A Dexter Renewal Is Imminent

... 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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I've been waiting for Netflix to make this move for months. Hurrah!
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"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!".
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If only Netflix didn't suck in Canada....
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I would love if Dexter got renewed for another season and more after that!!!!!!!
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Cool about Netflix...Hulu sucks anyway
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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!
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Good news about Dexter.
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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.
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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.
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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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so what will have more viewers, a post-Carell Office or a Carrel Post Office?
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only good news here is dexter, the rest is unimportant
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Ditto what TardisHQ said!
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I had a feeling that Dexter would be coming back. The show is one of the most consistent in ratings.I wonder if they will be keeping Julia Styles around for a while if she survives the season or if Astor and Cody will start showing the dark passenger.
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ROFL re: Katie Couric! You rule (sometimes) Tim! Even your fear of "old" can be funny sometimes!
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@VConn : Walker aired about 3 episodes in the spring of 1993 before the first season actually started in the fall. Some people say they are part of the first 1993-1994 season, some people say they are just a pilot season and the series started in the fall, some people say that those episodes are their own season which would make the season count 9. It is all a matter of opinion.
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NBC, really reaching outside the box with another workplace comedy. What originality. While HBO, Showtime, and even F/X create and air original comedies, NBC keeps churning out the same garbage. Is there any wonder why this network remains stuck in the doledrums of being the least watched of the four networks?
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This news will please the Dexter fans a great deal.
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@ tardishq: pull a Scrubs. Nice!
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I recall that Dexter was planned to be 5 seasons long. Don't get me wrong, I love Dexter, but the best shows ended great after their planned season: Life on Mars (UK), Ashes to Ashes... hopefully Dexter doesn't pull a Scrubs.
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Hopefully Dexter's next season will be even greater!!!
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Awesome Dexter news. The Steve Carell thing sounds funny.
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no I don't think so because you would still have to pay to use any of netflix's feature. Hulu is here to stay as long a it stays FREE!
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The only news I cared about was the Dexter one. I'm very happy about that.
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no, not no more hulu! :(
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Excellent news about DEXTER, It only started here 2 weeks ago so I've been avoiding spoilers but extra seasons are rarely a bad thing so here's hoping for an official announcement ASAP. Secondly didn't Walker Texas Ranger actually run 9 seasons?
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OMG!!! DEXTER!!! YAY!!!
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