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'Dexter' casting scoop: Charlotte Rampling lands key season 8 role -- EXCLUSIVE

A veteran British actress has landed a key role in the upcoming eighth (and possibly final) season of Showtime’s Dexter.

Charlotte Rampling has been cast in a recurring role as a neuro-psychiatrist who specializes in working with young psychopaths and profiling criminals in unorthodox ways. We hear the role has a significant impact on next season’s story.

Rampling was in The Avengers (okay, the original 1967 TV version of The Avengers, but still…) and is best known to U.S. audiences from her roles in films such as Stardust Memories (1980), The Verdict (1982) and playing the mother of Keira Knightley’s title role character in The Duchess (2008).

As we previously reported, Dexter is returning early for its eighth season, debuting June 30 to serve as a lead-in for new Showtime series Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous.

UPDATE: Dexter has also cast Sean Patrick Flannery (The Young and the Restless). He’ll play Jacob Elroy, an ex-cop owner of a private investigation company in Miami.

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'Dexter' returning early for 8th season

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Dexter is coming back earlier than you think.

The Showtime hit is moving to summer for what could be its final season. Dexter season 8 will debut June 30 at 9 p.m. to serve as a lead-in for Showtime’s new series Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins assures that the Dexter team will still have plenty of time to create a strong season. “They had a lot of advance warning [that this was happening] and they know where they’re going,” he said. “No less production time; a little less vacation time.”

The executive also declined to confirm whether Dexter will end this year. “I’m not making any announcements today about when Dexter will end,” Nevins said. “I will clarify that before Dexter goes on the air. There’s a clear end game in place but I can’t talk about it just yet … the decision is ultimately a creative decision… Dexter is to Showtime what Batman is to Warner Bros. I want to take care of it.” READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' showrunner explains shocking finale, season 8 plans

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Showtime’s re-energized seventh season of Dexter delivered a finale twist that’s arguably the most disturbing moment of the series: Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) murdered Miami Metro police captain María LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) to protect her serial killer brother (Michael C. Hall). How will her decision impact next season? Will Yvonne Strahovski return? And will the show really end next year?

Below, showrunner Scott Buck takes our burning questions.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Dexter is a serial killer and even he was struggling with the idea of killing LaGuerta. How did Debra, whose value system is so different than Dexter’s, make that jump?

Scott Buck: I think she was under extreme duress at that moment. Dexter is the master manipulator, and it’s left up the to viewers how they want to interpret things, but Dexter was very much in control of the situation.

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'Dexter' breaks all Showtime records: Will it change the show's endgame?

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Showtime is on fire this fall.

Dexter and Homeland have once again hit new series-high ratings.

Dex delivered 2.6 million viewers — the biggest audience ever for a Showtime original series. Normally such records are broken during season finales or premieres, not during penultimate episodes like this one. Homeland also keeps closing the gap with Dexter, now up to 2.4 million viewers — up 9 percent from last week.

Including their Sunday repeats, Dexter had 3.1 million and Homeland had 2.6 million for the night. Both shows have their season finales next week. Chances are strong Showtime will enjoy another round of happy headlines.

Question: Showtime’s previously stated non-definitive rough-draft plan has been to end Dexter next season. The rising popularity of Homeland makes this easier to follow through on, because now the network has a successful fall replacement hit. But will Showtime really pull the trigger on Dexter when its numbers keep shattering records? Everybody involved with the long-time serial killer drama makes it sound like the only factor for deciding when to conclude the show is its creative storyline — which, let’s face it, would probably benefit from some closure in the near future. But ratings momentum like this, when coupled with a real choice on the table, is unavoidably influential too.

It will be easier to have an opinion on this topic after next week’s finale. Until then, what do you think? How much longer should Showtime air Dexter?

'Dexter' premiere scores record ratings

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Did all that Emmy love help Showtime’s Homeland?

It sure didn’t hurt. The second season of the acclaimed drama returned to 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, up a sharp 50 percent from last year’s series premiere (that’s 1.7 million for its first telecast Sunday night, plus another 400k for its repeat). I suspect Homeland‘s audience would have climbed regardless of who won on Emmy night because it’s simply a great and addictive show that’s doubtless been gathering fans over the summer. And having watched the first two episodes, I can tell you that next week is much more intense than last night’s premiere.

The seventh season of Dexter delivered 3 million viewers across two telecasts, up 10 percent from last year. This marks Dexter‘s biggest premiere audience ever. Dexter has managed to grow its premiere rating every single year. So many fan were annoyed by last season, it’s good to see folks were willing to give the drama another shot.

Hey, want to watch the premieres? You can below… READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Fringe,' 'Supernatural,' 'Gossip Girl': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s October!! Holy muffins. How did that happen?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on my end. First, there was the Emmys, immediately followed by a series of set visits in Vancouver that sucked the life out of me in the best way possible. Now I’m back in New York, fall is in full swing, new shows are beginning to stick (and others, not so much), and hopefully we’re all enjoying having DVRs full of goodness. I know I am.

So let’s get to it. Remember to be sending me your scoop requests (spoilerroom@ew.com) and follow me on Twitter for witty commentary and TV news. Also, if you’re emailing, take a second to tell me your favorite new show of the fall. This is an informal poll, but I’m really curious what scoop you might be craving in the near future. Time for some dish. Nom. Nom. Nom.

‘FRINGE’: FOUR TEASES FROM THE SET
There’s no place as wonderfully warm and weird as the set of Fringe. A few journos and I had the pleasure of visiting the gang in Vancouver last week, and when I wasn’t handing out EWwy awards, I was gathering some fun little intel for fans of the mind-bending cult fave. (If you haven’t read the post-mortem from Friday, head here.) READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' season 7 first full trailer

Yes, we know, this is like the one-millionth promo post for Dexter season 7. But this is Showtime’s first full real bona fide trailer for the season we’ve seen (though the first two minutes of the premiere, released during Comic-Con, was pretty great too). Here you go: READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' stars defend series, tout season 7

A TV critic took the Dexter team to task for season six, saying that the consensus among reviewers was the it was the show’s weakest outing.

The sixth season’s storyline featured a religion theme, with guest stars Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks playing a twisted serial killer duo (later revealed to be one delusional person). The drama often seemed contrived and unbelievable, though the show delivered a shocking finale twist when Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) discovered Dexter (Michael C. Hall) executing his latest victim.

Hall and Carpenter largely sidestepped the issue of last season and instead took the opportunity to champion the show’s upcoming seventh season episodes.

“Whatever your opinion about the ranking the seasons, Dexter is never more compelling than when he is in trouble,” Hall told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour. “And he’s never been in deeper trouble than he is now.” READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' scoop: 'Heroes' veteran to play... -- EXCLUSIVE

Actor Santiago Cabrera is joining the upcoming season of Showtime’s Dexter.

The Chilean actor played a prophetic painter on Heroes and was Sir Lancelot in BBC’s Merlin. On the upcoming seventh season of the Showtime hit, Cabrera will appear in a couple episodes as Ethan Price, a charming investigative writer of true crime books about famous murder cases. We don’t know yet which case Price is investigating, but considering all the Miami mayhem we’ve seen so far on this show, there’s certainly plenty of sensational deaths to choose from.

Showtime previously lined up Yvonne Strahovski and Ray Stevensen for new Dexter roles this season. And by now you’ve seen the sneak preview video from Comic-Con showing the first two minutes of season seven, right? That’s here. Dexter returns Sept. 30.

'Dexter' must-see preview: First two minutes of season 7 released

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You don’t have to wait for the seventh season of Dexter to learn how Debra reacts to last season’s twist ending.

You can watch it right here and now. Showtime just screened the first two minutes of the upcoming season, which picks up right after Debra walks in on her brother murdering a serial killer. Here’s the big moment, and below there’s some insight from the cast. READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' unveils witty Comic-Con memes for season 7 -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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UPDATED: To promote the upcoming seventh season of Dexter, Showtime is rolling out a series of meme-inspired ads at Comic-Con. The you-either-get-it-or-you-don’t ad style uses a classic blood-spattered smiling Dex  with jaunty messages reminiscent of fan-created online memes often posted in blogs and comment boards. In fact, Showtime will have memes promoting several shows at the San Diego fan event (I’m curious to see the Homeland ones, too). The network’s ads will be on shuttle buses, lobby banners and the badge lanyards worn by every SDCC attendee.

The Dexter panel is Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m.  and includes a video with the first two minutes of Dexter‘s next season that picks up right after last season’s cliffhanger, plus the debut of the Homeland second season trailer. The Shameless panel is Saturday July 14 at 4 p.m.

Here’s all of the Dexter memes, exclusively on EW.com (PLUS some fan-created ones on Page 2). See what you think. The Philosoraptor would  approve! READ FULL STORY

'Twilight', 'Dexter','Psych', more announced for Comic-Con's opening day

Comic-Con has just announced their full line-up for Thursday’s events, and there are several fun surprises. Besides already-announced Thursday TV panels such as Nikita and MAD, we now know there will be a Psych panel featuring James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen, along with Psych producers Steve Franks (creator/executive producer), Kelly Kulchak (executive producer), and Chris Henze (executive producer).

More exciting TV news: There will be a Teen Wolf panel Q&A with cast members Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes, along with executive producer Jeff Davis.

The CW will host a Beauty and the Beast panel featuring stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, along with executive producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper. It will be moderated by EW’s own Dalton Ross. READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' season 7 trailer asks: How will Deb react?

Another teaser trailer for Showtime’s seventh season of Dexter, but at least this one teases what we really want to know: How will Debra react to discovering her brother is a serial killer? Are the flashes of dialogue we’re hearing in this teaser even new? Dunno, but here’s your Dex amuse-bouche. READ FULL STORY

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