‘Dexter’ Star Joins Desperate Houswives; ‘Southland’ Star Joins True Blood

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:23 am,

Julie Benz Dexter Star Joins Desperate Houswives; Southland Star Joins True Blood


Got some TV news updates about some of your favorite small screen stars who for will be shifting shows this year:

First we have word that Dexter star Julie Benz will be joining up with another bunch of psychotics – ones with much better wardrobes. Also, we have word that a star of the recently resurrected Southland will also be finding new life amongst the freaks of True Blood.


Julie Benz has been a fan-favorite as the love-interest of serial killer-killer Dexter, but [SPOILER ALERT] after her character Rita’s shocking murder at the end of the season 4 finale, people have been wondering where Benz will next appear onscreen [END SPOILERS].

The answer: Wisteria Lane.

That’s right, Julie Benz will have a reoccurring role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Benz will play a stripper who has a master’s degree in education (don’t they all icon razz Dexter Star Joins Desperate Houswives; Southland Star Joins True Blood ) and gets a chance at the straight and narrow life when Susan (Teri Hatcher) tries to “save” her. Although, getting involved with the girls of Wisteria lane is rarely a good idea…



kevinalejandro Dexter Star Joins Desperate Houswives; Southland Star Joins True BloodWe’ve been reporting on True Blood season 3 casting news non-stop in recent weeks, and now we have another name to add to the list. Kevin Alejandro (of Southland fame) will be joining the inhabitants of Bon Temps, playing Jesus, a Latino nursing home orderly charged with caring for Ruby Jean Reynolds, the mother of fan-favorite Lafayette Reynolds.

Sparks will reportedly fly between Jesus and Lafayette – we’ll see how momma Reynolds (who will be played – ironically enough – by Desperate Housewives alum Alfre Woodard) handles the situation.

No worries though, Southland fans, Alejandro isn’t leaving the show – the respective shooting schedules are allowing him to do some double-duty acting.

That’s it for TV news. Check back with you soon.

Sources: THR & Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Oh I’m glad she’s done on Dexter. I never could stand her,,, glad she’s moving on to a show I don’t care about, wheeew.


  2. The mention of her “shocking death” appears before the jump.

  3. Oh man? Thanks for the Dexter spoiler. Crap – that was not nice.

  4. Glad to hear Julie has a new gig.


    Sorry for that stupid spoiler!

    I fixed the opening soon as I saw that. Dammit.

    Apologize profusely.

  6. Julie’s a good actress, but I think she was trapped in a role (on Dexter) that had jumped the shark by the end of Season 2.
    Dexter being a single father now is going to be a big drag on new plotlines, but that’s beside the point of this news.

    I don’t much like Desperate Housewives, but it’s good for actors to keep changing it up. Good for her.