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'Dexter' scoop: 'Chuck' alum Yvonne Strahovski scores multi-episode arc

Former Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski has booked a killer follow-up role.

The actress scored a multi-episode arc on season 7 of Dexter, playing a woman who helps Miami Metro Homicide solve some cold cases. But casting scoop warns: There’s more to Hanna McKay (Strahovski) than meets the eye, and Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is the first to suspect it.

This is the first post-Chuck television role for Strahovski, who played agent Sarah Walker on the show, which concluded its five-season run in January.

Production on the new season of Dexter began last week and it returns Sept. 30.

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Showtime renews 'Nurse Jackie' for season 5

Pills for everyone! Showtime’s Nurse Jackie will be checking back into your DVR next year as the network announced today that the Edie Falco-helmed dramedy will return for a fifth season. In addition to the renewal, the network named former Dexter exec producer Clyde Phillips as the medical series’ new showrunner.

Beyond Dexter, Phillips returns to Showtime with a number of other television creations under his belt, including Get Real (the tragically cancelled 1999 Anne Hathaway-Jesse Eisenberg series), Suddenly Susan, and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Considering Phillips’ experience in turning a serial killer into the father of the year, he should have no problem handling the wickedly witty, totally messed-up life of emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton. Sounds like a perfect match, no?

Production on Nurse Jackie will begin in late 2012, although a season premiere date has not yet been announced.

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'Dexter' scoop: Ray Stevenson joins season 7 -- EXCLUSIVE

This is really exciting casting: A Rome fan favorite and big screen action star is going to face off with everybody’s favorite serial killer.

Ray Stevenson has joined the highly anticipated upcoming seventh season of Showtime’s Dexter. The tough-guy actor who’s appeared in movies like Thor, The Three Musketeers and Punisher: War Zone will have a recurring role next season playing the leader of a Russian organized crime syndicate. Stevenson will also appear in the upcoming Thor sequel and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Dexter fans were left with a stunning cliffhanger last season that set into motion the show’s end game. [Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen it yet] Dexter Morgan was discovered by his sister Debra in the middle of finishing off his latest victim — right after Debra realized she has some rather non-sisterly feelings for him. The seventh season is expected to be the second-to-final round of the acclaimed hit, though that could still change. Dexter returns Sunday, Sept. 30. What do you think of Titus Pullo going to Miami?

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‘Dexter,’ ‘Homeland’ set 2012 premiere dates

'Dexter,' 'Homeland' set 2012 premiere dates

This might well be the earliest fall premiere date announcement ever, but we’ll take it.

Showtime has set return dates for Dexter season 7 and Homeland season 2. Both will return Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, with Dex leading into the Golden Globe-winning Homeland. So set arrange your vacation plans accordingly.

Colin Hanks to guest-star on 'Happy Endings' -- EXCLUSIVE

Colin Hanks is going from a killer drama to a killer comedy: The actor who played an apocalypse-obsessed serial murderer on Dexter‘s sixth season will guest-star in an episode of Happy Endings, EW has learned. The body count should be considerably lower on the ABC comedy, as he tackles the role of… Colin Hanks, a new celebrity friend of Dave (Zachary Knighton). What brings Hanks into Dave’s world? The Steak Me Home Tonight truck has become a Chicago hotspot boasting designer drinks. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' finale: Best-ever ratings for new Showtime series

Homeland ended with a bang on Sunday: The finale attracted 1.71 million viewers at 10 and another 2.03 million for the night — making it the highest-rated finale for a freshman series in Showtime history.

That’s a 58 percent gain from the series premiere (1.08 million); it’s also the most-watched episode in the drama’s run. In fact, Homeland is Showtime’s highest-rated freshman show to date: The net says the drama averaged 4.23 million total viewers across multiple platforms and is now the second most popular show on Showtime behind Dexter.

Speaking of which, the season 6 finale of the serial killer drama averaged 2.23 million viewers at 9 and 2.71 million for the night. The episode represented the most-watched telecast of an original show on Showtime for all of 2011.

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'Dexter' scoop: Series endgame begins this season

When Showtime recently renewed Dexter for two more seasons, fans wondered: Is this the beginning of the end for the acclaimed serial killer drama?

Though plans could still change, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins tells EW the working assumption is indeed that Dexter will conclude in the eighth season. Moreover, the creative endgame starts sooner than you think — the remaining episodes of the current sixth season will set into motion events that will resonate through the remainder of the series.

“Coming back for two more years gives us clarity about how and when it will go out,” Nevins said at Showtime’s annual holiday party in Los Angeles on Thursday night. “There’s things that are going to happen [this season] that will set up a very clear endgame that will take two seasons to tell. You have got to be there for the last two episodes.” READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' renewed for two more seasons

Dexter is will return for two more seasons, Showtime just announced.

The serial killer drama was renewed for a seventh and eighth season. Each will consist of the show’s standard 12 episodes. The network also closed a deal with star Michael C. Hall for two more rounds. The deal makes Dexter one of cable’s longest-running drama series.

“The series is bigger than it’s ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape,” said Showtime topper David Nevins. “Together with Michael, the creative team on the show has a very clear sense of where they intend to take the show over the next two seasons and, as a huge fan, I’m excited to watch the story of Dexter Morgan play out.”

Here’s a question: Does this mean Dexter will end after eight seasons?

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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Glee,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'American Horror Story': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Awwww. Y’all know what I realized this week?

It’s been just about one year since we first started our show-mance (and I mean that quite literally). Our mutual love for television has brought us together and I couldn’t be happier about it. So many thanks for your readership, harassment, and love. Sometimes, it all even came rolled in a single e-mail. Crazies after my own heart — I love it.

So I hope you enjoy today’s installment and the comfort of knowing that you’re now officially my longest relationship ever. Woo!!… I think.

Also, celebrate by sending me more questions and ponderings. (E-mail: SpoilerRoom@EW.com or Tweet: @EWSandraG) You’re great people and I appreciate you. Happy Anniversary!! (Note: It was officially last Saturday, but in the grand tradition of all my relationships, I forgot. So we can celebrate now!)

‘GREY’S ANATOMY': KIM RAVER TALKS TEDDY’S GRIEF
So, readers, was Grey’s Anatomy not the most heart-wrenching thing ever last night? I was consoled only by the fact that I was sure there were other people somewhere bawling along with me. But aside from leaving me with puffy eyes, the episode also left us all with a burning question: What’s going to happen to poor Teddy? Well, when I spoke with Kim Raver, she weighed in on what’s next. “It’s like the time-bomb waiting to explode,” she says. “I know that she doesn’t just dissolve into a puddle on the floor. It’s not that kind of grieving. I know she will go into ‘Let me try to fix it’ mode. But we don’t know how long that will hold.” READ FULL STORY

Michael C. Hall, Jerry Ferrara lend voices to powerful 'Vietnam in HD' for History Channel -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The first time I watched the clip below from the History Channel’s Vietnam in HD, I was jarred by how compelling Michael C. Hall’s voice is even when he’s not narrating Dexter’s crazy thoughts. But it also felt a little like Dexter Morgan was telling me about Vietnam — and I couldn’t get enough.

Hall, who narrates the six-hour docudrama, which kicks off Nov. 8, is just one of the many celebrities whose name is attached to the captivating project that tells the story of Vietnam through the eyes of 13 men and women who were there. Other voice talent includes Adrian Grenier, Blair Underwood, Zachary Levi, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Jerry Ferrara, whose voice is featured below in one of two exclusive clips from the special. READ FULL STORY

More people coming to Showtime's 'Homeland'

Just what Showtime hoped for — more viewers are discovering Homeland. The conspiracy drama starring Claire Danes drew its biggest audience yet on Sunday, up 18 percent versus its premiere. The show averaged 1.8 million viewers at 10 p.m.

Dexter, in the meantime, built on its premiere by averaging 2.42 million viewers.

Showtime has already ordered a second season of Homeland, which focuses on a CIA officer who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of a U.S. soldier was a setup and connected to an Al Qaeda terrorist plot. Besides Danes, the series stars Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin and is from Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

'Fringe,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Once Upon a Time': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Go Rangers!

Just kidding. Last night was actually the most baseball I’ve watched since the last time I watched a repeat of A League of Their Own on TBS, so don’t take that declaration too seriously. I don’t care who wins — either way, we don’t get Fringe tonight. Pfft.

That said, I have some scoop today that will hopefully satisfy your need for one more week — or make the delay even more painful. I can’t decide which is more truthful, but let’s try to see the sunny side of things.

In other news, enjoy spoils and teases from a ton of other shows below! If you don’t see a show you like, send me an e-mail with your request: spoilerroom@ew.com. (I read and appreciate them all!) Twitter also works: @EWSandraG. I also try to comb comments, but I sometimes miss those. To make sure they reach my eyes, use the two previously mentioned methods. Don’t be shy!

See y’all next week!

‘FRINGE': WHAT YOU WON’T SEE TONIGHT
As great as last night’s Game 6 was, it was hard to ignore the collective sigh among Fringe fans on news that Game 7 would result in a one-week delay of the new Fringe episode. And I’m right there with you — that sucks. Luckily, before I even knew the outcome of the game, I’d planned a healthy serving of dish for you. READ FULL STORY

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