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Today’s Shows: Sunday, June 30th 2013

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The Beginning of the End: Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter Preview Season 8

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Way back in Dexter‘s second season, our anti-hero noted with surprise that his mask of normality was slipping. “People who never mattered before are suddenly starting to matter,” he said, uncharacteristically rattled. “It scares the hell out of me.”

You think you were spooked, Dex? That’s nothing compared to what fans of the murderous Showtime saga likely face as its final season bows this Sunday (9/8c). Given the series’ lethal nature, those who have grown to love and champion the Dark Passenger over the past seven seasons know that a tragic ending is a real possibility.

The cast only just began production on the series finale, so Dexter’s ultimate fate remains to be seen. Still, there are several other series-ending teases stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, as well as executive producer Sara Colleton, can share about the swan-song season. What does the rocky road ahead for Deb and Dex entail? Can Dexter’s killer instincts be subdued? And, of course, will the final hour satisfy? Read on for those answers and more.

BEGINNING OF THE END | “We have always said that Dexter’s series-long quest has been to explore his human side,” Colleton tells TVLine. “And all of those years of exploration will come to a rousing head by the end of the series. Dexter started out thinking of himself as a monster but yearns to be human, and he is going to find out what we all know: how difficult it is to be a human being and the weight that comes with being fully aware.” As Hall explains, this all comes about when Charlotte Rampling’s Dr. Evelyn Vogel enters the picture. “The revelations of Dr. Vogel’s presence in Dexter’s story reframes his whole origin story and takes us back to what we discovered him to be at the beginning,” he shares. “Because of that, it’s satisfying and creates a sense of connective tissue to who we knew Dexter to be and how he’s evolved.”

DOCTOR DEAREST | If there’s one thing viewers should know about the rather cold Dr. Vogel — who (SPOILER ALERT) actually created Harry’s Code — it’s this: You’ll either love or hate her. “At first, Evelyn feels she’s his spiritual mother,” Colleton reveals, “and to Dexter, she’s a kind of Dr. Frankenstein. But at a time in his life where Deb has pushed him out and he is the most unmoored, to hear from someone that he is perfect is incredibly seductive.”

SIBLING SETBACK | Elsewhere in the Dexterverse, Deb is struggling to cope with her murderous turn. “It was horrible to play,” a candid Carpenter laughs. “It was wildly uncomfortable and I felt a little tossed to the wolves because of the six-month gap that happened [within the] season.” Episode 803That said, her meltdown ultimately led to showcasing the strained Dexter/Deb relationship in “the most honest place that it’s ever been.” Says the actress, “Deb’s holding a mirror up to him and asking him for some real answers, and for that I’m grateful. They start in a really authentic place, which means that the rest of the season can feel connected.” As for the estranged siblings’ reconciliation, Hall tells us: “Dr. Vogel will be someone who will help facilitate that.”

PSYCHO NO MO’? | As Dexter’s notion of humanity grows, so does his belief that perhaps he may not actually be a psychopath. Dr. Vogel, however, would disagree. “She exploits the fact that Dexter has come to believe — or maybe it’s undeniable to him, as he’s lost so much — that he does have an appetite to be human,” Hall shares, “a sense of there being more to him than just killing.”

SERIES-FINALE FODDER | A bloody good ending to the Dexter saga awaits fans, if Carpenter is to be believed. “You walk by racks of clothing that the costumers are pulling out on set, and there’s blood everywhere,” she teases. “It’s fantastic! I think fans are going to be really happy.” Hall, for his part, is less boisterous but does note: “I’m excited about the turns the story is going to take.”

Categories: SHOWTIME: Dexter

Glee Exclusive: 4 Original Cast Members Not Returning as Series Regulars for Season 5; Plus — Who’s Getting Promoted?

June 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Glee is thinning its ranks as it heads into Season 5.

Original castmembers Heather Morris (who plays Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike) will not be returning to the Fox musical dramedy as series regulars, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Additionally, Dianna Agron (Quinn) — who was only seen in a handful of episodes last season — is not slated to be back, save for a possible guest appearance here and there.

Morris, Salling, Riley and Shum may also return as occasional guest stars.

The casting moves hardly come as a surprise, considering four of the five characters graduated McKinley at the end of Season 3, and a fifth — Morris’ Brittany — got accepted to MIT in last month’s Season 4 finale.

Meanwhile, TVLine has confirmed a Hollywood Reporter story that Glee‘s new class — Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Alex Newell (Unique) — have been promoted to series regulars.

Glee returns with Season 5 on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Categories: FOX: Glee

Performer of the Week: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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THE PERFORMER | Julia Louis-Dreyfus

THE SHOW | Veep

THE EPISODE | “D.C.”

THE AIRDATE | June 23, 2013

The Washington, D.C. of Veep‘s fictitious Vice President Selina Meyer is a toxic place of paranoia, buck-passing and political gamesmanship. But in the HBO comedy’s Season 2 finale, that mood was amped up to insanely comic heights, with series star Julia Louis-Dreyfus deftly taking her titular character from the depths of career despair to the heights of political triumph (and then back, and then back again).

Indeed, as buzz over the current POTUS’ various scandals became deafening, Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina gathered her inner circle and glumly revealed she planned to abandon the ticket, with plans to reemerge as a presidential candidate in six years. Shortly thereafter, however, she learned from POTUS’ chief of staff that her boss was planning to fall on his own sword — clearing the way for a presidential run in a mere 24 months. Louis-Dreyfus wrang every last laugh from the moment, as an elated grin took over Selina’s face and she practically sprinted to find privacy in a West Wing supply closet, dropping to her knees and celebrating her stroke of fortune with total abandon.

Back at her office, Selina’s mood of invincibility gave her a great opportunity to razz POTUS’ loathsome liaison Jonah, in quite possibly the best exchange in Veep‘s two-season history.

Selina: Jonah, hey listen, settle something for me: You like to have sex and you like to travel?
Jonah: Yes, ma’am.
Selina: Then you can, f*** off.

Louis-Dreyfus’ relentlessly foul-mouthed Selina had already used that profane phrase three times against Jonah earlier in the episode, but this time, she merely mouthed it, grinning wickedly and slicing the air with her hand.

Veep being Veep, though, the ups and downs were just beginning. While attending a children’s science fair, Selina absorbed the news that the President had flip-flopped again, leading to a hasty exit (“I gotta get out of here before I set fire to one of these nerds”) and a scene of the veep back in her quarters, screaming desperately into a pillow.

The episode crescendoed into a ferociously funny frenzy, with Selina convinced that the President — on his way to her office for a very rare one-on-one — planned to drop her from his ticket and end her political aspirations. “I gotta jump before I get stabbed in the back,” she declared, while desperately demanding that her director of communications write “all possible statements that you can think of.”

But the panic was all unnecessary. It turned out POTUS was indeed stepping down after all, leading Selina to embrace her staffers, plant a massive kiss on her estranged husband, and respond to a secret service agent’s report that the president had left the building by shouting, ”Who gives a flying f***?” before dissolving in giggles. “Sorry! I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help it!” Selina quickly added.

Nor could we help rewarding Louis-Dreyfus’ brilliance with our Performer of the Week title.

HONORABLE MENTION: Falling Skies‘ Doug Jones and Defiance‘s Trenna Keating each pulled off neat tricks, delivering resonant performances from beneath a layer of prosthetic. As Volm emissary Cochise, Jones regaled a wary President Hathaway — and us — with the reasoning of why he is friend not foe, longing as he is to rebuild a home world he has never set foot on. Keating, meanwhile, hit a very different, dark note as Doc Yewll’s true colors fully bled through. In a chilling sequence, we learned the shocking extent of her alliance with Mayor Nicky — an undercover Indogene — and then watched as she snuffed her friend/staged a grim suicide. Holy shtako!

Glee’s Jayma Mays Joins CBS’ New Sitcom The Millers as Will Arnett’s Sister

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For Jayma Mays, where there’s a Will there’s a way.

The actress, who spent the last four years romancing Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester on Glee, has joined CBS’ new fall comedy The Millers as Will Arnett’s sister, TVLine has learned.

Mays replaces Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who played the Debbie character in the pilot. (Producers are also recasting Deb’s hubby, originally portrayed by Michael Rappaport.)

It’s not clear what Mays’ new series regular gig means for her Glee alter ego Emma, who married Will in last month’s finale. (It’s worth noting that Mays only appeared on the Fox musical dramedy on a recurring basis last season.)

The Millers, which also stars Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges as Arnett’s feuding parents, premieres Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8:30/7:30c following The Big Bang Theory 

Categories: CBS: The Millers

Today’s Shows: Saturday, June 29th 2013

June 29, 2013 Leave a comment
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Revolution Season 2: Rubicon Star Jessica Collins to Play a Love Interest – But For Whom?

June 29, 2013 Leave a comment

The coming season is going to be a romantic one for one lucky Revolution-ary.

Jessica Collins (Rubicon, The Nine) has booked a recurring role on Season 2 of the NBC drama as a love interest for… Well, that part is a bit of a mystery.

Per  Deadline, Collins — who appears in at least the first four episodes — will play Cynthia, a beautiful young woman of deep faith. Her winning humor and blazing intelligence capture the heart of one of the show’s leading characters.

Will Cynthia replace Nora as the third peg in the Miles/Rachel love triangle? Or might she cross paths with the isolated Bass? Maybe Jason is finally over his Charlie fixation?

Revolution returns with fresh episodes this fall, now airing Wednesdays at 8/7c

Categories: NBC: Revolution
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