I've generally been content to wait until the season came out on DVD and knock all of the episodes out in a weekend. However, after a creative dip in season 3, I've found myself positively glued to my television every Sunday night that season 4 has aired. John Lithgow absolutely made the season as the creepy Arthur Mitchell. Plus the finale? I know some of you saw the big twist coming at the end, but I certainly did not. Who doesn't like to end a season with their jaw on the floor?

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'Dexter' Stars on Working With Lithgow and What's Ahead in Season 5

by Anna Dimond, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:50PM
As fans reel from 'Dexter''s season 4 finale shocker, several of the show's stars are still savoring their experiences shooting it, and particularly the addition of guest star John Lithgow. The Oscar-nominated actor (and '3rd Rock from the Sun' alum) played this past season's resident baddie, the Trinity Killer -- a religious family man whose charitable works belied his dark side.

"It's been fantastic," said C.S. Lee, who plays show's geeky forensics expert, Vince Masuka. Lee and fellow stars spoke with Aol TV at Sunday's 'Dexter' finale party in Los Angeles. "I knew right from the first three or four episodes in [that] it was going to be great. Having John Lithgow with us -- he's an amazing actor, an amazing guy. And he's so nice in person, that when you see him play this serial killer, it's that much more creepy -- because you're drawn to him, and next thing you know, he's going to chop you on the head with a hammer."

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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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'Dexter' Yields Showtime Its Biggest Audience in a Decade

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 8th 2009 9:02PM
John Lithgow's Trinity Killer is not only rocking Dexter's world, but Showtime's, too.

The penultimate season 4 episode of 'Dexter,' during which Trinity got the upper hand over the series' deeply flawed protagonist, garnered the biggest audience (2.1 million viewers) that Showtime has seen since October 1999, when it broadcast a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Orlin Norris.

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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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Review: Dexter - Hello, Dexter Morgan

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 7th 2009 8:32AM
(S04E11) "Blood tech, husband, father, serial killer and now, Kyle Butler extortionist? Which one are you?"
"All of them."
- Harry to Dexter

It is always fun to watch Dexter struggle over his various roles and purposes in his life. He's become a juggler learning how to add just one more ball to his act even as he's trying to keep them all up in the air.

This season, he's had more than ever before in a single season. He's a heavily armed Rich Little and adding extortionist to his list was a real smart move until, of course, Arthur gets the better of him.

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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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What Kona is thankful for

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 26th 2009 3:06PM
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It's Thanksgiving morning as I'm writing this. I've got five pounds of potatoes boiling for our mashed potatoes, the turkey is in the oven, and the butternut squash is cut up for the risotto I'm making. My baby is playing ball with his dad, and the dog is on the couch trying to sleep and just remaining thankful that said baby isn't trying to pet her eyeball right now. I have a lot of things to be thankful for, but as others have said before, me, this is a TV blog, so let's talk about television-related things I'm thankful for.

As we're getting close to the mid-season point, I feel more and more that this is an exceptionally strong season of television-- even with the whole Leno debacle. There are several new shows that I'm quickly falling in love with, and some returning shows that are better than ever. In no particular order, here are things that I am thankful for.

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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 - Slack Tide

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 10th 2009 1:29AM
Dexter: Slack Tide(S04E07) "We all have secrets, Debs. Some of them shouldn't be found out." - Dexter to Debra

While preparing this post, I had to double check the time stamp on this week's episode because "7" just seemed too early. It literally felt like we were more episodes into the season. I even looked out my window to make sure the Earth had not been sent into some kind of time paradox where time runs backwards, the sun comes out at night, and golf is America's most watched sport.

Then when I looked over my notes for the recent episode, I realized why. "Slack tide" indeed.

This week's episode did have some very great moments that showed glimmers of the show's glory days, but the rest got bogged down in the same sidetracks that have dragged the rest of the season down with it. The plots may be in different pieces, but they are all in the same garbage bag as they float through the Gulf Stream.

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Review: Dexter - If I Had a Hammer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:20AM
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(S04E06) "We both have skeletons, which means we both get a closet to keep them in." - Dexter on him and Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer

Now that Dexter and his faithful followers have discovered Trinity's true identity as a family raising, student teaching, hymn congregation leading all around nice guy, it's made him twice as creepy. The fact that he can turn such a blind eye towards causing so much painful mayhem and in the blink of that eye pretend that everything is all rainbows and jellybeans twists my spine into a monkey fist. John Lithgow has not only reached into the bloody depths of this depraved character, but he's done a marvelous job of walking around in his skin, both figuratively and (I sure hope not) literally.

Now that Dexter is on the hunt, he seems more reserved, held back and less willing to pounce on his weakened prey. I'm sure part of him feels the need to put this man out of our misery and avenge the attack on his sister, but now he sees him as a mentor, a role model, a zen-like Yoda who can teach him how to strengthen his mask while he's doing the bidding of his "Dark Passenger." But will this moment of philosophy for madmen drag things down to a screeching halt?

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Dexter: Remains to Be Seen

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 5th 2009 2:47AM
John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer on Dexter
(S0402) - "You've got a family to support and people to dismember. You're spinning too many plates, Dexter." - Harry Morgan


One of the most interesting reasons to watch shows like Dexter are the ways the characters manage to wiggle their way out of complete destruction after pushing more than their fair share of luck.

But unlike shows like The Shield or The Sopranos where most of the luck pushing is done by the main character, the people behind Dexter like to spread the carelessness around. Just about everyone in this twisted tale has some skeletons in their closets, both figurative and possibly literal.

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