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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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Dexter season four -- An early look

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 25th 2009 10:00AM
Dexter Season 4 posterThe introduction of a baby into the plot is usually a sure fire sign that a television show has jumped the shark with a pair of Acme rocket powered water skis.

But things are different for a twisted little space of pay cable called Dexter. The mere thought of putting a cute, adorable and affable little tyke into the mix sounds like something that would inspire the furious typing of a thousand angry Parents Television Council members' Selectric typewriters.

The latest addition to the Morgan clan is just a small addition to the newest season of Showtime's seriously macabre drama. It doesn't overtake the show and turn its serious moral tone into something ridculously psychotic like Three Madmen and a Baby. It's just one of many obstacles the world's most huggable serial killer has to deal with to feed the John Pinette sized appetite of his mysterious "dark passenger," and it's not all dark and drenched in blood.

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John Lithgow is a killer cast addition for Dexter

by Jason Hughes, posted May 27th 2009 5:27PM
John LithgowYou know, if your casting director says he's looking for a middle-aged guy to play "an unassuming, mild-mannered suburbanite" who also happens to have also been a prolific serial killer for almost three decades, damn if there isn't a better choice than John Lithgow. And it looks like our own Mr. Morgan will be going head-to-head with him as John Lithgow has been cast in Dexter for its fourth season. Lithgow is a master, able to play every type of role you can imagine.

He could dabble a bit of Pastor Footloose for his crazier side, adding in a smidge of Dick Solomon (3rd Rock From the Sun) for his everyday persona. But only a little, otherwise you've got crazy on both sides. Or maybe you want that. Dexter's fascination with Lithgow's character "Trinity" (dubbed thus for killing in threes) is how he's managed to be such a prolific killer and yet avoid capture for so long. I'm more interested in Lithgow's daily life. Is he married? Kids? And if so, how does he juggle so much "normalcy" with his extracurricular activities. Regardless of how it's presented, I think it should make for an awesome face-off.

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NBC changes time slots for 30 Rock, Twenty Good Years

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2006 9:04AM

Tina FeyMany people think that this move on the schedule is being made because 30 Rock is getting good reviews and Twenty Good Years is getting...not so much. I'll have to agree. Twenty Good Years? If they get twenty good episodes, they'll be lucky.

Anyway, the Tina Fey/Alec Baldwin comedy will now be seen at 8pm on Wednesday, while the John Lithgow/Jeffrey Tambor comedy will follow at 8:30.

The shows bow on October 11. (Note: We made the changes to our premiere list)

[via TV Tattle]

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Yes! Tambor & Lithgow coming to NBC

by Anna Johns, posted May 12th 2006 8:12AM
john lithgow; jeffrey tamborWell, at least one of my television-related prayers has come true. NBC announced that it has picked up 20 Good Years for the 2006-2007 season. It stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) and John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun) as two aging men who have some sort of epiphany and decide to live it up as they age. I think those two actors will make a terrific on-screen pair.

Bob has mentioned a list of some of the shows NBC has picked up already.

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John Lithgow returning to NBC

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 9th 2006 9:46AM
I love everything John Lithgow does. He made a great woman in The World According to Garp, a terrifying villain in Raising Cain, and a perfectly goofy alien in 3rd Rock From the Sun. He even made a children's album a few years ago that ended up being a big hit with my niece. He seems like the kind of guy who is always trying to challenge himself creatively and I respect that. Plus, he kind-of dances to the beat of his own drum.

So, I'm happy to announce that he's returning to primetime television as one of two stars in the NBC comedy, Twenty Good Years. It's about two aging men who have epiphanies and set out to live their final two decades to their fullest. Kinda sounds like My Name is Earl. No idea who the other lead is.

Is anybody else out there a John Lithgow fan?

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