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Showtime's 'Dexter' on fire

19 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A pair of cable series -- Showtime's Dexter and VH1's I Love New York 2 -- ended their seasons in a big way this week.

Elsewhere in TV ratings news, NBC's Clash of the Choirs struck a sour note and ABC's Duel was outdueled in their respective premieres Monday.

Dexter, which continues to be Showtime's most-watched original series, drew 1.4 million total viewers to its second-season finale at 9 p.m. Sunday, making it the drama's most-watched episode ever, according to Nielsen Media Research. The tally represents a 14% improvement over the first-season finale, which averaged 1.2 million in December 2006.

A repeat airing at 10 p.m. averaged 382,000 viewers. That's up from the same-night Season 1 repeat (148,000), though that episode aired at midnight.

When factoring in DVR-playback data, Dexter is averaging 2.4 million viewers on a weekly basis through 11 full weeks, outperforming Season 1 (2 million) by 21%.

Although Showtime has not made any announcement, Dexter is expected to be picked up for a third season. »

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'Savages,' 'Wild,' 'Blood' make AFI top 10

17 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lending its imprimatur to the tradition of the year-end 10-best list on Sunday, the American Film Institute announced its eighth annual list of the 10 most outstanding motion pictures and TV programs of 2007.

The films earning the AFI's seal of approval are Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Into the Wild, Juno, Knocked Up, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, Ratatouille, The Savages and There Will Be Blood.

The awards are reserved for narrative features with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States, although the films need not be presented in English as was the case with the French-language Diving Bell.

The designated TV programs are Dexter, Everybody Hates Chris, Friday Night Lights, Longford, Mad Men, Pushing Daisies, The Sopranos, Tell Me You Love Me, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty. Dexter and Friday Night Lights also earned a spot on the AFI's 2006 list.

The awards, which will be officially presented at a luncheon on Jan. 11 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, recognize the entire creative ensemble behind each film or TV show.

For the second consecutive year, Hewlett-Packard, which sponsors the awards, has created 20 scholarships, one for each honoree, to the AFI Conservatory. »

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TV Nominations for WGA Awards Announced

14 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Sopranos, The Office and The Wire are among the TV shows nominated for honors at the 60th Writers Guild Of America (WGA) Awards. The Sopranos, The Wire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights and Mad Men will fight it out for Best Dramatic Series. The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, 30 Rock and Flight Of The Conchords all secured nominations for Best Comedy Series. The awards ceremony takes place on February 9 with simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Union bosses insist the current WGA strike won't affect the event.

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HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms

13 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO led all TV networks in attracting nominations in the 60th anniversary WGA Awards, fetching two noms for dramatic series writing and three for comedy series writing.

In the dramatic series category, HBO's The Sopranos and The Wire are joined by Showtime's Dexter, NBC's Friday Night Lights and AMC's Mad Men.

In the comedy series category, HBO attracted noms for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and Flight of the Conchords. Also nominated in the category are NBC's The Office and 30 Rock.

Conchords also attracted a nom in the category of new TV series, where it joins Mad Men, FX's Damages, ABC's Pushing Daisies and Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program.

The WGA's recent news releases have dealt almost solely with its ongoing strike against some of the same companies figuring in the WGA Awards. The guild had planned to release its TV and radio noms today but released the information late Wednesday without previous notice.

"In order to maximize press coverage for the 2008 Writers Guild Awards as well as not compete with Golden Globes' nominees ... we made the decision to go out a day earlier than previously announced," WGA West spokesman Gregg Mitchell said.

Globe noms were released this morning.

The WGA Awards are set for Feb. 9, with simultaneous ceremonies planned at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre in New York.

A complete list of TV and radio nominees follows:

TELEVISION NOMINEES

DRAMATIC SERIES

DEXTER, Written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Drew Z. Greenberg, Lauren Gussis, Kevin Maynard, Clyde Phillips, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattman; Showtime

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Andy Miller, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC

MAD MEN, Written by Lisa Albert, Bridget Bedard, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Tom Palmer, Chris Provenzano, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC

THE SOPRANOS, Written by David Chase, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Matthew Weiner, Terence Winter; HBO

THE WIRE, Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon, William F. Zorzi; HBO

COMEDY SERIES

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, Written by Larry David; HBO

ENTOURAGE, Written by Marc Abrams, Lisa Alden, Michael Benson, Brian Burns, Doug Ellin, Alex Gansa, Tim Griffin, Dusty Kay, Stephen Levinson, Ally Musika, Wes Nickerson, Rob Weiss; HBO

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, Written by Damon Beesley, James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Eric Kaplan, Bret McKenzie, Iain Morris, Duncan Sarkies, Paul Simms, Taika Waititi; HBO

THE OFFICE, Written by Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Farrell, Brent Forrester, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Caroline Williams, Larry Wilmore: NBC

30 ROCK, Written by Brett Baer, Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Dave Finkel, Daisy Gardner, Donald Glover, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC

NEW SERIES

DAMAGES, Written by Jeremy Doner, Mark Fish, Davey Holmes, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Willie Reale, Adam Stein, Aaron Zelman, Daniel Zelman, FX

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, Written by Damon Beesley, James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Eric Kaplan, Bret McKenzie, Iain Morris, Duncan Sarkies, Paul Simms, Taika Waititi; HBO

MAD MEN, Written by Lisa Albert, Bridget Bedard, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Tom Palmer, Chris Provenzano, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC

PUSHING DAISIES, Written by Chad Gomez Creasey, Dara Resnik Creasey, Bryan Fuller, Abby Gewanter, Jim Danger Gray, Lisa Joy, Kath Lingenfelter, Rina Mimoun, Jack Monaco, Scott Nimerfro, Peter Ocko; ABC

THE Sarah Silverman PROGRAM, Written by Dan Fybel, Rich Rinaldi, Rob Schrab, Jon Schroeder, Sarah Silverman, Dan Sterling, Harris Wittels; Comedy Central

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CBS repurpose plan irks PTC

6 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Conservative watch group Parents Television Council on Wednesday denounced CBS' plan to repurpose Dexter and other scripted series from corporate sibling Showtime.

"These Showtime programs feature some of the most extremely graphic content anywhere on television -- cable or broadcast," PTC president Tim Winter said. "We felt an urgency to make them know that if they want to put some of the most heinous examples of explicit content from cable on broadcast television, they have to be held accountable."

With the networks running out of original scripted programming because of the writers strike, CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves said during an investor conference Tuesday that the network plans to air edited versions of some Showtime series, including the racy hit serial killer drama Dexter.

No decision has been made yet on which other Showtime shows besides Dexter will make the leap to CBS and a timetable for that.

Winter urged CBS to "reconsider this act of corporate desperation" and threatened to "take action" if the network proceeds with its repurposing plan. »

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Showtime's 'Dexter' to Eye net

5 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

STRIKE ZONE: LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES

UPDATED 9:43 p.m. PT Dec. 5, 2007

Related story: CBS repurpose plan irks PTC

As the writers strike enters its second month with no end in sight, repurposing cable series on broadcast networks is becoming a reality.

CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves said Tuesday that CBS plans to repurpose some Showtime series, including the breakout hit "Dexter".

Additionally, NBC is said to have expressed interest in running USA's hip new action drama "Burn Notice".

" 'Dexter' is probably the first one to go on -- with some edits," Moon?ves told reporters at the annual UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York. "It fits with our crime shows".

The edgy, offbeat "Dexter", which has become a critical and ratings success for Showtime, stars Michael C. Hall as a Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer.

CBS, of course, is the leader in the forensic crime drama genre with the "CSI" franchise.

Moonves didn't specify when "Dexter" would launch on CBS beyond saying it should come "in the near future."

Now in its second season on Showtime, "Dexter" has broken ratings records for the premium cable network. Its Nov. 18 episode ranked as the most-watched in Showtime history.

In addition to "Dexter", CBS also is considering Showtime's racy period drama "The Tudors", which originally was developed for CBS, and the critically praised dark comedy "Weeds", about a marijuana-peddling soccer mom. However, both would need heavy editing to make it to broadcast primetime.

CBS chief research officer David Poltrack said after Moonves' presentation at the conference that it was hard to forecast how well Showtime's programming would do on the broadcast network, particularly because of what would have to be edited. »

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NBC Uni brings Sci Fi, Universal to Poland

27 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- NBC Universal has extended its Polish footprint with the launch of fully localized versions of the Sci Fi and Universal channels to 200,000 digital homes on the year-old digital DTH platform n, part of the ITI group, it was announced Monday.

The channels will air sci-fi, drama, entertainment and blockbuster movies to one of the most crowded television markets in Eastern Europe, debuting such shows as Dexter, Flash Gordon, Brotherhood and Cane as well as movies including Bean, Apollo 13 and Waterworld.

"We're thrilled to be establishing Sci Fi and Universal Channel in a market as significant as Poland," said Roma Khanna, president of NBC Universal global networks and digital initiatives. "These strategic launches underscore our expansion plans and the global popularity of our brands." »

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'Dexter' numbers hurt so good

21 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dexter broke Showtime records Sunday.

The serial killer drama starring Michael C. Hall drew 1.23 million viewers at 9 p.m. and a total of 1.63 million for the 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. runs.

This marks the most-watched episode ever for a Showtime series, with the 1.23 million single-airing haul surpassing the previous record of Soul Food, which drew 1.21 million in 2004.

Sunday night's episode of Dexter also grew an impressive 41% from the previous week.

Dexter's surge also lifted its lead-out series, the sophomore drama Brotherhood, which averaged 651,000 viewers at 10 p.m. and another 110,000 at midnight -- the largest audience ever for the critically praised series and up 47% from the previous week. »

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Where Are They Now? Green Room Chatter for November 16, 2007

16 November 2007 9:09 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As the writers strike heads into its second week, production is slowing down but casting is going pretty strong. What are the stars of past TV shows up to? Read on...

Sasha Alexander (Dawson's Creek) and Danny Masterson (That 70's Show) have been added to the cast of Jim Carrey's upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Yes Man. Alexander will play "Lucy" while Masterson will play Carrey's best friend. Masterson can next be seen in Gregg Araki's Smiley Face alongside Adam Brody (The O.C.), John Krasinski (The Office), Marion Ross (Happy Days), and the late Roscoe Lee Browne (Soap).

Derek Magyar (Star Trek: Enterprise) is currently shooting an episode of Courteney Cox's Dirt series. No word on when the episode will air.

Julie Benz (Angel) is currently in Montreal shooting the comic book-based sequel The Punisher: War Zone. Aside from her ongoing role on Showtime's Dexter series, you'll be »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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HBO, ABC top PGA Award nominations

15 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO and ABC drew four nominations apiece as the Producers Guild of America on Wednesday announced TV series noms for its 2008 PGA Awards.

NBC attracted three nominations, and CBS, Fox, Bravo and Discovery Channel received two apiece. Showtime and Comedy Central each drew one nom.

In the category of episodic TV comedy, the nominees are Entourage (HBO), Extras (HBO), The Office (NBC), 30 Rock (NBC) and Ugly Betty (ABC).

In episodic TV drama: Dexter (Showtime), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Heroes (NBC), House (Fox), Lost (ABC) and The Sopranos (HBO).

In nonfiction TV: Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo), Planet Earth (Discovery) and 60 Minutes (CBS).

In live entertainment/competition: The Amazing Race (CBS), American Idol (Fox), The Colbert Report (Comedy Central), Project Runway (Bravo) and Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO).

The PGA Awards will be held Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton.

The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award In Episodic Television -- Comedy

Entourage, HBO

Extras, HBO

The Office, NBC

30 Rock, NBC

Ugly Betty, ABC

The Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television -- Drama

Dexter, Showtime

Grey's Anatomy, ABC

Heroes, NBC

House, Fox

Lost, ABC

The Sopranos, HBO

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television

The Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC

"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," Bravo

Planet Earth, Discovery Channel

60 Minutes, CBS

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Live Entertainment/Competition

The Amazing Race, CBS

American Idol, Fox

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

Project Runway, Bravo

Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO »

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Screen Gems locks in 3 for 'Quarantined'

9 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter and Columbus Short are starring in Quarantined, a remake of the Spanish horror movie Rec that John Erick Dowdle is directing for Screen Gems.

Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment are producing along with Sergio Aguero.

Johnathon Schaech and Steve Harris also have been cast.

Quarantined centers on a downtown Los Angeles apartment building where a deadly strain of rabies breaks out. A reporter and her cameraman are among those trapped inside when the edifice and its residents are quarantined. Dowdle penned the screenplay with his brother Drew.

Showing just how fast Hollywood can remake a movie, Quarantine is a redo of movie that has yet to be released. Rec, by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, opens Nov. 23 in Spain.

Production begins today in Los Angeles.

Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper and senior vp production Eric Paquette are overseeing the project.

Julio and Carlos Fernandez executive produce.

Endeavor-repped Carpenter (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) stars on Showtime's Dexter.

CAA-repped Hernandez's credits include Hostel and ABC's Six Degrees.

Short starred in Screen Gems' Stomp the Yard and next appears in the company's This Christmas. He is repped by CAA. »

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'Dexter' dips, still bloody good

10 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime's "Dexter" saw a slight drop in viewers after its record-setting sophomore-season premiere, while "Brotherhood" notched a big jump Sunday night.

Elsewhere in cable ratings news, VH1's "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels" reunion special and Nickelodeon's "The Naked Brothers Band" one-hour movie drew almost 4 million viewers apiece, according to Nielsen Media Research.

"Dexter" averaged 889,000 viewers at 9 p.m. Sunday, off 12% from last week's second-season premiere (1 million), which set records as the most-watched season premiere of a Showtime series.

There was good news for the sophomore drama "Brotherhood", which likely was hurt last week by a seven-minute promo that aired after its "Dexter" lead-in. The drama averaged 517,000 viewers at 10 p.m., a 39% jump from last week's 371,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, the "Rock of Love" reunion -- during which it was revealed that Michaels' final choice, Jes, was not his love match -- averaged 3.9 million viewers at 8 p.m. Sunday night. The season finale, which aired Sept. 30, averaged 5.4 million total viewers. »

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Showtime writes Rx for 'Effects'

5 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime has given a pilot order to the Tim Robbins drama Possible Side Effects.

Robbins wrote and will direct the pilot of the hourlong project, which centers on a family that runs a pharmaceutical company. He also is executive producing with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Daniel Thomas but will not be starring.

In addition to exploring the relationships of the dysfunctional family at the center of the drama, the project will examine the political, scientific and bureaucratic machinery that makes up the pharmaceutical industry.

Effects joins another pilot at Showtime, The United States of Tara. The single-camera comedy, from Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, centers on a mother with multiple-personality syndrome. It was picked up in July.

It's understood that Showtime Networks president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt is looking over other pilot possibilities in addition to the two already ordered.

Showtime is gaining buzz in the drama arena with shows like Dexter. The series, starring Michael C. Hall, broke a record for the network with its second-season bow Sunday, averaging more than 1 million viewers -- a first for a Showtime season premiere. »

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'Dexter' bow finds blood brothers

3 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"Dexter" killed for Showtime in its second-season premiere.

More than 1 million total viewers tuned in to the drama series -- which stars Michael C. Hall as a likable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer -- at 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That marks the first time on record that the season premiere of a Showtime series has broken the million-viewer mark for a single run (Nielsen didn't begin reporting Showtime ratings separate from Showtime Plex until 2004).

That figure also represents a 67% increase over the Oct. 1, 2006, series premiere (603,000 viewers) and is nearly on par with the first-season finale in December (1.1 million), which aired at 10 p.m. This season, "Dexter" has moved to 9 p.m., where it airs opposite shows including ABC's "Desperate Housewives".

Showtime has been putting a lot of promotional muscle behind "Dexter" ahead of its second-season bow -- including turning the water red in fountains nationwide. »

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Benedicto likes the feel of 'Cashmere'

1 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lourdes Benedicto is set to recur on ABC's new drama Cashmere Mafia, while C.S. Lee has landed a recurring role on another freshman one-hour series, NBC's Chuck.

On Cashmere, from Sony Pictures TV, Benedicto will play Caitlin Dowd's (Bonnie Somerville) hot lesbian love interest.

Benedicto, who co-starred on ABC's The Nine, is repped by Paradigm and Bob McGowan of McGowan Management.

On the Warner Bros. TV-produced Chuck, Lee will play Harry Tang, an Internet store employee.

Lee, who co-stars on Showtime's Dexter as wisecracking forensic expert Vince Masuka, is repped by Stone Manners and McGowan Management. »

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'Heroes' and 'Sopranos' Scoop TV Critics Awards

24 July 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The U.S. Television Critics Association has named fantasy superhero drama Heroes its TV program of the year. Other winners at an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday were American football drama Friday Night Lights - which scooped the Outstanding New Show prize and the U.S. version of the The Office, which won Best Comedy. The full list of winners is as follows: Program Of The Year: Heroes; Outstanding New Program: Friday Night Lights; Outstanding Achievement In Drama: The Sopranos; Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: The Office; Outstanding Achievement In News & Information: Planet Earth; Outstanding Achievement In Children's Programming: Kyle XY; Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Mini-Series & Specials: Planet Earth; Individual Achievement In Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Individual Achievement In Drama: Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Heritage Award: The Sopranos; Career Achievement: Mary Tyler Moore. »

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TCA picks: 'Heroes,' 'Lights,' 'Office'

22 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC walked away with four key trophies at the TCA Awards on Saturday, including outstanding program of the year honors going to its freshman hit "Heroes".

Another NBC rookie, "Friday Night Lights", took home outstanding new program, while "The Office" grabbed outstanding achievement in comedy for the second consecutive year. Alec Baldwin won the peacock's fourth trophy for individual achievement in comedy.

"The Sopranos" also had a strong showing at the TCA Awards, which was held by the Television Critics Assn. at the Beverly Hilton. The HBO series was awarded outstanding achievement in drama and the Heritage Awards, which salutes long-running programs with "a lasting cultural or social impact."

Another multiple winner was Discovery Networks' "Planet Earth", which nabbed outstanding achievement in news and information and outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials.

Among the other night's individual winners were "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall for individual achievement in drama and career achievement honoree Mary Tyler Moore. »

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Emmy list goes primetime early

3 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

An online leak about the Primetime Emmy Award finalists in the comedy and drama series categories raised questions Monday about the security and future of the Emmy voting process.

When TheEnvelope.com posted the list of the top 10 finalists in each category during the weekend, citing multiple judges who were screening the series as sources, it also shed light into this year's voting process.

According to the site, the drama finalists are ABC's Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy and Lost; NBC's Friday Night Lights and Heroes; Fox's House and 24; Showtime's Dexter; and HBO's Rome and The Sopranos. The comedy finalists, according to the site, are ABC's Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty; NBC's My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs and 30 Rock; CBS' Two and a Half Men; HBO's Entourage and Extras; and Showtime's Weeds.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which oversees the Primetime Emmy Awards, declined comment on the accuracy of the lists.

It is unclear whether ATAS is planning to launch an investigation into the sources of the leak. But in a statement, the academy pointed out that all Emmy judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. »

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Arcs align for Williams, Hutton

26 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

JoBeth Williams has been tapped to do a multiepisode arc on Showtime's drama Dexter, while Lauren Hutton is set to do the same on FX's Nip/Tuck.

Dexter, which returns for a second season Sept. 30, centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a likable Miami police forensics expert who is also a serial killer. In four episodes, Williams will play the mother of Dexter's girlfriend, Rita Bennett (Julie Benz), and she is not fooled by his boyish charm.

Williams, who recently appeared in the feature In the Land of Women, next appears in the CBS telefilm Sybil opposite Jessica Lange and Tammy Blanchard.

"Nip/Tuck's" upcoming fifth season centers on Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) as they try to rebuild their plastic surgery practice, McNamara/Troy, in Los Angeles. In at least three episodes, model-turned-actress Hutton will play a Hollywood publicist who will bring her star client to McNamara/Troy to get work done. »

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'Hustle' star lured to 'Dexter' role

15 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hustle co-star Jaime Murray has been tapped for a major recurring role on Showtime's Dexter, which kicks off its second season Sept. 30.

Murray will portray Lila, an artist and former addict who becomes a close ally and friend to Dexter (Michael C. Hall), a likable Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer of criminals. Lila is described as wild, unconventional, smart and daring and someone who plays by her own rules.

Murray will appear in 10 of the 12 episodes in Dexter's second season.

For Dexter's upcoming season, the series will be partnered with fellow drama Brotherhood. Dexter, the network's top-rated drama series, will air at 9 p.m. Sundays, serving as a lead-in to Brotherhood at 10 p.m.

The scheduling is part of a new Showtime strategy to build on the past year's momentum by using its top-rated series as lead-ins. Similarly, the network's top-rated comedy series, Weeds, will serve as a lead-in to the new comedy Californication, starring David Duchovny, when it returns for its third season Aug. »

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