The Showtime series Dexter was always a difficult show to do interviews for because secrecy was key and the cast and creative team did their best to keep things under wraps. Now that the series is done, The Complete Series Collection is available in an ultra cool Blu-ray set that includes all eight seasons, an exclusive art book and a bonus disc with three hours of special features (made up of behind-the-scenes cast interviews, featurettes and promos, the all-new The Evolution of Dexter Morgan documentary and the all-new The Code documentary), in a collectible slide box inspired by the one Dexter himself uses on the show to catalog his kills.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Yvonne Strahovski opened up about her time on the show and what it was like to play Hannah McKay on the final two seasons. She talked about how much she was told about her character’s journey ahead of time, her reaction to her character’s fate, what she thinks might have happened to Hannah next, what stands out most about the time she spent on the show, what her last scene with Michael C. Hall was like, how the support of the Chuck fans compared to the support of the Dexter fans, and where she’d like her career to go next. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
New to Blu-ray this week, Superman flies to home video, Noah Baumbach’s latest film gets the Criterion treatment, and a controversial Oliver Stone classic (which one?) receives a collector’s edition upgrade.
The long-running Showtime series Dexter finally came to an end this summer with the wildly disappointing conclusion of its eighth season, but if you never sprung for Showtime or have a desire to revisit the show, you can do so just in time for the Halloween holiday. Netflix announced today that it struck a deal with CBS to stream all eight seasons of Dexter on Instant Watch, with the first four seasons becoming available on October 31st. Seasons five through eight will then be available to stream starting January 1st, but really that’s where the quality drops off so you’d be forgiven for just watching the first four seasons and leaving it be. Nevertheless, Dexter becoming available on demand is certainly a swell treat.
Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen. I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival. In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.
Last week I landed an extended video interview with Michael C. Hall. He talked about working within the constraints of a smaller budget, his early fascination with the Beats, the way he prepares for a role, having the film play at both Sundance and Toronto, his excitement now that he can make choices that aren’t dependent on the Dexter schedule, is he interested in being in a superhero movie, and more. In addition, Hall talked about some of his future projects like Jim Mickle’s Cold in July, a documentary series for Showtime called The Years of Living Dangerously that focuses on climate change (he filmed a segment in Bangladesh), and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The finale of Showtime’s award-winning drama series Dexter is now in the books, but you can have all eight seasons together on Blu-ray/DVD in just a few weeks. Dexter: The Complete Series Collection will be released on Blu-ray/DVD in two collectible gift sets starting November 12th. The cheaper collection will run you $259.99 (43% off), and the deluxe edition will be $380.99 (30% off).
Hit the jump for more details and images for Dexter: The Complete Series Collection. In addition, Amazon is offering up to 60% off Dexter Seasons One Through Seven on Blu-ray.
Showtime’s Dexter finally comes to an end this Sunday with the show’s long-overdue series finale, and to mark the event Showtime has a released a pretty great retrospective video that runs down the past eight seasons of serial killer goodness. The show has been a bit of a slog over the last few years—season six was damn-near unwatchable—but this video is a nice reminder of just how good Dexter can be when it’s firing on all cylinders. It’s also a swell showcase of the consistently great work that Michael C. Hall has done in the title role.
Hit the jump to take a stroll down memory lane. The Dexter series finale airs on Showtime this coming Sunday, September 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.
While at the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Entertainment David Nevins discussed the status of both their current shows and their upcoming projects. During the interview, he talked about what people can expect from the upcoming drama series Penny Dreadful, from John Logan and Sam Mendes, the upcoming series The Affair (with Dominic West and Ruth Wilson) and The Vatican (with Kyle Chandler), why a two-hour finale for The Borgias wasn’t able to happen, the future of Homeland, and the possibility of a Dexter spin-off. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Comic-Con has released their schedule for Wednesday’s preview night and for Thursday, July 18th. For those who haven’t attended Comic-Con before, “Preview Night” is when the Exhibitor’s Floor is opened, and collectors fight tooth and nail for exclusives. Studios also screen pilots for TV shows that are set to premiere in the fall. Then on Thursday, we have one of the strangest Hall H line-ups I’ve ever seen. It begins with a line-up of animated shorts followed by the sci-fi indie Europa Report, and I have no problem with that, but Hall H is usually reserved for stuff that will pack the house. Granted, that will come later in the day, especially with what’s sure to be an amazing panel: Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries, which will be an hour-long conversation between Edgar Wright, Marc Webb, and Alfonso Cuaron. As for Ballroom 20, the powerhouse of the day is Sherlock, although I would have switched that with Dexter, which is finishing out the day in Hall H.
Hit the jump to check out everything from Hall H, Ballroom 20, and other highlights from the Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th.
Showtime kicked off new seasons of two original series last night, with the season premiere of the final string of Dexter episodes and the series premiere of the new drama Ray Donovan (read Allison’s recap here). The Liev Schreiber-fronted series broke Showtime records, scoring the largest audience for an original series debut in the network’s history. The show’s 1.35 million take eclipsed the previous record holder, Homeland, which nabbed 1.08 million viewers in its season one debut.
Dexter returned strong for its eighth and final season, scoring 2.5 million viewers and marking the show’s largest premiere audience ever. That tops last season’s 2.4 million viewers, though it’s still down from the season seven finale’s 2.8 million viewers.
For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you. The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover. For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks. Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects. Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film. Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners. In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.
What is the best written TV show of all time? Well, according to the Writers Guild of America the answer is David Chase’s HBO drama series The Sopranos. Members of the WGA took part in an online voting survey in order to determine a ranked list of the best written TV series in history, and Chase’s brilliant The Sopranos topped the list of 101 shows, followed by Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H to round out the top five. It’s tough to argue with The Sopranos taking the top honors, as the show is largely responsible for kicking off the new “Golden Age” of television that we’re currently living through and made for a markedly different kind of television viewing experiences than audiences were used to.
The complete list is filled with shows both new and old, with Mad Men, The Wire, and The West Wing taking the number 7, 9, and 10 spots, respectively, and comedies like Arrested Development, Friends, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart cracking the Top 25. Hit the jump to read the full list and weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments section.
Showtime has released a full trailer for the upcoming eighth and final season of the drama series Dexter. The trailer shows how the events of last season’s finale will reverberate throughout this new batch of episodes, and we’re also introduced to a new character that could finally spell the end for Michael C. Hall’s Dexter and his secret-keeping. There are some promising bits to be found in this new trailer, but I’m a little apprehensive about how Jennifer Carpenter’s Deb is handled. It looks like Deb’s arc could get really repeptetive really quickly, not to mention being a tad grating. Nevertheless, I’m interested to see how the producers pave the wave for the conclusion of the long-running series.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, which includes spoilers for season (obviously). Season eight of Dexter premieres on Showtime Sunday, June 30th at 9pm ET/PT.
Ray Stevenson is a great actor. So, when I heard that he would be playing the villain on Season 7 of the Showtime drama series Dexter, I was very intrigued, and he definitely didn’t disappoint. As Isaak Sirko, the ruthless leader of the Koshka Brotherhood, Stevenson gave a complex and layered performance of a character where there was certainly more than meets the eye.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Ray Stevenson talked about how he came to be a part of Dexter, how he wished his character could have gotten Dexter (Michael C. Hall) on a kill table, that he loved working with such a great cast and crew, what it was like to work on such a secretive show, and just how much more villainous a stone cold killer can get when you break his heart. He also talked about being a part of the Marvel universe as Volstagg in the Thor films and the challenges of wearing such an extensive fat suit, as well as what appealed to him about Divergent, in which he’s playing Marcus. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
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It’s officially official, folks: Dexter has run its course. While producers of the wildly popular Showtime series had previously stated that they began season seven with the intention that the show would come to an end at the conclusion of season eight, the network had yet to publicly confirm an end date. Now Showtime has confirmed that the upcoming eighth season of Dexter will in fact be its last. The Michael C. Hall-fronted series continues to be a ratings draw for the pay cable network, but its quality has been a bit of a roller coaster over the past few seasons.
The first teaser trailer for season eight hinted at the titular character hitting a breaking point this year, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of endgame the producers have in mind given the events that transpired last season. Yvonne Strahovski, who appeared in a multi-episode arc last year, is confirmed to be returning for this final season, so might Dex get a semi-happy ending after all? We’ll find out for sure this summer when season eight of Dexter premieres on Sunday, June 30th. Hit the jump to watch a sneak peek clip from the final season.