With Homeland and Masters of Sex drawing to a close this weekend, TV is about to get a lot less sexy. Both shows boast a cast of strapping leading men that have, from week to week, made us laugh, cry and swoon. When you look at the current roster of shows airing on each network, it’s safe to say that Showtime has contracted some of the most alluring men to appear on TV. Whether it’s Homeland (Damian Lewis), Dexter (we miss you already, Michael C. Hall!), Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber for DILF of the year) or even Nurse Jackie (mmm, Morris Chestnut), there’s a man for everyone.
There was a while there when we thought TV opening credits were dead and gone. In favor of more commercial time, the networks were content to give you a few seconds of “previously on,” an opening scene and then a title. But then came quality cable series, and along with movie stars, explicit sex and a lot of gore, they brought fancy fonts, theme songs and computer animation that elevated the opening titles to the kind of art form we love to geek out over (and, of course, parody). We thought about just listing our favorites here ( the Breaking Bad sequence and all those chemistry symbols! Orange Is the New Black’s Regina Spektor song!), but that’s been done. Instead, here are the ones that make a knot form in our stomach in anticipation of the coming hour’s drama.
Haven’t you always wanted to know what it’s like to be the nanny for a serial killer’s son? No? OK, but we know you’re curious about what it’s like to play one on TV. Dexter’s Aimee Garcia, also known as Jamie Batista on the Showtime series, is stopping by the Very VH1 Spreecast today at 4:30 pm ET to answer all — or well, almost all — of your questions about the final season. Tune in live and click on the comment section up top to participate!
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Is Showtime’s Dexter finally coming to an end? Is Kris Jenner getting her own talk show? And why does Tom Cruise have high hopes for his apocalyptic film, Oblivion, this weekend? All this in today’s First Dibs.
By Melissa Smith
We’re approaching the impending (maybe possible) series finale of Dexter with a mix of excitement and dread. Sure, we can’t wait to see how things will wrap up, but we also know we’ll soon have to go on with life without our favorite characters and actors. Like with most series endings, there will be some sort of twisted mourning period we all must go through.
If you’re like us, you’re already worrying about missing Michael C. Hall after season eight airs this summer. And if you feel an extra twinge of panic at the thought, it might be because Michael has been a major part of groundbreaking television for well over a decade, first portraying funeral director David Fisher in Six Feet Under before moving on to the serial killer we can’t help but love in Dexter. In fact, there hasn’t been a year without Michael gracing our screens since 2001! Who else could make us want to hug a funeral director? Who else could make us want to hang out with a murderer? Please don’t leave us, Michael!
That’s why I had a bit of desperation in my voice at the Sundance premiere of Kill Your Darlings, when I asked Hall if there’s any chance he might sign on to a new series. And what type of roll could live up to the two iconic characters he’s already portrayed?
“I would like to find something that had, you know, someone who was both a murderer and a funeral director. If that comes my way, I’m in,” he quipped. “No. … I’d never say never, you know. Who knows what the future holds? But I’ve been very fortunate thus far.”
Let’s hope the fortune continues. And in the meantime, all you writers out there get to work on some scripts about bloodthirsty morticians.
Looks like we won’t be getting that steamy serial killer love triangle we asked Santa for this year, since Julia Stiles has denied having an affair with Dexter’s Michael C. Hall. Despite rumors that Stiles and Hall have been flirting all over the show’s blood-spattered set, Julia says any gossip suggesting that she had a hand in Hall’s divorce from co-star Jennifer Carpenter is just ridiculous. “I have absolutely nothing to do with the split between Michael and Jennifer. We are good friends and enjoyed working together,” Stiles claimed. We were wondering how that amount of awkwardness was going to fit on one sound stage. Now they only have to kill off one character at the end of the season!
“This is a personal matter between them, and we should respect their privacy. Although I too prefer to keep my private life private, I felt compelled to dispel the rumors I was somehow the cause for this matter,” she concluded. Looks like Julia will have to put the lotion on her skin herself this Christmas. [Photos: Getty Images/Showtime]
Joining the latest pile of dead marriages in the Hollywood graveyard are Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter‘s brief stint together. The two actors play brother and sister on one of our favorite shows, Dexter. They got married in December 2008, but they didn’t really make this two year anniversary: their statement to Entertainment Weekly reveals that they’ve been separated for a while now. The soon-to-be ex-couple’s joint brief reads, “Having been separated for some time, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall have filed for divorce.”
This divorce seems especially sad to report because of the rough 2010 the actor has already had. Michael was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year. Fighting cancer and getting divorced all in one shot? That’s just harsh. Their reps say the split is amicable, and for once, we’re hoping that’s not a load of crock. He’s in remission now and deserves a break.
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Oh, happy Harry day! The latest Deathly Hallows posters just arrived in our inbox, along with a healthy dose of blood spatter and dirt. Is it possible that this film adaptation goes astray and we find out Harry and Hermoine are actually wand-wielding, conscientious serial killers?! [Posters: Warner Bros., Showtime]
Check out the latest Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer in HD after the jump!