Dexter's Eighth Season Will Be Its Last

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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a 0 rating eh? this is hillarious:) and 90120 was renewed and TSC was cancelled, right? well deserved CW, hope you would go further below..
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4 seasons too late.
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I hope they really leave these last two seasons with a bang instead of a whimper. These last two seasons really need to be amazing.
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looking forward to it !! big fan !!
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I'm guessing that Deb will either eventually arrest Dexter - followed by a big trial, or turn into her father and end up using Dexter to "clean up" bad guys that the system failed to incarcerate. Either way, I don't see how they'll be able to stretch this all out over two more seasons, unless Dexter goes on the lam for most of a season. But Dexter writers managed to keep things tense most of the time. So here's hoping they'll get their pre-6 mojo back!
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"We wanted to end it this year, but the network convinced us that it would be best to do it in two years".



Oh great. I'm eager to witness the quality writers of season 6 to stretch out the last ideas they could come up with into twice as much airing time (for no creative reason whatsoever). What could possibly go wrong.
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Let's hope we don't hear that for the already perfect Homeland. Don't screw up, Showtime. :)
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Good call on both parts. Big fan.
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I love Dexter so i want hell of a finale and best last two seasons
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DAMN! A zero-zero, that's a hell of fail. That means nobody had The CW on earlier and just walked out of the room, even. UPN-time is a'comin.
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Not sure if I should wait in line for Elementary just to throw old tomatoes at the dais, or just picket it since it'd require less standing around.
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Just a point of clarifictaion on Nora Ephron. She did write and direct "Sleepless in Seattle", but Rob Reiner directed "When Harry Met Sally".
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we will all keep a little dexter in our heart.. x)
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nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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even though i wanted it to go even further but the story has gotta end somewhere and it seems that its already approaching its final climax
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if you have to choose between 90210 and sleeping kittens always go with sleeping kittens!
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Finally, it needs to rest in it's bed.
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oh no...!!!!

it is my one of favorite TV show... i just love it.

and i want it to be continue....
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You'd be wrong, sorry FF got it right...
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Hmm. Comment removed. What did they write, Muderboy?
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Hopefully it will be its best, doubtful though.
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'Tis a shame the show will end, but 'tis also a necessity, methinks. It has produced awesome characters, amazing performances, and interesting story-lines, but it's falling apart pretty quickly -- especially with the sister/brother love thing. Knowing that it's ending soon I have no doubt it will become all that it was in the past and more.
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Dexter season rankings (worst to best):



6!!!!!! Seriously. 6.

3. The Miguel storyline did nothing for me.

5.

4. I know. It's crazy the Trinity arc represents only the third best season. But that shows how exemplary the first two were.

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1. Possibly one of the greatest, most complete seasons of television EVER.
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ALMOST my ranking but ...

Maybe just for an inch I think season 2 is slightly ahead of season 1.

I know, it's blasphemy but because season 2 didn't have a villain like the others had and still being that strong and thrilling in nearly every storyline makes it for me slightly superior to the first season ...

So Season 1 is "A New Hope" and season 2 is "Empire Strikes Back".

BTW I had the luck to watch season 1 & 2 in a marathon years ago and to this very day i never had a better TV-marathon in my life.
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That's exactly how I would rate them!
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Season 2 could have been even better than season 1. I think the middle part of the season was. But I hated the ending. It started going downhill when Lila torched her apartment a few episodes before the end. I was a bit sickened by the writers' cowardly choice in the final episode to let Lila do everything so that Dexter didn't have to make a hard choice. And I absolutely hated the scene in Paris at the very end. Lila was a great character BEFORE the writers started giving Dexter reasons to kill her.
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I would say Season 4 blew away everything. Granted that Season 1 started us all off getting to know Dexter, his brother and everyone else but Lithgow is second to none for all of them. I agree that Season 3 was a let down since the villain arc was all over the place between Miguel and whoever that other guy was. I loved the crazy chick in Season 2 and Doakes was a great character. Season 5 was abysmal beyond belief for me but Season 6 just wasn't as bad as so many make it out to be. If I didn't check Tv.com for that season I'd never guess that Olmos character wasn't really there.



Now that Deb knows, it'll be interesting for sure. I feel the series has to end with DEXTER going to prison or it'll really not all work. Or heck, even killed. But to have a snicker and just walk away will be disappointing for sure.
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Sorry FF, gotta disagree there. Trinity arc much better than the plot with that whore Lila. She's very annoying.



Trinity had it all: good acting, pretty interesting plot throughout, and most importantly - it had consequences, which usually there never is.
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You're forgetting about Doakes. Anyway, I'll grant season 2 did not have as compelling a villain, but the writing was better. Dexter's darkness was explored in a way that was beautiful to behold.
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I agree with you on the Dexter's darkness. That gets lost as seasons go by.



But I disagree on your Doakes take. Doakes' death was pretty lame and, dare I say it, a sad way for the character to go - through the hands of the whore Lila and by chance. He deserved better. Poorly thought of by the writing crew in my view.
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Yes, his death was lame, but his contribution to the other 11 episodes of the season was fantastic. It's frustrating for me to think of season 2. I have never enjoyed TV more than when I was watching the middle part of season 2, but I hated the final episode so much. The thing you just mentioned was one of the most annoying things about it. But both Doakes and Lila were great in the middle part of the season. The stuff about how she made him start to think about his urges as nothing more than an addiction created by his father was awesome.
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Thinking back to season 1 and comparing that to last season is like comparing Lost with Terra Nova, seriously, they are like to completely different shows, lets hope the last two seasons can bring back some of that old, sinister magic.



Spot on there by the way FF.
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Sinister magic.



What a perfect way to describe it.
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I would only switch 4 and 2. :)
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Finally, somebody got it right. Thanks FF...



btw Colin Hanks did a good job but was so badly miscast it ruined it - ever see The Good Guys with Colin and Bradly Whitford? Good casting and a very good show - one of my all-time one season wonders...
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Completely agree. It just shows how much casting the right person in the right role means. And yes, Good Guys was absolutely excellent for what it was - I have no idea why it didn't catch on.
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Glad you agree. Most people think 3 is better than 5, but I'd take Lumen's storyline over Miguel's every time.
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I agree with this, especially the 1st season comment, only difference is I would switch 3 and 5.



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I'm interested in the Dexter/Debra dynamic this season, and a little interested in what Yvonne Strahovski and Ray Stevenson have to offer, as well as the deal with Louis. Do not give a flying fuck about the rest of the cast, except a little bit of Masuka. Seeing how this show wasted the talents of Colin Hanks, EJO, and Mos Def last season, gives me less hope that they can utilize the guest cast well. Unfortunately, the show also likes to waste time on the pointless endeavours of Batista, Quinn, and LaGuerta. This show has to have one of the worst supporting casts of all time. I apologize for being overly negative to a show that I used to love, but that last season left such a bad taste in my mouth.
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I like Yvonne, but it will be hard to see her as anyone but Sarah Walker. I'm a bit surprised that they chose her for a part like this.
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Yvonne Strahovski? Not according to IMDB.
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I like IMDB and usually trust their ratings, but they're usually late to the party when it comes to casting. Look everywhere else, it's been announced for awhile that she will be on this season.
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OK, thanks. I googled it and found a few articles that confirm it. It's a bit surprising that IMDB isn't getting this right, because they have added the first six episodes to the episode list, and have included some information about the episode cast for the first three. Of course, those three were the only episode pages I looked at before I posted that comment above. I guess I'll know better next time.
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It's not the supporting cast that's bad. It's the stupid and irrelevant things the writers have them do. The Batista+La Guerta romance for example was clearly just a way to give them more screen time.
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Am I the only one who is not completely disgusted with the new Dexter/Debra dynamic? And am I the only one who thinks it's not just a spurious plot development to garner attention, but has been subtly built for several seasons and is a logical step in the progression of their relationship considering Deb's past? ...



Yes? Yes, I am the only one? Okay, ignore everything I just wrote.
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You're not the only one FF. Dexter started outside the box and has never been inside as far as I know. It's one of the most compelling shows of all time and has surpassed Jeff Lindsay's novels which are also great. I haven't been happy with every plotline and every character but Dexter is the very darkest hero of them all...
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Darkly dreaming Dexter. I always loved that book title. But you're right, the show has surpassed the books.
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Incest lover? Shame on you.
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So not vehemently hating something means that you love it? Your egregious comment is moot anyway because my point had nothing to do with incest. I was merely stating I don't hate the fact that a fictional character has feelings for her non-biologically related brother considering her past and psychological condition. I never said I loved nor even liked this character development. I just don't hate it.



I certainly wasn't making any commentary about incest. I'm not a supporter of incest by the way ...



SEE! That's a commentary about incest.
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Its not really incest though, Dexter was adopted.
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That's debatable.
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If you referring to the dynamic that involves Deb loving Dex, yes you are the only one. Now that you mention it, I don't think I'm looking forward to their dynamic after all. Can't it just be Deb dealing with Dex the killer and not the lover too?
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not like, "YAY! Incest!" I just think Deb having feelings for Dexter makes sense and I thought this storyline was a possibility since the end of the first season.
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should have ended it last year.. IMO
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Well, two years should give them enough time to wrap it up nicely. Here's hoping to a season four-like, season 7 & 8.
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Well! Can't accept!, but this is the truth! all the great shows will reach its end! any way we got 2 more season to kill! can't wait for September. Dexter rocks!
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I remember when season 5 was supposed to be the last season of Dexter, which was the only reason I suffered through that terrible serial rapists plot-line after the fantastic John Lithgow season. I am now thinking, that fourth season should have been the last and it would have been a fine ending for the show.
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That would have been a very strange place to end the show. From a storytelling perspective, the best place to end it was season 2, because he was close to getting caught, and the writers did some really annoying stuff at the end to reset everything properly for season 3. If they had allowed him to get caught there instead, it would have been an awesome ending to the greatest show ever.



But we would have been pissed off because the best show on TV only got two seasons, and Showtime would have made less money. So I think it was a good thing that it continued.



They could also have done season 5 differently to end it there. Dexter left so many clues for the FBI in season 4 that they should have been able to track him down during Season 5. Regardless of whether he had been caught or escaped, it would have made season 5 much better. Lumen was a great character, and the episode Teenage wasteland was awesome, but most of the season was pretty lame.



I have also always assumed that Deb would find out before the show is over, and I thought this would be very interesting to see (if the writing is good) So I'm a little bit excited about this new season, but unfortunately, season 6 showed us that the writers don't even UNDERSTAND the characters. What Dexter did on his road trip was completely wrong for that character, and the stuff about his father in that episode was ridiculous. The father was never an actual hallucination before this episode. He was just a way to show us Dexter's thoughts. They have even forgotten what "dark passenger" means. The dark passenger is his addiction to killing, not a freaking hallucination. And we already knew that Dexter meant the world to Deb, so we didn't need to see her be sexually attracted to him to believe that she wouldn't turn him in. She already had plenty of reasons not to do that.

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ABSOLUTELY! Season 4 should've been the end of Dexter and it would've been a perfect series. The show literally came full circle at that point. Everything that needed to happen, did happen. This show is now going to kill itself with 4 atrocious extra seasons which will undo all the good that it once was.
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Rob Reiner directed When Harry Met Sally
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They announced that season 8 would be the last about a year ago.
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Just three short years ago, news of Dexter's end would have greatly saddened me.



But right now, after the last two years, I feel completely indifferent.



Here's to hoping they go out with a bang.
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That's exactly how I feel. I couldn't fucking wait to see what would happen after the season 4 finale, but two seasons later, I almost don't care anymore. It could still end really strong though, so we'll see.
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Have to agree, Dexter has been so bad that I really don't care. One of the main problems is that after the great Big Bad of S4, the seasons that followed didn't manage to live up to the level of greatness set up by the Trinity Killer. Granted, that wasn't the only problem: the whole predictability that appeared, the awful characters ( Travis, Lumen, Jordan Chase to name a few), the terrible plots (Debra having feelings for Dexter, the Travis storyline).
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I wouldn't say its been "bad" I liked the Lumen season better than season 3....this past year was indeed predictable and pretty lame I'll give you that...but yes the major problem is as you said....you just cant top season 4
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WORD! This show blows!
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Hey, ain't you the naysayer about eveything? It must suck to be you...
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"After months and years and decades of guesstimating, we can finally confirm that Season 8 of Dexter will be the show's" ... What? What will it be?!
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Amber season? - Dexter gets a Dexter suit with a cape and everything - Debra says fuck once too often and Nuns beat her to death with rulers in a church - HG Wells takes him back in time to face-off wth Jack the Ripper. I don't know, I'm curious too...
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1) After months and years and decades of guesstimating, we can finally confirm that Season 8 of Dexter will be the show's last season.

2) After months and years and decades of guesstimating, we can finally confirm that Season 8 of Dexter will be the show's best season.

3) After months and years and decades of guesstimating, we can finally confirm that Season 8 of Dexter will be the show's worst season.
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Hmmm ... It's definitely between 1 and 3.
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I watched***
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It will be the show's anteanteanteanteanteanteantepenultimate season! Yes, that is a real word. (BTW, I the Chang Dynasty episode! I can't bring myself to watch the final one...oh Finality will be the death of me...)
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I recently had a problem with a friend over the word Penultimate. He professes to be God's gift to the universe and is a super arogant prick. He loves to abuse the word PenTultimate. I finally called him on it by saying "You have no idea what the word means do you Michael? You should go look it up - oh wait, you can't because you also have no idea of how to spell it either. Take out one of the T's and you'll have a better chance. "Oh, I know what it means," he said arogantly implying 'How could you possibly think you know something I don't.' "What does it mean then," I said. "Uncomprehensible ultimateness," he said with a straight face - I swear. "It means next to last ," I said pleasently and he looked at me not as sure of himself as he normally was with an astonished crooked smile. Probably the most fun I ever had and I bet he looked it up after I'd gone...
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Haha! Such a funny story! Gotta love proving friends wrong :P
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I know your pain.
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Yeah... :(
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bummer on dexter but i kind of felt last season was not its strongish with good actor they had
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