Dexter Casts Jonny Lee Miller

... It's hard to imagine Showtime's Dexter getting any better, but the show had done gone and done it again. The murderous series has added Jonny Lee Miller, aka Trainspotting's Sickboy and Eli Stone, to its cast. He'll play a "mysterious man" who is tied to new cast member Julia Stiles. Miller was previously rumored to be up for the lead in The Walking Dead, but this is one hell of a consolation prize. [Showtime via press release]

... Breaking Bad is my favorite show, period. And apparently I'll have to wait a little bit longer than usual for my favorite show to return. FINE! Series creator Vince Gilligan has said that God's gift to television won't return for Season 4 until July 2011, a few months later than its usual March launch date. That'll put right alongside AMC's other hit, Mad Men. [Screen Junkies]

... Jason Segel, who is now a big-time hot-shot movie star, says he's leaving How I Met Your Mother in three years, when his contract is up. Hey buddy! What makes you so sure that show will be around that long? [GQ]

... Meat Loaf has successfully made the leap from totally bitchin' rock star to totally bitchin' actor, so it's a bit of a surprise that he's in talks to appear on the next cycle of Celebrity Apprentice. But it's Meat Loaf, man. He can do whatever he wants to and it's still cool. [NY Post]

... Law & Order: Los Angeles is definitely happening, because hey, it's more frickin' Law & Order, and why not? But before it comes to your TV, it needs some actors. Creator Dick Wolf is allegedly searching for cast members, and his wish list includes: Skeet Ulrich, James Van Der Beek, Michael Ealy, Dylan Walsh, Dean Cain, Michael Rapaport, and Lucy Liu. Big names, medium talent. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's forthcoming Love Bites has taken another tumble. The show seemed to be on the right track with its casting of Jordana Spiro (My Boys) and Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) as the leads. Then we saw the trailer, and oh boy... ugh. Now comes word that NBC has booted Jordana Spiro from the show because of her potential contractual obligations to TBS' My Boys. My Boys hasn't been renewed yet, but NBC isn't willing to take the chance. Love Bites has now fallen way down on my list of anticipated new shows. [EW]

... Tori Spelling says she spoke to Farrah Fawcett, even though the latter is dead. Oh, Tori. Please stay in the news forever. [NY Daily News]


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Barrrrrrry! Breaking Bad is the sh!znititnititnbizizisisszz!!
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Ok, I can accept some people like Breaking Bad...it's not horrible. But how it can be your favorite show, period, leaves a big question mark about your tv judgement. Hate to be a hater, cause i love this website.
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What I want to know is will Mr Miller be wearing his infamous syrup for the part? That one he wore for Eli Stone took some topping.
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Looooove JLM!
I hope HIMYM ends sooner rather than later.
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the real question is how long will it take before Munch (aka R. Belzer) makes his appearance of L&: LA.
My new favorite Law and Order has to be the UK one, with Jamie Bamber and Freema Agyeman. Love to see them solve the crimes with less wiggle room.
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I would watch anything that Lucy Liu is in, so i do hope L&O LA gets her.
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wow jason thinks it will last 3 more seasons, thats cute. its the 2nd lowest ratings grabber for CBS, only 8 million and episode.
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I still think they should have cast Benjamin Brat as the new chief on Law and Order LA... it seemed like the thing that made sense, and his cameo in the last season of L&O seemed as tho they were introducing him for a reason. I'll watch it all regardless but really I wish they hadn't canceled the original...
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dexter season 5 is gonna be epic, the department is gonna have to wonder why rita and then question dexter.
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awesome!
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Don't get me wrong, I have loved every spin-off of Law & Order so far (I'm doing a re-run marathon of the orinigal series as we speak, so I'm down for the next year), but I just don't see Law and Order LA happening. Especially when you throw around names like Lucy Liu... The show got big with actors that weren't known, but good. So getting known actors that are mediocre... bad, bad idea. The entire LA-setting is a bad idea in my opinion, but hey , they could still do it. After all these years, I have absolute faith in Dick Wolf. And I wouldn't mind James Vanderbeek. Although Dawsons Creek needs to be forgotten forever (guilty pleasure when I was a teen, I admit), I loved him in Criminal Minds and I'm putting confidence in him. But still, if Dick Wolf decides to read this: please just put good actors that don't have a name attached to them in the show. (For those of you trying to argue Chris Noth is a big name - he became big because of Law and Order, and returned after Sex and the City. So it doesn't count when Law and Order MAKES you a big name.
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Hi Tim, So happy Dexter got Jonny Lee Miller, I loved him in Eli Stone and am looking forward to seeing him. Not a fan of Julia Stiles but hopefully she has the acting chops to go with the dynamite cast they have. I like both Skeet Ulrich and James Van Der Beek, both are amazingly good actors, loved Beek in Mercy and Ulrich was great in the CSI NY compass killer episodes. As for Love Bites there are tons of actresses who can play that part, no big loss IMO.
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I actually don't like Law and Order but if you put Skeet Urlich in there I would probably watch it.
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Can't say I'm familiar with any of that Miller guy's work, but if they cast him in Dexter, I expect good things. And that SUCKS about Breaking Bad - I hope they extend the season.
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So will Breaking Bad be considered for next year's Emmys?
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I cannot stand the Law & Order franchise, but if he gets Lucy Liu, I will watch.
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More than a year for more Breaking Bad, that's breaking terrible.
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I hope they end up going for good actors instead of big names for Law and Order Los Angeles.
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How I hate pauses between seasons. And if they are SO long... How can i remember all series year after last episode??
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Not sure how I feel about Miller joining the cast..
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