SciFi Weekend: Dexter Spoilers; Matt Smith; Fringe; Sheldon With His Pants Down

The season finale for Dexter resulted in major changes for the show. One question I wondered about after the finale was whether they would pick up next season with Rita’s murder and deal with the immediate ramifications or jump ahead. Ausiello has some spoilers as to what will happen next season:

Season 5 will pick up right where season 4 left off.
“We have spent the last month sitting around, talking and really debating how best to deal with the aftermath of [Rita’s death]. We uniformly decided that we don’t want to jump ahead. We need to see Dexter go through the process that we’d all have to go through if such a horrible thing had happened to us. We need to see him doing everything from the big emotional things like grieving the loss, to the mundane things like arranging a funeral, getting the kids dressed, and all the other things that are usually done for men because their wives or mothers do them. They have no idea how to handle all of these things. As we saw, Rita was really the caretaker of their baby. It would be cheating the audience of their catharsis to not see Dexter go through that mourning period and see how it affects him or to not see him dealing with the blowback of what he essentially caused. So we will not jump to Harrison as a 5 year old yet.”

Season 5 may not feature a Trinity-esque villain.
“John Lithgow is a tough act to follow. If there was ever a year that we could take a step back from the Big Bad formula and go deeper into Dexter and his psychology, this would be that year. That said, Dexter has a dark passenger that won’t go away no matter how much he yearns to be normal. That rears up and needs to be dealt with. He may even dive deeper after this traumatic loss of Rita. We are working on a way that feels original and fresh and unique to what he has just gone through. It cannot be the way it has been before. In [Season 1], he was terrified of any kind of intimacy because intimacy equaled being discovered. Then he slowly realized he had a need to be known and he set up a family and tried the best he could to balance it all. And now, he sees what being known brings him and he had it ripped out from underneath him suddenly and that will have some affect on him.”

Dexter will remain single… for now.
“Anything is possible, but I don’t think Dexter will be in the mood for dating or love anytime soon. That’s not even on our radar right now. He very much loved Rita and they were in a good place right before she was killed so that wound will take quite some time to heal.”

Julie Benz has been doing well despite Rita’s fate. She is appearing on several episodes of Desperate Housewives as a stripper this season and has signed to play a fast woman in a pilot for next season. She will star in No Ordinary Family, a drama that about a family that suddenly develops special abilities. Her character will have super speed.

The Guardian interviewed Matt Smith about his staring role in Doctor Who:

He talks about how tough the work is, and the hours they have to put in. “By the end, we’ll be filming from 11pm till nine in the morning… then they need to shoot in the mornings because of the light. D’you know what? It is exhausting. We’ve been shooting for seven and a half months now, and the line-learning is quite immense for the Doctor because he’s in pretty much every scene, and he says the majority of stuff because his brain is the coolest and the biggest.” After filming, he does a couple of hours a night of revision, learning his lines. Is it worse than school? “No, because you’re the Doctor, so the payoff’s greater. It’s not like triple maths with Mr Humzinger. There’s not that much coffee breath.”

When he got the job, he had to keep it secret. He’d sit watching Doctor Who with his flatmate, desperate to tell him he was the new Time Lord and having to keep schtum. “It was a complete nightmare.” Eventually he told his father. “He was rather flabbergasted. When I told him, he laughed. He was excited, elated and very proud.”

It’s such a strange time in his life. A year ago, he was pretty much unknown – fans of the television series Party Animals, in which he played a parliamentary researcher, or those who had seen him at the Royal Court in That Face, playing the carer son of Lindsay Duncan’s alcoholic mother, might have been able to put a name to the face, but he hardly had a mass following. At Christmas, he made his first (and so far only) appearance as the Doctor, when David Tennant regenerated into him. Today, he can just about get away with walking around unbothered. In a few weeks, he will be a star, one of the most recognisable actors in the country. “There aren’t many jobs that change the fabric of your life in the same way – where you go from being a working actor who is pretty anonymous, to being thrust into what is one of the most popular shows, if not the most popular, in Britain.”

Is he nervous? Look, he says, it’s his job, he’s taking it all in his stride. Then he stops. Of course he’s nervous. “It’s unlike any job I’ll ever do because a) there’s so much that comes with it, b) there’s so much that is expected. I’d be lying if I said the first day I walked on the beach, where we filmed, and I saw the Tardis, and there were all these paparazzi there, and you’re going, what the hell is going on…?” In his rush to get the words out, he often forgets to finish sentences.

Has he sought the advice of former Doctors? He tells me he recently had lunch with Peter Davison, who told him simply to enjoy the ride. He also had a word with David Tennant. “I spoke briefly to David. He was just very lovely and gave me encouragement, but I think you have to cleave it out yourself. It’s your own journey.”

Surely it makes it that bit tougher when he’s following the most popular Doctor ever. “Yeah, yeah. I guess you’ve got to approach it with your own take or spin. No, spin is the wrong word. Identity. How can you not be aware of the rich heritage and legacy? Over Christmas it was everywhere. It was the big thing, David leaving the show. But it only intimidates you as much as you allow it to.”

Even before knowing if Fringe would be renewed, J.J. Abrams was promising that this season’s finale would top last season’s finale:

“I think the whole alternate-universe idea is at the core of what’s going to be happening,” Abrams said earlier this week. “Without giving anything away, I think that the ending of this second season is richer and better and deeper than what we did last year.”

Fringe returns on April 1 with seven consecutive episodes. He had this to say about the first of these episodes:

“It’s one of my favorite episodes that we’ve done,” he said. “It is particularly retro and weird. It’s a really cool episode.”

The news finally came yesterday that Fringe has been renewed for a third season.

I don’t know exactly what is going on in this picture from an upcoming episode of Big Bang Theory but it appears that Sheldon might have won an award and that he somehow lost his pants. I suspect alcohol might be involved. Even stranger, it appears that Penny took Sheldon out shopping for suit he is almost wearing:

The TV Addict has additional pictures.

Update: A glass ceiling has been broken at the Academy Awards. This was the first Oscar win for a Star Trek movie. Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow have won the Academy Award for best make up.

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