Important info about Season 2 of "Dexter" in this posting from The TV Critic's Tour in Pasadena. From Fredfa's "Hot off the Press!" column:Summer Press Tour NotesDeath March with Cocktails:Showtime live blog
By Tim Goodman San Francisco Chronicle
in his TV blog The Bastard Machine July 14, 2007
OK, thanks for your patience since I begged you to be here this weekend and then promptly sat on my deck and read the paper. Kidding. Sort of. I did some work earlier than went to the Sundance Channel's hour long session. And Showtime has just started and will run for three hours. I'll keep you posted as we go.
This is the executive session. A good time to be Matthew Blank (Chairman and CEO) and Robert Greenblatt (President of Entertainment), who has managed to not only make Showtime a viable channel but one that will undoubtedly start pulling some paying customers off of HBO.
After the exec session, here's what follows: "Dexter," "Weeds," "Brotherhood," Californication" (with David Duchovny, in case you hadn't heard anything about it).
Greenblatt showed a clip of Season 2 of "The Tudors," which looked great. Greenblatt called it a guilty pleasure. The series will return April of 2008.
Asked about the ending of "The Sopranos" (of course), they both smirked, which was interesting. Asked if they would have let David Chase end the show that way, Blank said, "No." And then Greenblatt said: "Personally I didn't like it." Two small comments but interesting, I think. Showtime is a pretty freewheeling network but those comments may say something about what Chase earned, powerwise, at HBO and also HBO's willingness to let an artist say (and do) anything.
Showtime now has Tracey Ullman in their stable and she's got a new show coming called "State of the Union." She's a full-blown American now and ready to make fun of us.
"We are at the moment." - Greenblatt on whether the channel is out of the original film business.
Full casts of "Dexter," "Weeds," "Brotherhood" and "Californication" will be in the house. I'll tell you what they're wearing. I know that's important. Or how they look. Oh, and what they say. That might be good. More on them and the execs after the jump.
Greenblatt said that one of the challenges that Showtime now faces is winnowing down all the good pitches the channel gets to those it can actually make. Man, that's a revolution in thinking from a few years ago.
Whoa. Whoa. Just saw clips from Season 2 of "Dexter." Can't wait. Michael C. Hall, who's sitting with the entire cast, is just fantastic. Shouldn't take a clip to make anyone remember that, but it sure helps.
Keith Carradine has also joined the show. There's now nine actors on stage, plus two executive producers.
"Dexter" isn't going to follow the second book in the series. Not only didn't the producers option the book, it went in a direction they didn't want to follow. Now that they're a weekly series, they're going to develop the characters more deeply. They can essentially use the first book and first season as a blueprint for their own ideas. Which is OK by me, because whatever Hall does is going to be riveting.
Well, here's a twist. Nine actors on stage and most questions being answered by the producers. And not Hall.
The questions now are about whether Dexter is going to grow emotionally or actually feel emotion. Answer: No, not really. He still kills. The clips make it clear though, that he's going to have a hard time doing that. Dokes (Erik King) is following him, trying to find out why Dexter creeps him out. And in a great twist, the season will revolve around the corpses Dexter has tossed into the bay being found. Everything's floating to the surface, as they say.
No actor other than Hall has been asked a question. I'm sure the others will get some time after the panel ends, but it makes for a long session when you're just sitting there.
Hey, a question for Carradine. There we go.
By the way, I love the humor in "Dexter," which no one is talking about. In one of the clips, he's about to slice up a witch doctor, essentially, and the witch doctor tries to scare him saying he's going to take control and kill Dexter, that now he'll unleash hell on Dexter. And Dexter looks down at him, Saran-wrapped to the table, immobile but for his anger, and says, "That's not exactly true."
Hey, Barnaby. Hey, Jessica.
Hey, Mrs.CP. Hard at work here. Not looking at Jennifer Carpenter or Julie Benz at all. Just listening to Hall. Promise.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/...18561#readmore