TV Review: FARGO – Season 1 – “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” – Series Premiere

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Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman Writer: Noah Hawley, series created by Noah Hawley, based on the feature film FARGO written by Joel & Ethan Coen Director: Adam Bernstein Network: FX, Tuesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 15, 2014 The 1996 feature film FARGO, a deadpan dark comedy about a bumbling Minnesota businessman and a crime gone terribly wrong, won Oscars for Frances McDormand’s lead performance as a hard to flap small-town sheriff investigating the crime and for the original screenplay by writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. FX’s new limited series FARGO, adapted for TV […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Are You …?” – Season Premiere

Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in DEXTER - Season 7 | ©2012 Showtime/Robert Sebree

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Josh Cooke, Ray Stevenson, Enver Gjokaj Writer: Scott Buck, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 30, 2012 Speaking as a great fan of DEXTER overall, this reviewer had a number of problems with the sixth season. However, the season finale ended on such a note of “Holy !!!!” that it almost didn’t matter what preceded it. Given this preamble, Season 7 hits the ground running with “Are You […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEXTER Season 7 news from producer Manny Coto and more

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Sins of Omission" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

As most people know by now, Showtime’s series DEXTER is both a critical and a ratings hit, with a four consecutive Outstanding Drama Emmy nominations to its credit. Star Michael C. Hall has won a Golden Globe and been nominated for four consecutive Best Actor Emmys for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan, a seemingly mild-mannered Miami police blood splatter analyst by day and a serial killer who takes out other murders by night. Over the years, we’ve seen Dexter get married, father a son, have his wife murdered by another serial killer (John Lithgow, who won a Supporting Actor Emmy […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Molly Parker has THE FIRM in her grasp

Molly Parker in THE FIRM | ©2012 NBC/Steve Wilkie

In John Grisham’s novel THE FIRM, as well as in the 1993 movie version, Mitch McDeere is a cocky young lawyer who gets on the wrong side of the sinister law firm that employs him. In NBC’s series THE FIRM, Saturdays at 9 PM, ten years have passed since those events, with Mitch (Josh Lucas), his wife Abby, played by Molly Parker, and their young daughter in Witness Protection during that time. When Mitch decides to resume his real life, he accepts a job with another big law firm, which may be even more malevolent than the one he fled. […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 finale – “This Is the Way the World Ends”

Jennifer Carpenter in DEXTER - Season 6 - "This is the Way The World Ends" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Jordana Spiro, Rya Kihlstedt Writers: Scott Buck & Wendy West, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 18, 2011 Season Six of DEXTER hasn’t been one of its best, but it largely makes up for this with its biggest cliffhanger ever. Wait, we have to wait until September to see what happens next? Say it ain’t so! SPOILER ALERT In “This […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Talk to the Hand”

Colin Hanks in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Talk To The Hand" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Jordana Spiro, Rya Kihlstedt Writers: Manny Coto & Tim Schlattman, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 11, 2011 DEXTER has been known for its intriguing twists, and “Talk to the Hand” has a few, starting with Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) notion to call out the annoying religious maniac Travis (Colin Hanks) by playing his game. SPOILER ALERT Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter), […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Ricochet Rabbit”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Ricochet Rabbit" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke Writers: Jace Richdale & Lauren Gussis & Scott Reynolds, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Michael Lehmann Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 4, 2011 DEXTER has had a slow build through its sixth season, but with “Ricochet Rabbit,” it finally hits its stride. Although the journey hasn’t been as smooth as we might have wished, with “Ricochet Rabbit,” we’re at the point where the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Get Gellar”

Jennifer Carpenter, Michael C. Hall, C.S. Lee and David Zayas in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Get Gellar" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke Writer: Karen Campbell, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Seith Mann Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 27, 2011 Magic is the art of misdirection, so one could call this season of DEXTER a bit magical, given the revelation at the end of the episode “Get Gellar.” Certainly, Edward James Olmos as Gellar has seemed far too fierce and solid to be anything […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Sins of Omission”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Sins of Omission" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Molly Parker, W. Morgan Sheppard Writer: Anika Lisette Mittman, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 20, 2011 In DEXTER, it’s rare for the title character (Michael C. Hall) to be brought up totally short, but that’s what happens in a scene in “Sins of Omission,” which provides an unexpected grace note. Dexter is searching for the whereabouts […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Nebraska”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Nebraska" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Christian Camargo, Molly Parker, Brando Eaton Writer: Wendy West, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Romeo Tirone Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 13, 2011 Thanks to a mixture of facts and mythology, including a Bruce Springsteen album using the state as a title, Nebraska has become famed for its bleakness and its production of serial killers. It therefore makes sense that DEXTER the show and Dexter […]Read On »

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