TV News Wrap Up: April 28, 2013 – ‘Dexter,’ ‘Hemlock Grove’ & More

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 28th, 2013 at 2:33 pm,

This Week in TV: 

We get a glimpse of Dexter season 8 via a preview clip and learn that a spin-off is possible; hear that Hemlock Grove attracted more viewers than House of Cards in its first few days on Netflix; learn that Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna is supremely confident that the series will be renewed for season 9; discover that Yahoo! has acquired rights to the Saturday Night Live archives for exclusive online viewing; and E! is developing a spin-off of The Soup titled The Soup Investigates.

With Dexter entering its eighth and final season this summer, longtime fans know the end is nigh, but based on what we’ve seen and heard, the Showtime series will almost definitely go out with a bang. And it might even get a spin-off!

While speaking with Deadline earlier this week, Showtime president David Nevins revealed that a Dexter spin-off is a possibility, but it’s not something the network is actively thinking about yet. Although the mere possibility of a spin-off is intriguing and raises all kinds of questions, Nevins said the network’s current focus is on delivering a satisfying ending to the series and to the character of Dexter with the season 8 finale. Here’s more of what Nevins had to say:

“There are all sorts of possibilities. All kinds of ideas have been discussed but there is nothing happening right now. There are no plans to use any of the episodes in the upcoming season of ‘Dexter’ to set up a potential spinoff, and no ‘Dexter’ cast members have deals for potential off-shoot series. This season is about this season playing out the trajectory of the Dexter character.”

Viewers are certainly eager to see exactly where that trajectory goes after a shocking season 7 finale that left viewers with plenty of burning questions, like: Will Hannah be out for revenge or love? And after Dexter forced Deb to make a grave decision, how will it affect their relationship? In the above season 8 preview clip, we see that there’s an increased amount of tension between the two.

We won’t find out until Dexter season 8 premieres on June 30th on Showtime, but you can check out the preview clip above and the cast photo below to whet your appetite.


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Source: Deadline

Despite receiving mostly poor reviews, Hemlock Grove beat Netflix’s other original series, House of Cards, in early viewings, according to the streaming service.

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told analysts that the Eli Roth-produced horror mystery series attracted more subscribed viewers in its first couple days of availability compared to House of Cards. The numbers have the company excited about the future of original programming on the service, which Reed believes will provide “a very nice redefinition and broadening of what Netflix is.”

With Arrested Development season 4 debuting exclusively on Netflix next month, the company hopes viewers will begin to associate the streaming movie and TV service with original programming. Reed says Netflix will debut six or seven new original shows this year alone, a number which will increase next year.

Netflix has already undoubtedly changed the way we consume entertainment, but if its original shows draw more viewers away from network and cable television, we could see a major – albeit gradual – shift in how we get serialized content.

You can check out season 1 of House of Cards and season 1 of Hemlock Grove on Netflix now, but you’ll have to wait until May 26th to see the 15 brand new episodes of Arrested Development.

Source: Deadline

We’re still not sure if the May 22nd season 8 finale of Criminal Minds will mark the end of the series, but star Joe Mantegna is very confident that we’ll see season 9.

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While chatting with Zap2it, Mantegna let fans of the show know that he believes it will be renewed for a ninth season. Here’s what he had to say:

“We all feel very good, very confident about the Season 9 order that hasn’t come yet. I don’t even feel there’s any doubt that we’ll get picked up. I think it’s all been logistics, because so many contracts are up this season. Out of the seven actors, five of our contracts are up. And all of the writers’ contracts, and the show runner’s.

“This is the first time they’ve had to deal en masse with [renegotiating with] that many people. What’s going on now are the conversations between CBS and ABC, because our show is co-produced by those two networks. I think it’s, in a way, a matter of them ironing out who’s paying for what. I have every confidence they will, because every indication is that this show is a valuable commodity to both.”

Fans would certainly feel more at ease hearing this from a network executive, but who could question a venerable and talented thespian like Mantegna?

We’ll let you know when a report of a confirmed renewal or cancellation comes in, but until then, be sure to tune in to Criminal Minds every Wednesday @9pm on CBS.

Source: Zap2it

Yahoo! is looking to expand its premium comedy content and it landed a big partner this week in NBC Entertainment, which will allow the site to be the exclusive online home of the Saturday Night Live archives for one year.

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The archives include behind the scenes clips, musical performances and famous sketches from 1975-2013, which are currently available on Hulu, as well as other platforms, but the new deal will have that archival content removed from those platforms and promoted exclusively across Yahoo!’s network via a newly created hub. Current SNL season content will be available as well, but it will not be exclusive to Yahoo!

Yahoo! already has several original web series, including Burning Love and the upcoming Ghost Ghirls – which Jack Black was originally developing for Syfy – but the addition of the SNL archives is definitely a big notch in its comedy content belt.

We’re not exactly sure when Yahoo! will acquire the SNL archives, but we should find out this Monday, when Yahoo! holds its NewFront event in New York.

Source: Deadline

If you can’t get enough of E!’s popular comedy show The Soup, then you’re in luck because the network is developing  The Soup Investigates, a spin-off series designed to dig even deeper into the world of pop culture and reality shows.

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Joel McHale (Community) will once again host the show, and like The Soup, it will revel in skewering reality TV, but instead of relying solely on outrageous clips for laughs, The Soup Investigates team will find the answers to questions that viewers didn’t even know they had, like: How does that rose get from the grower’s field to The Bachelor‘s hand just in time for the all-important rose ceremony?

The show seems to have a Daily Show vibe going for it and with McHale leading the way, it could be a lot of fun.

We don’t have a premiere date yet for The Soup Investigates, but we’ll let you know as soon as one is announced.

Source: THR

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    • No, this is the Kevin Spacey show. You’re thinking about House of Games.

    • No that’s house of lies. House of cards is with Kevin Spacey.

      • Ahh, ok thanks. Yeah, hasn’t aired yet here then.

  1. Dexter should end. It becomes less and less likely with each season. I still cant get over a murder in an airport (post 9/11) and a murder at a gun range (let alone the security camera was in the shot).

    criminal minds has been letting me down lately but saying this soon there will not be another season is too soon. they should re do contracts this time with an end date in mind. write the conclusion into the show. (maybe thats who the team’s stalker is…) seriously though, the team stalker was such a good but bad plot device.

    may needs to hurry up so i can catch the misadventures of the bluth family.

    • I personally haven’t seen Dexter but I know a lot of people who say it started off good but lost its way during season 3 and others who hated it from the very beginning and can’t wait for it to end and be replaced by “better” shows (said in parenthesis because I can’t say whether their opinion is right or wrong having never seen it to have an opinion of my own).

      • I’ve personally liked Dexter all the way through. Some seasons were better than others, no doubt, but I never thought the show was bad. I think the majority opinion is that the show was great during its first two seasons, had a slow third season (I agree), an amazing fourth season, then went down in season 5, terrible in season 6 (I disagree), and then had a big comeback in season 7. Regardless I think people mainly just want it to end because of lack of believability that a serial killer can last this long, and because they feel there will be a drop in quality if it continues, despite a strong seventh season.

        Personally I would have been up for more seasons as long as the writers could continue to make quality storylines. However, since season 7 set up a path for it to end, I feel like dragging it out any longer than one more season now would be an ultimate cop out, so since they’re on the path I think it should just go out with one final bang. It’s been one of my favorite shows these past few years though.

        • I have something to say about that believability thing. A lot of serial killers are never caught or discovered. Also some of the serial killers who were caught they were active for years. So I don’t see a problem with how long Dexter can go without getting caught or discovered. I can only see the believability being what it is from other cop shows in that they portray the police catching the killer right away or only after a few kills. So it looks like those TV show’s have changed people’s views of serial killer and how long it is before they get caught.

          • I agree, but that seems to be the view most of the viewing audience holds. I definitely think the show has portrayed Dexter as a smart serial killer who knows what he’s doing enough, so I don’t see it as being unbelievable for him to never get caught. Even given the show’s current trajectory, I think big sh*t is gonna need to go down in order for him to get away with it, but that he could still pull it off.

  2. its sad that dexter is ending but end it when its still good. 3 good shows ending this year. Spartacus already ended, dexter and breaking bad are ending man this sucks.

  3. -points up to the last comment- Supernatural is still around. I mean it’s good seasons were 1-5 but I still watch even though it’s been lacking lately. Haven’t seen any of 8. To busy with work so I wait for my show’s to come out on bluray.

    I own
    Doctor who
    The Walking Dead
    and Supernatural.

    I sample here and there. I’m really digging , Bates motel right now.

    Still Haven’t watched Hemlock Grove or the Following yet.

    • You won’t be disappointed by The Following. I’m sad that the final episode airs tonight, it’s been a great show.

  4. I tried to watch House of Cards as I am a Kevin Spacey fan but I hate it when the actor talks to the camera. If not for that I would be watching.