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What Jobs Do Emmy Nominated TV Characters Hold? (Infographic)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 22nd 2011 10:45AM
We often joke that 95% of the characters we see on TV are either doctors, lawyers or cops. But among characters nominated for Emmys this year, the occupational breakdown is considerably more diverse.

Led by Don Draper, 12.6% of nominated characters are businessmen. 10.3% are stay-at-home moms or dads, 8% are lawyers, and 6.9% are teachers. The biggest group in the graphic falls into the 'Other' category, which includes Matt Damon's '30 Rock' character Carol, who's a pilot, and Dexter Morgan, a forensic scientist/serial killer of evil people.

Check out the infographic, courtesy of the official Emmys site, after the jump for the full breakdown.

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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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'Dexter's Julie Benz Talks ... From Beyond the Grave!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2010 9:00AM
Julie BenzJulie Benz has been all over the place since her latest stint on 'Dexter' came to an abrupt and shocking end.

And apparently, no one was more shocked about her character than Julie herself! "Out of all the characters that I've played, I think she's the one I grieved for the most, just because it really came out of left field."

She recently sat down with our own Jane Boursaw for an interview at AOL Television (the only reason they wouldn't let me do it is because the majority of my dialogue would have consisted of drooling and repeating the phrase "Hamina-hamina-hamina").

She talked about her run on the acclaimed Showtime series, as well as her latest run on 'Desperate Housewives' as a stripper in reform and her rumored return to films such as 'Rambo V' and 'Saw VII.'

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'Dexter' Season 5 Spoilers and Predictions

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 15th 2009 1:30PM
Dexter Morgan, Michael C. HallAfter this week's season 4 finale of 'Dexter,' the Internet's all abuzz with what might happen in season 5. As all 'Dexter' fans know by now, our favorite serial killer's beloved wife, Rita, was found dead in a bathtub full of bloody water, with little Harrison crying on the floor beside her in a pool of blood. But Dexter Morgan finally got the Trinity Killer saran-wrapped to his table, where he could do what he'd been dying to do all season.

Essentially, the finale pushes the reset button on the Showtime series, which is good news for viewers who railed on Dexter's family guy persona this season. As Michael C. Hall noted in his live interview with the Trinity Killer's John Lithgow, "I did think it was a really bold stroke for re-setting the stage for what's to come, whatever that may be."

So, what does this mean for season 5? While we don't know for sure what will happen, let's do a little speculating on some possible storylines.

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Dexter finale rakes in more eyeballs

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 14th 2009 7:28PM
Dexter has topped itself again.

Last night's shocker season finale wasn't just the most watched episode in the show's history, but it was the most watched, well, anything in the Showtime network's history.

The finale (you can read my review of it here) racked up 2.6 million viewers. That topped the previous record held by the second-to-last episode of the current season of 2.1 million viewers, which at the time was the highest rated show for the network in the last 10 years.

I really feel sorry for the poor bastard who has to write the fifth season. Not only does he have to craft a plot that tops the genius of the Trinity Killer angle, but he has to top the ratings record the show has just set. And I thought I was the most sleepless writer on the face of the planet.

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Remembering the happier times of Julie Benz's career

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 14th 2009 6:31PM
Are you still reeling over what happened to Julie Benz on last night's Dexter finale? Don't worry. Here's some digital Zoloft for you.

Benz got her first big break on the small screen way back in the early 1990s on the extremely short-lived ABC and Nick-at-Nite sitcom spoof Hi Honey, I'm Home! She played the show's archetypal '50s sitcom teenage daughter Babs Nielson. I don't know why it's so amusing to watch her on the show now. Maybe if it's because we knew that Babs would end up dating and marrying a successful serial killer, the original show might have lasted a little longer.

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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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What to Watch: December 12-13

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 12th 2009 6:00AM
'Dexter' (Sun., 9PM, Showtime) season 4 finale
Just like the first season finale, this fourth season-ender is going to come down to a battle of two serial killers. Dexter emerged unscathed, physically, from his dealings with the Ice Truck Killer, but he may have met his match in the Trinity Killer, who warns Dex to stay away just as the police are closing in on him. Meanwhile, Mr. Morgan is not the only one whose career(s) are in jeopardy; LaGuerta and Batista face the fallout from their personal relationship becoming public knowledge.

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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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Producers Guild names noms; do you care?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 30th 2009 10:03PM
Mad MenUsually just covering the Emmys is enough to make me want to take a week long nap. But now TV shows are getting more nominations and awards than most Nobel Peace Prize Winners.

It's not just the Emmys. We've got the Golden Globes, the People's Choice Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Peabody Awards, the ALMA Awards, the E Pluribus Unum Awards. It's good to know that at least America's cabinet makers will never suffer a major economic recession.

Now the Producers Guild has announced the list of nominations for their awards and they are almost identical to the Emmys. Mad Men, 30 Rock, Breaking Bad, Dexter; they're all there. Why not just show a rerun of the last Emmy Awards and everyone can turn in early?

Does anybody care about all these trinket tossers?

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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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Review: Dexter - Lost Boys

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 30th 2009 2:32AM
Dexter: Lost Boys
(S04E10) "No one's ever going to hurt you again ... especially me." - Dexter to his infant son, Harrison

Every season, Dexter manages to learn something from every one of his various victims and kills: the origins of his "Dark Passenger," the need for humanity to have a silent hero, why you shouldn't share your serial killing secrets with your best friend.

This season's big lesson seems to be the deepest and most important of all: his family. Dexter kept Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer (although after tonight, he should be redubbed the Trinity Plus One Killer since we learned that Lundy missed a crucial piece of his serial killings), on a long leash hoping to learn how to juggle his family mask and his private hobby, something Arthur has managed to do for more than 30 years. Unfortunately, the lesson he learned was a harsh one: your family is either a family or a mask and can be both. That and don't follow Arthur Mitchell's advice, ever.

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