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TV Casting: James Van Der Beek Joins 'Mercy'; Mischa Barton Books 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 5th 2010 9:45AM
James Van Der Beek MercyJames Van Der Beek has landed a recurring role on NBC's 'Mercy.' The 'Dawsons Creek' alum will play Dr. West on the freshman medical drama series, a "cocky" and "womanizing" doctor who is also harboring a major secret. If all goes well, Van Der Beek -- who has recently guested on shows like 'Ugly Betty,' 'The Forgotten' and 'One Tree Hill' -- could become a series regular. In the meantime, no word on when he'll officially scrub in. [Ausiello Files]

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Dexter's Julie Benz finds new work on Desperate Housewives

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 4th 2010 9:00PM
Are you sad that Julie Benz is no longer going to play dear sweet Rita on Dexter? Did her tragic departure shatter the last remaining ounce of hope you had of living in a free and humane world? Does her exit have you questioning the existence of a just and fair God? If so, please seek immediate professional help.

And don't fret. Actress Julie Benz has already racked up an interesting role on ABC's Desperate Housewives.

And when I say "interesting," I mean "smoking hot." Her character, Debbie, is a stripper who is trying to earn a Master's degree in education. Think of it as a late night "Skinemax" movie but with a better acting coach.

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'Dexter''s Julie Benz Lives On on 'Desperate Housewives'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 4th 2010 12:00PM
Dexter Morgan may have summarily offed Rita, but actress Julie Benz didn't go down the drain, despite appearing in one of the most shocking bathroom-centered demises in recent broadcast history. The actress, being done with 'Dexter,' has been seeking a nifty new gig and now she has one: playing a stripper who gets involved with the lovely ladies of Wisteria Lane.

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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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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' 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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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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EW critic says Dexter should get rid ... of Rita?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 27th 2009 11:02AM
Julie Benz and Michael C. Hall on DexterThis season of Dexter has the most share of downs than seasons past, so much so that it's actually turned the audience against the strife and struggles of their longest running characters. But whoever thought that one of them would be sweet, lovable Rita?

Entertainment Weekly
critic Ken Tucker said in his most recent review at his "Watching TV" blog that the three things he wouldn't miss are the Batista/Laguerta relationship, Quinn's touchy relationship with a scoop hungry reporter and Rita, played by Julie Benz.

His issue isn't with Benz's performance, but he said he feels "dubious" about the fixes that have to be made to Dexter and Rita's relationship. All this talk of working out issues could turn an edgy show about a body chopping serial killer into an episode of The View with less screaming and violence.

The critic has spoken. What say you?

Are you rid of Rita?
Yes626 (51.0%)
No602 (49.0%)

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Dexter: Do You Take Dexter Morgan? (season finale)

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 14th 2008 11:52PM
Dexter finale
(S03E12) This was a really interesting finale for Dexter, unlike any they've ever done before. I'm not sure how well-received it's going to be amongst the Dexter fans; I'll be anxious to read the comments.

Me? I really liked it, and I think the growth that Dexter experienced as a person was really important for him. All along, I've posited that Dexter, though he thinks he's a deviant, is more like everyone else than he realizes: same insecurities, same fears. To see him overcome some of these and accept happiness was profound.

Everyone has secrets and they need to be respected. That's the theme of this episode. After the jump, we'll see how the different secrets played out in tonight's finale.

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Dexter: I Had a Dream

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 7th 2008 11:55PM
Dexter in Maria's office, reacting to the news that Miguel may have killed Elllen Wolf
(S03E11) All I have to say about that is ... whoo boy. It is rare to find a show that delivers quality episodes as consistently as Dexter does. I never come away disappointed, and I sure didn't tonight.

But how are they going to wrap this season up in one episode? My guess is that some loose ends will be left to continue next season, but the major ones will have some conclusion.

I can't even say anything until after the break, this episode was so darned spoilery, but I will say that Dexter did have a dream, as in the title of the episode, and now that dream is dead.

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Dexter: Go Your Own Way

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 1st 2008 12:26AM
Dexter and Miguel watching Maria interview the Ellen Wolf murder witness

(S03E10)
So much is going to happen in the last two episodes of Dexter, and this episode set it all up. It was a tense one, and I enjoyed watching Dexter's and Miguel's little game of cat and mouse.

However, I really missed some of the lighter moments we often see in Dexter, like the quotes with double meanings, the underlying serial killer humor, if you will. There was one at the very beginning, though, that was classic Dexter. On toying with the idea of killing Miguel, Dexter says in his voice over: "He's also my best man. I'd be expected to grieve."

Join me after the jump as I delve into some of the foundations that have been laid for the last two episodes.

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Dexter: About Last Night

by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 24th 2008 10:33AM
Dexter and Harry looking out over empty graves

(S03E09) Things are coming together and they will have a lot to cram into the last three episodes of Dexter, that's for sure. Some huge things happened in this episode, but mostly, it leaves me with a lot of questions. Really, really good questions.

I'll leave the spoilery ones until after the break and start with Barbara...

What's up with Batista's chick talking dirty to Masuka?
I don't know why Vince would lie about something like that, and it seems to me there's more to it than Barbara trying to fit in. Didn't quite find that perfect girl, did you Batista?

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