A Dexter Renewal Is Imminent

By Tim Surette

Dec 02, 2010

... It hasn't officially happened yet, but The Hollywood Reporter is boldly predicting a sixth-season renewal for Showtime's Dexter. Okay, maybe it's not that bold, since the show just recorded its second-highest ratings ever. And it's a critic's favorite. And it's an Emmy mainstay. And it's the network's best show. Yeah, real bold. [The Live Feed]

... Starz is working on a remake of Underbelly, the Australian drama that's been compared to The Sopranos. And now Starz may be looking at a Boardwalk Empire clone, as Underbelly has revealed that its fourth season will be set in the 1920s. [Courier Mail]

... Eminem isn't the only person to receive a Grammy nomination. TV stars Jon Stewart, Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, and Craig Ferguson have also earned noms, in the comedy and spoken word categories. [Comedy Central]

... Katie Couric will play herself in an upcoming episode of Glee, prompting many tweens to ask, "Who the f*** is Katie Couric?" [NY Post]

... Chuck Norris is being anointed an honorary member of the Texas Rangers—the law enforcement group, not the baseball club. Norris played the lead role on Walker, Texas Ranger for eight seasons on CBS. The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, will receive an honorary induction into the "Talked To and Didn't Get Killed by Chuck Norris" club. [LA Times]

... Steve Carell is working on a post-Office gig about having a gig at the Post Office. The Office star has sold a workplace comedy to NBC that's based on his experience working as a mail carrier; it's called The Post-Graduate Project. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Paula Marshall, known for her roles on Gary Unmarried, Californication, and Nip/Tuck, is joining House as Cuddy's sister, Lucinda. [TV Guide]

... Netflix is taking a shot at Hulu by offering to drop lots of cash for the right to stream just-aired TV episodes. According to "a person familiar with the matter," Netflix is offering $70,000 to $100,000 for every episode it can air soon after a show has aired on television. If this deal goes through, you can kiss say Aloha to Hulu. [NY Post]

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  • fweak Dec 10, 2010

    I've been waiting for Netflix to make this move for months. Hurrah!

  • Dragonsi2 Dec 06, 2010

    "you can kiss say Aloha to Hulu." "kiss say"?? It should either be, "kiss Hulu goodbye", or "say Aloha to Hulu".
    Or, my personal favorite! "Kiss Hulu Aloha!".

  • kit__kat88 Dec 06, 2010

    If only Netflix didn't suck in Canada....

  • TrueTvWatcher Dec 05, 2010

    I would love if Dexter got renewed for another season and more after that!!!!!!!

  • Monkey2Banana Dec 05, 2010

    Cool about Netflix...Hulu sucks anyway

  • boneslover4 Dec 05, 2010

    Yes Dexter!! I just got into it a couple of weeks ago because of the promos for the show. I caught up on all of the episodes from season 1 and I am so pumped for the season finale! I can't have this show end on me just when I'm starting it! And this season really can't wrap up an entire series in two episodes. It just simply can't be done!

  • Starprincess13 Dec 04, 2010

    Good news about Dexter.

  • crashingdoors Dec 04, 2010

    Spoilers, maybe. I don't remember reading anything about Dexter having a 5-season rule, but even if one of the producers mentioned something about that, I can't really see Dexter throwing in the towel at the end of this season. This season feels like it's meant to be penultimate; there's a lot of tension being created now that there's a more-or-less complete partnership in play--which was missing in the Dexter/Rita relationship--and I really don't see that tension being properly played out by the end of this season (since it's barely come to a boil as of yet). With only a couple episodes remaining in this season, I don't see how they could end the show (for good) without it being cheesy and/or forced. If it does end with season 6, though--and I kind of hope it does, for the sake of the overall story (but a 7th would be okay)--the writers would have plenty of time to take the steam of season 5 and turn that into a really intense & meaningful ending to the story of Dexter.

    If the producers know what they're doing, Stiles will stick around. Having two blonde romantic interests of Dexter die, 2 years in a row.... Come on. And I doubt Stiles wants out; she's been amazing as Lumen and I'm assuming she's getting a lot of positive industry buzz.

  • Bottron Dec 03, 2010

    If Dexter gets a sixth season I am going to stop watching that show. The only thing getting me through this extremely boring season, is that this is supposed to be the end. I am tired of seeing Michael C. Hall's terrible acting job that is only supported by even worse voice-overs. I am tired of a story about a serial killer trying to have friends. I get it, he can't, they all die or betray him or turn out to be bigger monsters than he. I am disappointed that the shows as a whole turned out to be so bland when the second season was so great. I feel bad for tv shows because so rarely do they get the chance to end on top.

  • CKinne9 Dec 03, 2010

    The only way netflix could compete with Hulu is if it aired those episodes for free. That's why hulu is so great. Besides, I've heard the video quality on netflix is the equivalent to megavideo...so they have more issues than not having just-aired television episodes.

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