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Dexter

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Michael C. Hall, Dexter

You can feel the crackling creative current running through the new, third season ? of Dexter. Having abandoned all plotlines from Jeff Lindsay’s source novels and dispatched the tediously glowering Sergeant Doakes at the end of last season, the ? producers and murderous Miami police blood-spatter reader Dexter (a twinkly-eyed Michael C. Hall) slither into fresh territory. The results are exhilarating: In the premiere, our serial killer kills accidentally for the first time, which throws him into a moral tizzy.

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9-10PM · Showtime · Returns Sept. 28

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Jimmy Smits joins 'Dexter'

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(FROM VARIETY) ? Jimmy Smits will star in 10 of the 12 episodes set for the upcoming third season of Showtime’s Dexter. The actor will play an ambitious assistant district attorney who comes from a high-profile and powerful Miami family. He is coming off the starring role in the short-lived CBS drama Cane. (Variety)

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Parents group calls for ''Dexter'' boycott

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(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) ? The Parents Television Council has called for advertisers to boycott Dexter, the Showtime series now also airing on parent network CBS, because of its violent nature. The show stars Michael C. Hall as a forensics expert who doubles as a serial killer. The PTC has asked CBS affiliates to pre-empt the show, which started airing an edited version of the popular pay channel series on Feb. 17.

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America's hot spots in 2007

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1. Chris McCandless went Into the Wild on the Stampede Trail, near Fairbanks, Alaska

2. The worst (best?) Idol auditions ever: Seattle

3. The birthplace of Ratatouille: Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, Calif.

4. The Palms Casino Resort in Vegas: Host to the biggest VMAs train wreck of all time

5. The Rock of Love house, Hollywood Hills. (Please wash hands before returning to outside world.)

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''Dexter'' sets Showtime ratings record

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The Sunday (Nov. 18) segment of Dexter was the most-watched episode of a Showtime series in the pay channel’s history. The serial killer drama, starring Michael C. Hall, attracted 1.23 million viewers at 9 p.m. and a total of 1.63 million for the 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. runs. The 1.23 million single-airing surpassed the 1.21 million who tuned in for Soul Food in 2004. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Michael C. Hall, Dexter

The anxiety in season 2 of Dexter should be excruciating. Showtime’s gruesome drama, about a serial killer (Michael C. Hall) who only murders evildoers, has created quite a conundrum for our vigilante. On the ocean floor near Miami, dozens of bags containing his victims’ body parts have been discovered. Now he’s in the middle of an investigation that may lead right to him. The situation seemed destined to stir up some No Way Out-style breathlessness — but instead, it feels like a chilly, middle-stakes chess game.

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Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Death does become him. Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall’s turn as blood-spatter specialist Dexter Morgan — who’s also a serial killer programmed to knock off only bad guys — provides one of the small screen’s most appealing antiheroes. EXTRAS The creators were disappointed that Dexter’s violence didn’t rankle viewers. Notes producer Daniel Cerone: ”We expected a lot more controversy out of this show.” A four-disc set with lame bonus features (two episodes of fellow Showtime series Brotherhood?!) and no sign of Hall?

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Michael C. Hall returns to TV in ''Dexter''

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Michael C. Hall is impressed by the technique of his scene partner. It’s not that he’s a good improviser, or the kind of actor who reveals a lot of backstory through subtle inflections. Actually, the guy has no lines at all. He’s just an extra lying on a gurney in the closed wing of an old Pasadena hospital used for TV shoots. His eyes are shut, his chest still, and his skin blue with makeup. Hall— who’s playing a professional blood-spatter expert with the Miami police department on Showtime’s shocking new series Dexter (premiering Oct.

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