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post #361 of 6855
To take things a little out of order, I think people who react negatively to the actress playing Deborah, Dexter's sister, would also react negatively to a real Deb: she has a foul mouth and is often an emotional basket case. I think the actress, who plays Deb, Jennifer Carpenter, is just showing us that.

I was deeply impressed by all aspects of Dexter, Season One. In a lot of ways it was better than the book upon which it was based and, as we all know, that doesn't happen very often.

SERIES and BOOK SPOILERS FOLLOW
I thought having Dexter decide to first set his brother up and then kill him was inspired. I found the death scene very moving, one of the best moments I have seen on TV, ever.

As others have noted, Doakes' decision to start following Dexter tracks the second book, although his motivation for doing so isn't as clearly delineated in the series as it was in the Dexter books. As another poster noted, Dexter's brother killed the lieutenant in the first book and Doakes thought that Dexter was involved. By the way, the death of the lieutenant and Deb's rescue occurred in a container in the same spot as the container in which Dexter's mother had been killed many years before. I liked the way they used it as a red herring in the series.

I still can't decide how much, if any, of the conversation between Dexter and his brother Deb heard. At first it appeared that she was unconscious but when Dexter's brother started to stab her, she was clearly awake. It will be interesting to see what might be made of this next season.
post #362 of 6855
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Originally Posted by mikey mo View Post

I only have one very small complaint. I don't care for the actress playing Dexter's girlfriend.

She is awesome, IMO
post #363 of 6855
I agree she does a great job.
post #364 of 6855
Like everyone else, I loved the finale, and Dexter has become one of my favorite shows, almost on a par with Deadwood.

One small nitpick - when the ITK escapes through a tunnel I had to laugh out loud. Anyone that lives in Miami, or Florida for that matter, would know it's almost impossible to have an underground tunnel, unless it's also underwater.
post #365 of 6855
Short interview with Christian Camargo(Rudy-aka-ITK) at E-Online.


http://www.eonline.com/gossip/kristi...0-56c1aa4aadf6
E! - Kristin's Blog - Killer Dexter Scoop! Rudy Dishes on Finale - Michael C. Hall

There's an interview with Jeff Lindsay somewhere here also, may have been in the Hot Off The Press thread.
post #366 of 6855
Here's an interview with Julie Benz (Dex's gf):

Interview

Also, here's a recap of Season One with clips from every ep:

recap

Courtesy of ign.com

EDIT: Fixed links
post #367 of 6855
Finally saw the finale. Great ending to a great season. Hopefully Season 2 of Dexter won't be half-a$$ attempt like Season 2 of Sleeper Cell.

larry
post #368 of 6855
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Originally Posted by PooperScooper View Post

Finally saw the finale. Great ending to a great season. Hopefully Season 2 of Dexter won't be half-a$$ attempt like Season 2 of Sleeper Cell.

larry

Here's an article from ew.com about Season 2...Some spoilers so read at your own peril.

TV Fest '07: I Spent the Night with Dexterand Lived to Tell About It
By Kristin Veitch
Mar 8, 2007 4:31 PM

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I have a confession to make: I. Heart. Dexter.

Perhaps that makes me a person of questionable integrity. Perhaps that makes me a little bit insane. But it also makes me a fan who knows good TVand a talented castwhen I see 'em!

And after spending the night at the Museum of Television and Radio's Paley Festival with the cast and crew of Dexterthe biting, edgy and often hilarous Showtime series about a serial killer following a strict moral compassI have to tell you, I could not be a bigger fan. And I am making it my mission to get this showand Dexter himself, the genius Michael C. Hallall the awards they can get their fake-bloody little hands on. Who is with me?

I've been covering the Paley Fest for years, but last night I had the special honor of taking the stage to serve as host and moderator of the Dexter screening and panel Q&A. Truth told, I can think of no other show I would have rather moderated, because not only do I think Dexter is television's best-kept secret, I had never had the chance to meet the cast or producers beforeand, oh mama, did I have questions!

Thankfully, the Q&A lasted a full hour, so I was able to work in (I think) many of the questions we Dexter fans have been dying to know. And here's what we learned...

1. It's Coming Back! Dexter's producers and writers reconvened two weeks ago to start mapping out the second season (whee!). And production begins May 21 (whee!). And the show is tentatively set to return Sept. 30 (whewhat? Ruh-roh). Yes, it seems like an eternity to wait to find out the aftermath of season one's gripping finale, but this is cable, and this kind of masterful art takes time, so we fans will wait dutifully, right? In the meantime, the plan is for season one to come out on DVD so you can catch up.

2. Everyone Is Back for Season Two: When I asked who isor isn'ton board for season two, and the producers answered that all series regulars from last year would be back, the cast heaved a collected sigh of relief. Yes, season-two specifics are hard to come by, even for the actors! Executive producer Sara Colleton also announced that C.S. Lee (who improvises much of his role as the hilarious Masuka) was promoted. "We ended up loving him and putting him in every episode, so he's a series regular now."

3. The Cast Has Had Some Kooky Fan Interaction: When asked how the fans are when they meet the cast on the street, Michael C. Hall said with a little laugh, "If anyone yelps, I know they've got skeletons in their closet. But really, the fans are just into it. People are turned on by a guy who takes control of his corner of the world in this chaotic world." Erik King (Doakes) says the fans come up to him and say, "I'm watching you, motherf--ker." David Zayas (Batista) gets, "What's up with your wife?" And Jennifer Carpenter says she went to a WWF event and was embraced by sweaty, oiled-up wrestlers who told her, "I love Dexter!" "It was really gross!" she said with a big laugh.

4. It's Okay to Love Dexy-Poo: "The big challenge for us was to find reasons to root for Dexter," executive producer Daniel Cerone explained. "For us, the first season was never about the Ice Truck Killer mystery. It was about Dexter's discovery. His search for connection with his peers." Cerone also talked about how Dexter's adorable girlfriend (Rita, played by Julie Benz) shows that Dex does have redeeming qualities. "Rita represents his humanityshows a side of Dexter we can root for. She sees his goodnessnot knowing what he does in his off hours."

5. Doakes and Deb Aren't Dating Just Yet: When asked about the chemistry between Doakes and Deb and if there'll be any D&D action in the new season, Jennifer Carpenter said, "I think it's going to take a good long time for her to pick up the pieces after dating the Ice Truck Killer. Who knows how she'll put herself together? I think Dexter will have to save her life all over again."

6. The Show Is Only Loosely Following the Books Now: "We're taking pieces of the book and using them to the best emotional advantage," Colleton said. "We didn't see an opportunity in the second book to directly translate it to the screen, so we're going to continue in the areas we've developed." And King (Doakes) is glad for that: "In the second book, I become a little nub who has lost his arms and legs and nose and ears, so I'm happy we're going another direction!"

7. Season Two Is All About the Pressure Cooker: Okay, so the producers did give a wee snippet of info on season two. (But don't blink.) "The second season will be about Dexter's search for meaning," Cerone said. "Who am I? Good or evil?" Adds executive producer Clyde Phillips: "In the pilot, Dexter says he's empty inside. But he's not. It's the coffee press analogy. It's all pushed down inside. His feelings for the children and for Rita. And we saw in the finale, his relationship with adopted sister Deb versus his blood brother Rudy, and he chose Deb. So there is hope."

As for whether Rita or Doakes or Deb find out Dexter's secret, whether Rudy returns in flashbacks and whether we learn about Dexer's biological mother, well, you better believe I asked, but the producers aren't saying a word about the upcoming plot for season two. Turns out, they've learned a thing or two from Dexter about keeping secrets.

Additional reporting by Drusilla Moorhouse

post #369 of 6855
Heads: Up! Showtime is repeating the first season of Dexter again in the 9PM Sunday time slot starting this Sunday, July 8th. All 12 episodes will be repeated in order up until the September 30th Season 2 premiere. If you didn't catch it the first time or want to relive the magic in HD (Sunday at 9PM is the only time "Dexter" is shown in HD for the entire week, and the On Demand version is widescreen SD) then now's your chance to catch "Dexter" from the beginning. I know I'll be watching it for the third time this week (can't get enough of this show even if it means watching HD repeats)!
post #370 of 6855
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 Notes
Death 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.

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post #371 of 6855
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

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."

how about when he asked the psycho killers couple for relationship advice before he offed them. he asked them "what's the secret". I think they said something like "having common interest."
post #372 of 6855
Great Show
Can't Wait
post #373 of 6855
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post #374 of 6855
I've seen season one. is it worth it to read the book or is the book totally spoiled by the TV series?
post #375 of 6855
I highly recommend both of the Dexter books. I read them last year early in the first season of the TV show and loved them. Jeff Lindsay's new Dexter book, Dexter in the Dark, is scheduled for release in September. I already have it on reserve at my library.

The books differ from the TV series in some important ways but they are nevertheless a welcome addition to the Dexter experience.
post #376 of 6855
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Jeff Lindsay's new Dexter book, Dexter in the Dark, is scheduled for release in September.

Wasn't originally planned for release in June or July?

When I was getting the 2nd book, the clerk indicated the new one would be out "this summer".


Jerry
post #377 of 6855
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Originally Posted by huberjgl View Post

Wasn't originally planned for release in June or July?

When I was getting the 2nd book, the clerk indicated the new one would be out "this summer".

The Amazon.com Web site lists the publisher as Doubleday and the publication date as September 18, 2007.
post #378 of 6855
anyone knows if second season is based on a book or wholly original?
post #379 of 6855
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Originally Posted by barth2k View Post

anyone knows if second season is based on a book or wholly original?

From what I have read it is original and NOT based on the book.....
post #380 of 6855
I just finished watching season one for the first time...and WOW. What an amazing last few episodes....the whole season was great but the last couple episodes just blew me away. Michael C. Hall's performance was amazing.

Can't wait for Season 2 to start...Dexter is probably my favorite show on TV right now.
post #381 of 6855
I agree. Very much looking fwd to the return. I hope that the writers can keep a good thing going without having a book as their guide (since it seems they won't be basing season 2 off of the second Dexter book).
post #382 of 6855
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I hope that the writers can keep a good thing going without having a book as their guide (since it seems they won't be basing season 2 off of the second Dexter book).

well, i've seen the pre-airs of episode 1 & 2 from season 2 and they're amazing...the direction they're taking the show is still as gripping as season 1.
post #383 of 6855
I can't wait for the new season. Dexter and then Brotherhood!

larry
post #384 of 6855
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Originally Posted by Iteki View Post

TV Fest '07: I Spent the Night with Dexterand Lived to Tell About It
By Kristin Veitch
Mar 8, 2007 4:31 PM

The Show Is Only Loosely Following the Books Now: "We're taking pieces of the book and using them to the best emotional advantage," Colleton said. "We didn't see an opportunity in the second book to directly translate it to the screen, so we're going to continue in the areas we've developed."

The entire article from TV Fest '07 was originally posted with a spoiler warning because there were some book spoilers in it. But I thought it would be a good idea to repost without spoiler warnings the part of the article that explains how the show's writers use parts of the books in the TV show but don't directly translate it to the screen. See above.
post #385 of 6855
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Originally Posted by PooperScooper View Post

I can't wait for the new season. Dexter and then Brotherhood!

larry

Couldn't agree with you more, Dexter and Brotherhood are 2 of the best shows on television! September 30th, here we come!!
post #386 of 6855
I just watched the entire season of Dexter on On Demand - HD.

Pretty interesting show. It has its ups and downs, but it certainly draws your attention.

I read through this entire thread and have a few thoughts:

1.) Haven't heard anyone here mentioned Masuka. I heard the guy who plays him improvises most of what he says. In the episode when Dex, Rita, Deb, and ITK go to Dade City for the Weekend, Masuka on the phone asks if he is having fun this weekend with his gf. Dex says no and Masuka replies "Oh, GF is surfing the crimson wave, huh?" or something like that. I was dying laughing when I heard that and enjoy his character as the comic relief of the show.

2.) I know it's based on a book, but I was disappointed that we never did learn who committed the massacre that involved killing Dex/ITK's mom. Or was it supposed to be clear (if it was, it wasn't) that a young ITK actually did it?
post #387 of 6855
Haven't seen this mentioned: Dexter Season 1 is on DVD. If you get it from target, there's a bonus disc that has a Q&A with the cast at the Museum of Television and Radio. No HD DVD version available.
post #388 of 6855
Showtime, are you listening? We want original programming, other than Weeds, on HD DVD/Blu Ray!!!
post #389 of 6855
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Originally Posted by josephmckinney View Post

Showtime, are you listening? We want original programming, other than Weeds, on HD DVD/Blu Ray!!!

That's what I'm thinkin'. Apparently Weeds is on Blu courtesy of LionsGate, who owns distribution rights.
post #390 of 6855
On the target bonus disk, there was Q&A with the cast and producers and executives. They mentioned they read the message boards. Might want to tell them over at sho.com.
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