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Is THE GOOD GUYS’ Colin Hanks DEXTER’s Big Bad This Year??

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Mike Ausiello at TVLine reports Colin Hanks (“Roswell,” “Orange County,” “The Good Guys”) has signed for a multi-episode arc on “Dexter,” and Ausiello speculates Hanks may play the season’s Big Bad.

Which I guess would make him yet another serial killer preying on Miami residents? Is there something akin to a Hellmouth below that city that makes it such a serial killer magnet?

Word is Mos Def ("The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy")  is joining the new season as well.

Find all of Ausiello’s exclusive on the matter here.



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  • May 9, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

  • May 9, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Also, I want a season where Dexter is found out

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    about, and is on the run.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    A little nervous

    by FilmBuf82

    He doesn't seem to have an imposing frame, so I hope that he can challenge Dexter more psychologically than physically. So i'm cautiously apprehensive. Psyched to have Vera Farmiga on board though!

  • May 9, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Vera Farmiga is in Dexter?

    by alan_poon

    Wow, that's a casting coup and a half that. Hanks will have to go some if he wants to eclipse John Lithgow mind.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    MJ's ghost: I agree

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    I feel like at least SOMEBODY in his regular supporting cast should find out.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Not sure if I wanna' go the "Dexter is busted" route...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Nancy? Sure no prob, she'll be running the place in a week.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Vera Famiga not in Dexter

    by oogles

    Rather in the creator of Dexter's feature film debut. Michael C. Hall also in the film.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Last season really copped out

    by SoupDragon

    By the end they just stuck the show in a holding pattern and effectively killed any forward momentum in the series. By this point he should be on the verge of getting caught, but there's no chance of that with such feeble, idiotic supporting characters around him and that includes Deb.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Casting against type

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    I imagine Hanks could be quite disturbing as a psychopath having only seen him play nice guys in the past.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Last season blew ...

    by Nice Marmot

    So does Colin Hanks. Finale of this next one should have Dex vs Deb all set up & the season after should be the last . . .

  • May 9, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    RE: Miami as a serial killer magnet...

    by I87D

    It's the humidity.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Sad but true

    by tomdolan04

    All the elements were there last season. Stiles was great with what she was given- but story line wise this whole 'almost caught' thing and 'let's have all the main characters actually make logical quick decision making in the final 2eps of a season is lame <p> Michael C Hall is excellent in the role but the writers have broken the fine balance of the first coule of seasons and made dexs inner monologue debating his choices far FAR too overanalytical. Their actually quite repetitive. Series 4 was lifted by lithgow and how his character mirrored how dexs could play put, but was guilty of this also <p> Series 5 disappointed because after giving the writers a free reign from the ballsy series 4 finale they played it shockingly conservative development wise.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    That was

    by tomdolan04

    Have the main characters ONLY make logical decisions in the last two eps and be oblivious to gaping plot holes up until that point to pad the season

  • and he wasn't even the "Big Bad"

  • May 9, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Time to end it?

    by MaxCalifornia.

    I think the show is pretty much tapped in terms of creativity, the only big drama left is for Dexter to be found out/caught by Deb, and that's probably something that can only be done in the final season. John Lithgow gave a great performance, but otherwise, seasons 3 and 5 were pretty unmemorable. I agree with the "forward momentum" comment; other than Rita exiting, what's changed? What did any of that Jimmy Smits stuff achieve? Seasons 1 and 2 moved with a purpose and had the energy of a show that was new, exciting, and unpredictable, and genuinely felt like it was heading somewhere. Now its just wandering aimlessly.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Last season sucked

    by fanboy71

    The shit with Deb and the conveniently placed plastic sheet really pissed me off. The whole season was full of plot holes and lazy props people, and just totally missed the mark. I assume it was because there were new showrunners on board. I hope they do a lot better this season, or I won't be sticking around. And the first couple of seasons were some of my favorite television ever.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    He can't go on the run

    by Kraven Morehead

    Then that would change the entre dynamic of the show. Perhaps the last season can deal with that. This is one of those shows that was once great and is still better than most crap on TV but no longer what it was in its first two seasons.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I still thought last season was good quality

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Although it certainly had some major flaws. I agree though that the series as a whole has been treading water a bit post season 2. I think it is probably time to begin winding it up.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Hire David Caruso as the season's big bad!

    by ahdvd

  • May 9, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by FilmBuf82

    Thanks for not berating my misread... talkbalk etiquette!!!

  • May 9, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    there's never a dexter talkback on here

    by animas

    so what's the point of this article when aicn doesn't give a shit while it is airing?

  • May 9, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    David Hasslehoff would be a great serial-killer bad guy


    He's one scary motherfucker. You know I'm right.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Get Tom Hanks, then I'd care.

    by F-18

  • May 9, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I concur...

    by MapMan

    The show has really gotten lame since season 3. Season 4 was an improvement but it didn't reach the heights of seasons 1 and 2. Are the writer's even following the source material anymore? I read the first book which is what season 1 was based on but I don't know about any of the following seasons. If not then maybe they need to go back to the source. I actually thought the writers did a good job on season 1 based on the material. They fleshed it out quite a bit.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    This should be the last season

    by Turingtestee

    Dexter needs to stop, die, or get caught.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    Dexter gets more comic book with every season. Maybe this year they'll have a SERIAL KILLER COMPETITION, where serial killers from around the world compete in Miami bodycount and DEXTER has to stop them. Or AN EVIL VIGILANTE CULT will try to make DEXTER their new king. Or he'll meet an EVIL INFORMATION BROKER FOR SERIAL KILLERS... I still dig the Dexter character, but it's getting really ridiculous. Not to mention the police sees evidence of vigilantism every season but nobody seems to recall the Bay Harbor Butcher case. Like they all got mindwiped.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Dexter may go 8 seasons

    by Epsilon

    Last season was its highest rated, so the show isn't in decline in terms of viewership. Nor has it been in steady decline in quality. Season 5 may have been Dexter's worst, I agree, but Season 4 may have been its best. I only got into the show last summer while looking for a post-LOST fix, so I don't have the Season X was the greatest bias that some people do. I saw 1-4 last summer and thought 3 was the weakest, but the others were great. I didn't particularly care for the showrunner last year and I think his exit may mean better quality in season 6. Last season was spent dealing with the death of Rita, and I hope this season is more of a real reboot for the series. I do feel like this season should probably set up Season 7 as the final season, but I have a feeling the show may make it to Season 8.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Fuck off haters


    This is still one of the best series on TV. Well written and the characters are great. I thought last season was great. This and Breaking Bad to go on for a few more years please. And yes haters do fuck off, what else on TV is anywhere near as good as this (game of thrones, the afore mentioned breaking bad and fringe notwithstanding? CSI? blue bloods? or all the other pedestrian dramas out there.

  • I mean, seriously.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    For squiddly: shows that are better (by far) than Dexter:

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    "Treme," "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire," and "the Venture Bros." Not saying I don't enjoy "Dexter" for the guilty pleasure it is, but each of the shows listed herein are far, far superior.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Treme better than Dexter?

    by FrodoFraggins

    Treme is self indulgent, whiny and plain boring. It's not getting a third season. It's hard to believe the genius behind The Wire is in charge. But then again, David Milch made the stinker known as John from Cincinnati, Boardwalk Empire is really spotty and only stood out when Michael Shannon was on screen. Buscemi is best used as a supporting character in my opinion. Mad Men is excellent, but they've lost the magic of the first two seasons.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    DEborah is going to discover Dexters secret next season

    by FrodoFraggins

    She should have discovered it last season but the new showrunner pussied out. Luckily he's been let go.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I wish Dexter was run by the guy who runs Spartacus

    by Saen

    Because that guy knows how to move a show forward and not do a reset at the end of every season. Deb should have seen them at the end. Lumen should have stuck around and the show should have transformed with Deb and Lumen trying to get Dexter to change and the problems associated with that for all of them. Then they could have Colin Hanks be a new Detective who is not a retard and figures this shit out; and have the season end with Dex either killing Hanks, or going to jail, or fleeing. REAL CHANGE, REAL CONSEQUENCES.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear last years showrunner was let go.

    by fanboy71

    That was one of the sloppiest seasons of TV I have seen in a long while. Just little things like the way the cops wore their guns, etc. I noticed all the little mistakes, and it really brought the season down for me. Shows that were better than the last season of Dexter: Justified (even though this years finale was lame) Breaking Bad Game of Thrones Boardwalk Empire Spartacus: Blood and Sand Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Eastbound & Down Terriers True Blood etc etc

  • Stop having him go against serial killers all the time. It's hokey.

  • May 9, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Deb is annoying

    by SavageJuicebox

    And always seems on the verge of tears no matter what the scene or situation. I hate her.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed the last season of Dexter...

    by Rhuragh

    ...but it's not very surprising to notice that the writing quality went down when they added the hacktastic Manny Coto as a Producer. Seriously look at the absolute shit on this guy's resume: Enterprise, 24, and The 1/2 Hour News Hour. This fucktard made the absolutely completely unfunny Fox News answer to the The Daily Show. That was so stupid and unfunny that even Fox News canceled it.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    "bald black detective"? his name is DOAKES, you pee-hole

    by Tigger Tales

  • May 9, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Doakes was the most hilarious character on the show

    by Bass Ackwards

    Something about the way he walked and stood just cracked me up, whatever reason he always made me think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, more like he an animatronic puppet than an actual person. I wish netflix streamed past season 2 of this show though, I'd love to catch up on it, if for no other reason than to see Lithgow engaging in what I'm sure is some grade-A scene chewing.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Really looking forward to this

    by Jaka

    Ended up loving last season after I was sure I wouldn't. I'm bummed Stiles won't be back. Vera Farmiga gets on my nerves, but I bet you SHE is the serial killer and Hanks is a cop/FBI/etc. Or maybe they work together as mother and son. Something different than the last couple seasons, for sure. Also, look up the crime stats on Miami and Orlando, Herc. Bet you'll be surprised.

  • Sounds like the last season that just ended....

  • May 10, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    They've already said there won't be a Big Bad this season.

    by V'Shael

    And this show jumped the shark last season, when they dropped the Kyle Butler storyline and then pussied out on Debra finding out about Dexter.

  • May 10, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    bass ackwards THANK YOU!!!

    by Vin

    Everytime Doakes came on screen I thought of Ninja turtles, i guess im not the only one. A

  • May 10, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    i was bored last season

    by john

    which is kinda sad...especially since robocop was on the show

  • May 10, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Sgt. Doakes lives on in the books...sort of....

    by 2for2true

    ...he's still on the force, but without feet, hands or a tongue.....and somehow, he knows Dexter is a serial killer but can't seem to convince anyone else of that fact. The children are being groomed by Dexter and his brother (who also lived) as lil' serial killers soon to the Harry tradition... dark novels, to be sure....but every bit as enjoyable as the TV series.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Lithgow saved this show...

    by Billyeveryteen

    The Smitts season was terribad. I DO fear for the future.

  • May 10, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I lliked last season

    by jtp8000

    I may be in the minority on that. If I had to pick the weakest season it was the Smit's year and compared to most of the shit on TV it was still good

  • May 10, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    jtp8000, I agree 100%

    by Jaka

    I actually stopped watching the Smits season. Waited until it was over and then did a catch up session before the next season started. And I don't think you're in the minority. By the end of the last season a majority of talkbackers had come around to really liking it.

  • May 10, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    and sucked FUCKING BALLS at that!!!!! the worst season of the show ever hands down no contest it was BULLSHIT!!! but that will ultimately be dexter's downfall showing human emotion for someone

  • May 10, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Liked the Smits season

    by lowman

    I really wanted Dexter to have someone to help him, and that is what the last 3 seasons have been about... except they keep pussing out. Smits could have been Dexter's Alfred. The worst season was the psycho girfriend/ AA sponsor (season 2?)

  • it just seemed too obvious with all the info she got from quinn, and common sense... PLUS the way she told dexter in the last 5 minute 'wrap up' of the season, something to the effect of "now that this is OVER WITH." (like she was going to ignore the fact that her brother helped someone murder the big baddie...because she kind of agreed with it.) i just assumed that the viewer was supposed to assume she knew.. maybe not that he was the bay harbor butcher or anything, but that he was the one helping the girl in this case. because if we're supposed to believe that she just had no clue who was behind the plastic sheet... well then... that's just stupid.

  • May 10, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    soup74, I've thought that a couple times...

    by Jaka

    ...but they always end up writing future eps so I second guess myself (I seem to recall thinking she must have known he helped her, though - she'd be a pretty shitty cop if she didn't). Part of the problem I have with her "knowing" is that she's pretty hard core in her devotion to "the law". I don't think she would allow Dex to remain free if she knew he'd killed a few dozen people. I guess that's what makes it interesting, though, and I do hope they eventually get around to making it clear one way or the other. Like most people, I also want someone to find out who doesn't get killed by the end of the season.

  • May 10, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    They're called books?

    by rbottoms

    Have any of you, OMFG Deb should totally find out about Dexter read any of the books on which the series is based?

  • May 10, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Only 2 "real" serial killers in show apart from dexter.


    Ice truck killer and trinity. The machete guy just doing gang killings in season 3. Season 2 is doakes and the british chick. Season 4 is trinity and season 5 was the "self help killers" not really serial killers just some guys covering up gang rape.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    He's gotta be caught.

    by Lacobus

    This man is a murderer, he needs to be caught and he needs to be sentenced. OR he needs to be caught by Deb and redeemed. Any other ending basically says serial killing is fine as long as it's bad people you kill, and I aint down with that.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    I've read all the books AND..

    by mcgillj

    you really DEFINITELY can NOT compare Dexter in the books to the Dexter in the show.. aside from 90% of the first book. The books are actually ALOT more of a dark comedy.. the last go around.. Dexter was dealing with a vampire cannibal cult (NO JOKE). The third book? can't even recall.. but they make the "dark passenger" out to be some prehistoric evil that goes from host to host... the fourth.. I actually kind of enjoyed.. but that's the bad thing.. most of the books are really like BUBBLE GUM.. fun to enjoy for a while but never have really stuck with me. I will give the show PROPS for getting time to develop Angel and Masouka.. I'd say La Guerta as well.. but that's a NON issue.. she was a victim of the Ice Truck Killer at the end of book one. Deb actually DOES know about Dex.. and The Ice Truck Killer, aka Biney, did get away and returns in the 5th book.. they set up the IDEA that Dexter is a NEW father (to a daugher, Lily Anne) and is grooming Cody and Astor to tame their own "dark passengers".. they seemed to HINT at that idea in an early season 1 episode.. but have never gone back to it.. I think Cody SHOULD find out.. and be fascinated by it..

  • May 10, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    One of These Is Not Like the Other

    by rbottoms

    My point wasn't that the show was like the books, but that it would be possible thematically for Deb to find out what Dexter really is and choose to live with it. As for the grooming the kids subplot from the books, never happen, not even on cable. You'd have to jump forward 10 years for Dexter the Next Generation. Funny thing, the one show that could be honest about children being killers was The Wire. Two words: Omar Little.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Redeemed Hell

    by rbottoms

    Serial killers aren't redeemable. Dexter dies saving Deb or disappears.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    My ideal ending is that Dexter ends up with Deb

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    They're not blood relatives, right? Was it ever settled if Harry was Dexter's biological father or not? It would be perfectly twisted and fitting if the show ended with Deb finding out about Dexter, condoning it, and becoming romantically involved and the two of them leaving their lives to go on the road as traveling serial killer killers. But they had a bad break up in real life, I think so that probably won't happen.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I suppose what I'm saying is that Dexter's at its best when...

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    ... it's reminding you just how weird and alien its main character is. Which is why the first season remains my favorite. The way he admires the Ice Truck Killer is completely creepy and warped. Dexter's not someone interested in redemption and the show is at its worst when it tries to redeem him, as if the writers are ashamed of having to think up such vile, disgusting behavior for each season. He can't be an easy character to have to write.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I judge the seasons by how many WTF moments there were

    by taking_up_space

    Last season had a few, though I still think the best two seasons were the ones with Smits (the chemistry between he and Dex was awesome) and Lithgow (same). The Lithgow season had the Single Best WTF scene in the "Hello, Dexter Morgan" ending. The thing that bothers me most about the show is how Dexter uses department computers to track every single person he kills. Wouldn't somebody be keeping tabs on who accesses what info when vigilante victims start popping up? I look forward to seeing the relationship between Quinn and Dexter next season, because Quinn is obviously on to him, but perhaps he is accepting of what Dexter is doing now that Dexter helped him out of a jam? I can't imagine he'll stay quiet long and not confront Dexter or Deb, or something.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Twin Cities, Minnesota is the real serial-killer haven

    by SmokingRobot

    Check out the 'Prey' books by John Sandford. Christ, there's serial killers all over the twin towns.

  • And it all makes sense. Was that why I thought he was so awesome?

  • May 11, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Loved the Deb scene

    by Hipshot

    With the sheet. I can believe that she let a killer who only kills bastards go...and it implied that on some deep unconscious level, she may even understand something about her brother she'd never be able to deal with consciously. My wife and I watched that scene holding our breath. Hell, something similar happened in "Death Wish" (one of those movies), "Sudden Impact" and other films--a cop who is more interested in justice than legality. Deb is not a pencil-pushing anal retentive bitch. She is a messy, angry woman who hates the spoilers in the world, and who loved a man who was killed by one. Oh yeah, I loved that scene, one of the very best in the entire run of Dexter. She was us: rooting for a killer, as long as he kills the people she thinks need killing. Thinking she wouldn't, or couldn't, begs the question of why the rest of us are watching.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST



    Yes that scene "hello dexter morgan" was fucking awesome.

  • May 11, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    It isn't necessarily saying serial killing is fine. It might also be saying that life is messy, and justice elusive. Dexter's double life killed his wife, and prevents him from having normal human relationships, even though we now know he yearns for them. That doesn't feel "fine." To me.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Writers Have No Balls

    by _Maltheus_

    I considered this the best show on TV once. But I was upset when Doakes showed Dex that his dad was full of shit, yet that didn't lead to a reevaluation of his code (perhaps expanded who he defines as killable). Then it floundered about for several seasons until the killing of Rita. I figure, ok, this will be the event to move things forward. How could it not? But then they went right back to the same old tired formula, wasting her entire death. Fuck those hacks! I want them to figure out his secret, have him on the run for a season (playing with the department he knows so well), and then maybe have a season (or partial season) dealing with his trial. It's called moving the story forward. This is network TV amateur hour right now. It kind of reminds me of Heroes, in that it's so easy to fix, but the writers just don't have the talent of your average AICN poster (which is saying a lot) or tree stump for that matter.

  • May 11, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    well said, mrekoletmelive

    by Tigger Tales

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