This Week in TV:
Showtime releases a new teaser trailer and poster promoting Dexter season 8; True Blood fans get a first look at photos from season 6; we learn that Seth MacFarlane will guest-voice a character on The Simpsons season 24 finale; Syfy announces that Defiance has been renewed for season 2; Homeland promotes two of its season 2 guest-stars to series regulars for season 3; and USA decides to end Burn Notice after season 7.
Like previously released season 8 teasers, the most recent clip (above) reminds viewers of the increasing number of Dexter’s victims and continues to hint that the final chapter will be the bloodiest yet. With Miami police seemingly closing in on Dexter, the finale is sure to be violent and explosive, no matter which route the show’s producers choose to go in. Of course, the big questions looming over the final season are Will Dexter die? And if so, how?
The newest trailer and poster (below) certainly suggest that he may become his own final victim:
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Season 8 picks up six months after LaGuerta’s murder, an event that seriously strained Dexter and Deb’s relationship. He’ll have to deal with the fallout as the series attempts to tie up all its loose ends and provide a thrilling and fitting end to the troubled title character.
Tune in to see the epic conclusion when Dexter season 8 premieres June 30, 2013 on Showtime.
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Last week, fans got to feast their eyes on the latest True Blood season 6 trailer, which promised a human uprising against the creatures of Bon Temps. It certainly seems like the pace and the action will pick up as the battle ensues, which may simplify some of the character relationships and replace some of the more soapy storylines that the series has been known for at times.
Of course, there are still plenty of unanswered questions – many of which surround the mysterious half-vampire, half-fairy Warlow – and these new photos may not answer them, but at least the serve the purpose of whetting fans insatiable appetites for everything True Blood.
Sink your teeth into True Blood season 6 when it premieres on June 16, 2013 on HBO.
MacFarlane, who is best known for writing, producing, directing and providing voices for his own animated shows, will be making his first guest voice appearance on FOX’s other hugely successful and long-running animated series. MacFarlane is set to voice a charming married man named Ben, whom Marge inadvertently meets on a swingers’ website. In the episode, Ben’s wife will be voiced by stand-up comedian Lisa Lampanelli.
Considering MacFarlane works for the same network and has cited The Simpsons as an inspiration, it may seem surprising that he’s never crossed over as a guest star before. The most likely reason he hasn’t is simply how busy he is. Of course, MacFarlane is still heavily involved with Family Guy, American Dad and was devoting plenty of time to The Cleveland Show as well before it got cancelled this year. In the past couple of years, he’s also launched a feature film career with Ted and the upcoming A Million Ways to Die in the West.
The Simpsons season 24 finale airs tonight @8pm on FOX.
Syfy has ordered a second season of its popular and critically-acclaimed new series, Defiance.
After seeing Defiance quickly become the network’s number one show, Syfy unsurprisingly ordered season 2, which will consist of 13 episodes. Production on season 2 is slated to begin in August with a 2014 premiere date.
Set on an exotically-transformed future Earth with seven unique alien races, it was apparent that the network put a lot of faith (and money) into the show’s first season, but after a scoring the second largest premiere in network history, it appeared that investment had paid off. Ratings have held strong and reviews have praised the show’s originality and character stories.
The ambitious series also became the first show to ever launch a video game tie-in, which has also proved successful. More than one million people registered accounts with the MMO computer game and will continue to affect the world of Defiance in season 2. We’ll have to see if more television shows, namely sci-fi shows try this approach to better connect their audience with the worlds they create.
Check out Defiance every Monday @9pm on Syfy and look for season 2 sometime next year.
Showtime’s hit series Homeland has turned two of its popular season 2 guest stars into series regulars for season 3, adding F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, Finding Forrester) and Sarita Choudhury (Lady in the Water) to the permanent roster.
After Homeland‘s fictional CIA lost several of its agents last season, producers were looking to add more cast members and decided to promote from within, bumping Abraham and Choudhury up to full-time duty. Both actors’ characters have ties to Mandy Patinkin’s Saul, as Abraham plays Dar Adal, a retired black-ops specialist – who may be coming out of retirement now – and Choudhury plays Saul’s estranged wife Mira.
While Homeland season 2 wasn’t as strongly received as season 1, Patinkin’s character remained one of the series’ highlights. So, surrounding him with new characters that will keep him busy and onscreen more seems like a good idea.
Look for Homeland season 3 when it returns to Showtime on September 29, 2013.
It’s safe to say, many didn’t expect USA’s spy dramedy to last this long from the outset, but that doesn’t mean its loyal following won’t be saddened by its exit. Still, with 13 episodes remaining, those fans will have something to look forward to as the series crosses the 100-episode mark during its final run. Here’s what network co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber had to say regarding the show’s seventh and final season:
From day one, Burn Notice‘s characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a massive audience, and this final season will raise the stakes even higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale.
Though the show is ending later this year, it sounds like longtime fans will be treated to an exciting and fitting sendoff.
Tune in to the final season of Burn Notice when it kicks off June 6, 2013 on USA.
Source: TV Line