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And the nominees are…

Congrats to Friday Night Lights. The drama, whose final episode airs Friday July 15, was nominated for Outstanding Drama, along with ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Mad Men’, ‘Dexter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’. For ‘FNL’, this is the show’s 10th Emmy nomination overall. It’s only win was for Outstanding Casting in 2007.

Also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series are Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton as Eric and Tami Taylor.

Chandler, who plays East Dillon High School football Coach Eric Taylor, is up against Michael C. Hall of ‘Dexter’, Steve Buscemi of ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Jon Hamm of ‘Mad Men’, Hugh Laurie of ‘House’ and Timothy Olyphant of ‘Justified’. This is Chandler’s third nomination.

Britton faces some formidable competition, as well. Elisabeth Moss of ‘Mad Men’, Mariska Hargitay of ‘Law and Order SVU’, Mireille Enos of ‘The Killing’ and Julianna Margulies in ‘The Good Wife’ round out the nominees. This is Britton’s second nomination.

Overall, ‘Mad Men’ led with 19 nominations, followed closely by ‘Boardwalk Empire’ with 18. ‘Modern Family’ led sitcoms with 17.

The Emmy’s air Sunday, September 18th on FOX.

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Sometimes life should not imitate art

A 21-year-old Minnesota man who says he was inspired by Dexter to become a well-known serial killer has been ruled mentally ill and ordered to undergo psychiatric care. Andrew Busskohl targeted people he believed to have committed crimes but escaped punishment and plotted their murders, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Busskohl was convicted in June 2009 for plotting to kill and dismember his neighbor. He also reportedly picked names from the phone book and plotted to kill them. “This is a 21-year-old kid who scares us all,” Washington County attorney Peter Orput told the newspaper. Note to anyone else inspired by Dexter: Please seek help. Seriously.



Julie Benz (and the shirt) in "Road Kill"

The death of Rita sent shockwaves through Dexter fandom, but the character’s wardrobe lives on! Fans have the opportunity to own the tank top (and apron) Julie Benz (who has also starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and No Ordinary Family) wore in the 2009 episode “Road Kill” – a phenomenal episode in which Dexter goes for a ride with Trinity and learns more than he could have imagined from the monster. Meanwhile, as Rita is safe at home taking care of baby Harrison – for now. Make your bid for this piece of Dexter here.



“Glee dominated the People’s Choice Awards ceremony on January 5, winning “Favorite TV Comedy” and Jane Lynch was awarded “Favorite TV Comedy Actress.” “I am so proud to be a part of this show, and I am so thrilled that all of you kids out there are now raising your voice in song because you’ve been inspired by these kids – my little Gleesters,” Lynch said. “Dexter” was named “Favorite TV Obsession” – unfortunately, the category wasn’t televised.



The best of 2010

Add The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and St. Louis Post-Dispatch among the media outlets proclaiming “Mad Men” as the best show on television in 2010. The Plain Dealer TV critic Mark Dawidziak ranked “Mad Men” the best drama of 2010, noting “No other series digs quite so deeply or provocatively into the American psyche and culture.” Post-Dispatch critic Gail Pennington called “Mad Men” the hour of television that I find closest to perfection: intelligent, always involving and continually surprising.”

Among dramas, The Plain Dealer ranked “Dexter” fourth (“Topping last season’s serial killer showdown between Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Mitchell (former Akronite John Lithgow) was not an option. But producers came up with a fifth season that was every bit as engrossing and brilliant”) and “Breaking Bad” seventh ([“Bryan Cranston’s] portrayal of Walter White, the mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned drug dealer, is as disturbingly mesmerizing as ever). The Post-Dispatch called “Breaking Bad,” which it ranked second, “darkly comic and deeply tragic.”

Time for you to sound off – what are your picks for the best series of 2010?



The "Breaking bad" episode "I See You" is one of TV's best

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) released its nominees for the 2011 WGA TV Awards, and “Breaking Bad” is leading the pack of top television dramas. Nominated alongside “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Friday Night Lights” for Outstanding Drama Series, “Breaking Bad” also had two episodes nominated in the Episodic Drama category: “I.F.T.” and “I See You.” The “Man Men” episode “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” was also singled out in the category. VIP fan fave “Glee” was nominated as Outstanding Comedy Series (its competition is “The Office,” “30 Rock ,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Modern Family”). The winners will be announced Feb. 5.



Coming back for more

“Dexter” has been renewed by Showtime for a sixth season! With strong ratings heading into its fifth season finale, the hit series will return next year. “To grow its audience so significantly in its fifth season is an enormous accomplishment by this amazing cast and crew,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “This is the easiest decision I’ve made since I got to Showtime.” According to E! online’s Kristin Dos Santos, though no official announcement has been made. E! says the renewal is for one year, though it will “not be billed as the final season.” Apparently, once contracts with key cast members are worked out, a seventh season of the hit series is likely. Production on Season 6 begins in the spring. Stay tuned!



Courtney Ford with Matthew Davis (Alaric) on The Vampire Diaries

Courtney Ford, who played Christine Hill on “Dexter” last year and recently appeared as grad student Vanessa Monroe on “The Vampire Diaries,” has joined the cast of HBO’s “True Blood.” According to, the actress will play Portia Bellefleur, a lawyer who also happens to be the sister of Bon Temps’ hapless police chief. In the novels on which “True Blood” is based, the character’s presence has an immediate impact on the relationship between Vampire Bill Compton and Sookie Stackhouse.



Carlo Settecase, a 21-year-old Chicago-area Nordstrom employee who allegedly stole more than $20,000 in merchandise from the store, blamed his television habits for making him think he could get away with it. According to the Pioneer Press, Settecase told police that watching characters on Breaking Bad, Dexter and The Sopranos get away with various crimes inspired him to hatch his plan of placing items into a mail tote, dropping the tote in the mail room, and then taking the merchandise from the mail room the next day. Settecase was ultimately caught on surveillance camera. Perhaps he should add Punk’d reruns and Law & Order to his TiVo season pass.



Michael C. Hall in Dexter

The fifth season premiere of Dexter ranked as Showtime’s most highly rated season premiere in 15 years. The Los Angeles Times reports that 1.8 million people tuned in for the premiere, and another 575,000 watched the rebroadcast for a same-night total of 2.3 million viewers. Undoubtedly, fans were eager to see how Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall) would deal with the murder of his wife, Rita, the ramifications of which will be felt throughout the season. “Basically he’s got an appetite for vengeance that can’t be quenched…” Hall told TV Guide. “He’s got to sift through and reassemble the wreckage that the murder of his wife has created. He is acting, initially, from a state of shock, and then certainly from an impulsive place. I don’t think he’s able to put it all together. I think Dexter will come to appreciate what has been unconsciously motivating him in a conscious way. He really does crave some way to atone for what’s happened, even though he doesn’t maybe consciously know that, and even if he does, he doesn’t know how to do it.”