Dexter's Eighth Season Will Be Its Last

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BUSINESS TIME

... After months and years and decades of guesstimating, we can finally confirm that Season 8 of Dexter will be the show's. The Showtime drama has two more seasons to go (Season 7 starts in September), and executive producer Sara Colleton told TV Guide, "We wanted to end it this year, but the network convinced us that it would be best to do it in two years. In some ways, this is a two-season series-ender. We have worked that out and know where it's going to end. Next year will definitely be the last year of Dexter. Absolutely." Time to dust off that typewriter and get started on the spin-off Son of Dexter starring Zac Efron! [TV Guide]

... Summer network TV isn't all about people living in glass houses, running giant obstacle courses, and some guy who thinks he can talk to dogs. It's also about Canada's finest! ABC has renewed its summer staple Rookie Blue for a fourth season. The series is currently in Season 3. [TV Line]

... Viewers of BBC America are used to all kinds of funny accents, but get ready for the funniest of them all! The BBC offshoot has added the Canadian series Orphan Black to its schedule, just weeks after Canada's Bell Media greenlit the series for its channel Space. The sci-fi show follows a con-artist who finds out she's a clone and okay I will watch this why not? [Deadline Hollywood]

... The CW didn't do too well in the ratings department last night. A repeat of 90210 grabbed a 0.0 rating in the adult demo in its second half-hour. That's not good. The network could have just aired an hour of sleeping kittens and that would have earned at least a 0.2. [NY Times]

... Comic-Con will welcome CBS's Elementary and The CW's Beauty and the Beast for back-to-back panels of old classics butchered beyond recognition on Thursday, July 12. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Ann Curry's replacement on Today is... Savannah Guthrie, who currently co-anchors the show's 9am hour. Curry, meanwhile, will stay at NBC and have a "substantial" role at NBC News, where she'll be making sure Brian Williams' pillows are properly fluffed. [THR]

... The Good Wife has booked Kristin Chenoweth for a recurring role. The GCB actress will play a reporter snooping around Peter's campaign and in the process do a little digging around Peter and Alicia's marriage. She'll start her run in the season premiere. [EW]


R.I.P.

... Screenwriter and playwright Nora Ephron has passed away at the age of 71. She wrote and directed When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Though not a fixture in television, her voice and tone had a big influence on popular culture and women faking orgasms in crowded diners. [LA Times]


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