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One benefit of writers strike: ‘Dexter’ comes to network TV



Published: Thu, February 14, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

The series is about about a vigilante serial killer.

By RICK BENTLEY

FRESNO (CALIF.) BEE

The silver lining of the long writers strike comes shining through Sunday night on CBS (10 p.m.). That’s when the edited versions of the Showtime series “Dexter” makes the leap to network television.

“Dexter” is the story of a serial killer, played by Michael C. Hall, who also works for the Miami police department. He’s a forensic expert in blood. Dexter is able to handle both jobs because he does not have the capacity to feel emotions.

So as not to stand out from normal people, Dexter pretends to have feelings. He’s even created a relationship with a woman (Julie Benz) who is messed up, too. But there have been a few moments when it looked like real emotions were about to come through.

“I think, what’s, in part, fun about playing him and watching him is watching that get tested,” Hall says. “I mean, I guess when we meet him, he’s constructed a lot of things for himself. His work life, his relationships — to his girlfriend and her family, to his sister, to his colleagues.

“It’s only when those things that he’s pragmatically, methodically constructed for himself start to crumble that he has no choice but to respond in a way that elicits what he may not admit is evidence of a real emotional connection.”

The 12 episodes that will be shown by CBS have Dexter on the trail of the Ice Truck Killer. The search becomes personal.

With two seasons of the series under his belt, Hall is now getting recognized more for “Dexter” than his previous series, the acclaimed “Six Feet Under.” He says most people are supportive of the show.

“They express a sense of maybe guilt over their affection for the character or that it does create in them a sense of ‘Oh, boy, I find myself identifying with your character, and that makes me feel kind of funny. But I really like him.’ I think that’s great,” Hall says. “That’s what the show sort of aspires to do.”


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