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The opening minutes of the “Homeland” second-season premiere (10pm Showtime) has been available online for weeks, but the best stuff is in the episode’s second half, which features a tremendous scene for Morena Baccarin as congressman Brody’s wife.


My prediction for “Dexter’s” (9pm Showtime) penultimate season is his sister will spend the season protecting his secret -- and she’ll even end up killing to protect it.


The Amazing Race (8pm CBS) has apparently doubled the prize money to $2 million this season. One of the contestants is Amy Purdy, who lost both her legs to Neisseria meningitidis.


Also premiering tonight:

Call The Midwife (8pm PBS)

The Good Wife (9pm CBS)

Mentalist (10pm CBS)

Once Upon A Time (8pm ABC)

Revenge (9pm ABC)

60 Minutes (7pm CBS)

666 Park Avenue (10pm ABC)

Superjail (12:15am Cartoon Network)

"The Simpsons" (8pm Fox)
"Bob’s Burgers" (8:30pm Fox)
 "Family Guy" (9pm Fox)
"American Dad" (9:30pm Fox)

Sundays July 22-Sept. 23, 2012
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  • Sept. 30, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    But does she get 'em out?

    by fuzzy_dunlop


  • Sept. 30, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    First Season of the Simpsons...

    by OutsideChance

    ...where I didn't bother to program a 'Season Pass' into the DVR. The last ten years have gotten progressively worse. Id find myself fast forwarding through more and more eps, or watching the first ten minutes, getting bored and shutting it off. Last season was unwatchable. I'm out for good.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons is an American institution.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Giving it up would be like quitting apple pie or cousin sex.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by ElPaw

    How far has it jumped ahead in time, seeing as Brody is a congressman now?

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I hate moving Mentalist to Sunday

    by jimbojones123

    Even if it is brilliant football counter-programming.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by Jared Parker

    she is way to fucking emotional. she'll be a total basket case when she learns who her brother really is

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by Steve Lamarre

    Fuck yeah.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    metroid_fetish is an American institution - like racism and Groucho Marx

    by Michael Lunney

  • It basically showed us how Deb will react to the situation from the end of season 6. Whatever, I'm just happy it's back. That and Homeland.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Went into a Manhattan Bar

    by Marc Cerasini

    The place was nearly empty, with only six customers (one of them was passed out). Treme was on the television. I realized I'd found that show's entire audience.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Homeland- Season 2 starts with a 6 month time jump

    by Titus05

    I think the show got a bit too much praise last season...was excellent but also a bit overrated...Claire Danes is the real superstar and driving force of this show...Damian Lewis should send his Emmy to Bryan Cranston via FedEx overnight with an apology note I can't get over the vest malfunctioning plot contrivance of the finale...the show was also a bit slow in the first half of Season 1 with the whole is-he-or-isn't-he a terrorist subplot when it was painfully obvious that he was otherwise the show could not proceed...hopefully Season 2 will elevate the show to the upper tier with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    New Once Upon A Time!

    by Paul

    I wonder how having magic in Storybrooke will affect things now? I'm also curious if August survives or not.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo the American tradtion of whinny cuntishness

    by Xiphos_2

    always is always will be

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    xiphos_2 - horselaughing?

    by Michael Lunney

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    We don't necessarily know how Deb will react

    by Mugato5150

    We know from the end of the last season that she walked in on Dexter during the act. The trailer didn't tell us any more than that. She's obviously going to figure out that he was behind all the other major serial killer cases in the city in the last decade. We don't know any more than that.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    actually, mugato...

    by Jared Parker

    if you go to showtime's website and watch one of the other trailers for season 7, you'll see dexter telling deb he IS a serial killer, and that HARRY was the one who taught him his code. i somehow doubt that deb will take it lightly

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Sad to see not a lot of grab for "Copper" - I've been enjoying it so far...

    by obijuanmartinez

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by Jared Parker

    i also like COPPER. it's like a cross between GANGS OF NEW YORK and SHERLOCK

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    dexter season premier = fucking incredible

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I am impressed. What a spectacular return to form. Can't wait until the next episode.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Fat Rancor- you're easily impressed.

    by don

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Have to give the Dexter writers props

    by David Duchovny

    Thought they would milk this thing until the season finale and have Deb be a fucking idiot the whole season. Having Maria finding the blood slide was weak sauce...and the big bad seems a little lame so far, but it's definitely off to a good start this season. Enjoyed that ep more than any ep last season.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by SuperXY

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Baccarin's "tremendous" scene

    by SuperXY

    Herc, if that is what you are gonna consider tremendous your Whedonverse bias has grown to the point where it is just bias for the sake of bias rather than for something that was great. She is the weakest link in the show. She's fantastic to look at, but that was probably the easiest scene to act in any episode of the show.

  • ...this is the same woman who complained to one of her girlfriends that her husband wasn't a good fuck a mere week after he got back from almost a decade of torture. Just notice how swept up into being a Congressman's wife, and potentially the Vice President's wife, she was. Then her blatantly racist outburst to the discovery of Brody being a Muslim - just because it would jeopardize her social circle standing. She's a horrible person. The writer's of the show have just been really subtle about it, or at least not as obvious as most other shows. ...just like what they've done with Betty on MAD MEN: These women are selfish pieces of shit. They're just more fully developed pieces of shit. So, tonight's "tremendous scene" really was just typical Betty, err, Jessica.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    that dexter premiere was fucking great

    by jsfithaca

    best episode since season 4. homeland was awesome too, but we all knew it was gonna be awesome, cuz its homeland.

  • than she was about her social standing, Tophat. The fact that Brody didn't so much as blink when she brought up the fact that A) his 16 year old daughter was fucking already, and B) his new BFF religion would see her stoned publicly for it if they lived in a region of the world that followed it verbatim, was a HUGE weak moment for him in my book.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Also: where the hell did he get that safe combination?

    by Cash907

    If they already had someone in deep enough to acquire the code to the private office safe of the fucking Director of the CIA, why did they need Brody anyway? Love this show, but this first episode was a huge wash everywhere but Carrie's plot.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by Fernando

    I agree, Dexter was amazing. I'm surprised there aren't more people talking about it here. Maybe season 6 made a lot of people leave the show...

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by thepoohguy

    Once Upon a Time and Revenge totally brought it last night! 2 AWESOME season openers!!!!

  • And I'm embarassed that I used the term "shout out". I've noticed what makes Bob's stand out is the cinematic effects you don't see in animation. The extreme whip pans, zooms, and close ups. And the voice acting rivals the best.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by Paul

    Totally agree, Once upon a Time was awesome last night! Love how they changed things up and the way that they did it. Mulan and Aurora look like their going to be great additions also. I bet that remaining pocket of fairytaleland is where the Mad Hatter ended up.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Homeland Premiere was boring as hell

    by Bronte

    The big scene: breaking into a safe. None of the tension of last year's premiere. Makes me wonder if this show has shot its wad. Weirdly, Dexter, which sucked last year, was great.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Agreed: Homeland sucked last night

    by Jbfan15

    If they think we're supposed to get all fired up because there's going to be "another attack" -- then I hope they savor those emmys, because that's the only ones they're ever going to see.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    The episode was solid. Good action, tight drama...great follow-up to last seasons cliffhanger. I have no complaints. You are easily cunty.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Dexter's final scene was great **spoilers**

    by jim

    Deb catching Dexter has her slowly recalling the repressed memories of what happened with the Ice Truck Killer. Her confronting Dexter, and him having no choice but to come clean, was a great end to the first episode. However, I still have a problem with how she caught him. He used an active crime scene, the lair of the killer everyone was looking for, as his kill room. Deb told him to finish up there; Dexter told his nanny that's where he'd be. He decided to kill Doomsday in the same place that was to serve as his alibi for where he was supposed to be that night (while he was out committing murder). D'Oh! Then last night we see Dexter kill a guy in an airport. The show has completely moved into the realm of fantasy. Forget about the conveniently abandoned wheelchair and maintenance cart, and the empty bathroom; airports have cameras everywhere. Everywhere. But no, Dexter abducts the guy in the can, wheels him to what should be a very secure area, then hangs out and kills him in a lost luggage room. Oh, but he knew he was safe because he was hanging out there after hours? And he does all this seemingly without the smallest sense of concern for being seen, caught, or recorded. Maybe Dexter's total disregard for his code and just winging it with complete abandon will be a explored this season. Maybe, deep down, he wants to get caught (even though nothing from his inner monologue has ever suggested that). Maybe after he tells Deb everything, she'll be the one to reign him back in. We'll see. What I don't see happening is a scene next episode of someone going through last night's security tapes to see Dexter offing a guy in the lost luggage room. What next, Dexter killing a guy in a casino in the middle of the afternoon? Standing in line at the bank? Going on "Big Brother" so he can get one of the other players? There's no tension if the character (and the writers) completely ignore the fact that there's no way he'd ever get away with it. No "yikes, this is risky" or "wow, what a perfect storm of everything going my way" from Dexter. Just, apparently, business as usual. The blood slide story line is ridiculous. To attempt to create suspense of how this might possibly come back to haunt Dexter and how he will deal with it* has no impact when massive amounts of suspension of disbelief is required for the, I guess, less important story lines. "Oh no, LaGuerta might start poking around the Bay Harbor Butcher case and possibly make things tricky for Dexter. As for the luggage room, I don't know. Maybe there weren't any cameras, or they weren't working, or the guy watching went home early, or they changed all the cameras to the strip search rooms, or at the same time international thieves were robbing another luggage room and had all the cameras on a 2 hour loop.". Two events that can end with Dexter getting caught. Yet, as the audience, we're being told "be concerned with this, but don't worry about that". I find it hard to care about one when the other is dismissed as inconsequential. Almost insulting. *(I'm guessing Deb will deal with it eventually by killing LaGuerta)

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    big jim - agreed

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    What you are seeing is incredibly lazy writing. There are far too many "convenient" plot turns. I can ignore the problem of the cameras in the airport, because in theory so far, no one but Dexter knew the guy was a killer on the run, so no one is going to be following up on whether that guy made it to the airport. Well, his russian mob friends will know, but the day they get their hands on airport security camera footage is the day I stop watching the show forever. As you mentioned, it was the other coincidences that were awful show writing. Thank god that the guy went into the bathroom before getting on his plane, and at just the right time, when the bathroom was empty (because airport bathrooms are usually empty, right?) And then - oh, thank god Dexter happened to see an empty wheelchair right next to him. And thank god someone left a cleaning cart with an out of order type sign on it right outside that bathroom. And thank god that that cleaning person must have been on lunch break. But that was just a forgettable throwaway scene for lazy writing. Much worse was the LaGuerta thing. Hey, here's the whole cast and no one else standing around the crime scene talking. Let's have everyone leave except LaGuerta, for no reason at all let's have her stand there and look around. And then, maybe she spots some glass underneath a grate in the floor. And maybe somehow this is a key piece of evidence that potentially exposes that Doakes was not the Bay Harbor Butcher. And guess who was the one person back in season 2 who believed he was innocent? LaGuerta! Perfect! LAZY. The laziness crept in during season 4. Sad because the first three seasons were great television.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Dexter - still get excited for premieres even after two lame seasons

    by FrodoFraggins

    They definitely delivered tonight. I have good feelings about this season.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Titus Pullo, Lewis and LaGuerta will be Dexters foes

    by FrodoFraggins

    It's like a superhero move with three villains!

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    dexter - great ending.. but the airport kill scene

    by Rakesh Patel

    c'mon man really? taking out the dude in a place with billions of cameras. and in room that no one is supposed to go in after hours ( but you cant guarantee that because you haven't scoped it out properly). Despite that ( and good to see Enver Gjokaj do his thing) the ending was great. the episodes wont drag with deb trying to find out the truth and collaborate her suspicions. LaGuerta blood slide storyline. no thanks and gamer dude storyline again no thanks. hope those things just slide. I'm still betting that Angel niece bites it. all in all, pretty good.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    another plot convenience is

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    that Batista's niece or whoever she is, Dexter's nanny, is way too hot to be with that weirdo psycho geek, they have nothing in common except to serve a lazy plot.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Midwife looks gross...

    by Dan

    Why are all these chicks in those types of shows always the ugliest fucking things on Earth. They only make you wonder how they got fucked in the first place... ugh...

  • They all have faces like antique can openers over there.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    N O N E

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    That's the amount of time I spend complaining on the internet about plot issues for a show I'm still watching.........after 7 seasons.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sunday Nights

    by 1TrueGod

    Are shaping up... dexter was phenomenal. Glad to see the show has return to form after what I call a sordid affair that was the doomsday killer and the overall story arch. Homeland off to a good, not great, start and Boardwalk was decent. Now i have to find a way to fall asleep before 1.

  • That's what they hope, that they can half-ass it and you'll just accept everything they give you because they used to make an effort; that you've grown accustomed to watching and you will continue to do so. I loved the first season, found the second a bit less enthralling, and was bored by the third. However, I found seasons 4 and 5 (I seem to be one of the few that really enjoyed that one) a return to form. Season 6 had more good moments than bad but overall worth watching. I like Deb finally finding out, but how she how she caught him at the end of last season was the epitome of poor writing. Last night's episode seems to be continuing on the dual path of the promise and the stupidity of last season's final scene. Among the moments of compelling story telling we also got events that make absolutely no damn sense. Being that wildly inconsistent is frustrating.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Revenge has the sexiest girl on TV.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Jack's dog. At least I hope she's a female. This would be an awkward confession otherwise.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by bender

    The trailer alone showed us that they'd burn the body. Deb was keeping his secret and having a hard time with it. They showed her asking him about the plastic wrap situation with Brian Moser. Her finding the blood slides.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Finally got around to watching Homeland last night ...

    by Itchy

    got to say, Claire Danes is really damn good in that show. That look she had on her face after getting away from the guy in the clothing store was absolutely fantastic. She's got to be just a hair less crazy than Carrie, as there's no one who can act that well.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    DEXTER was great...

    by I Hope You Die

    But I'm guessing LaGuerta is going to end up suspecting Deb as the Bay Harbor Butcher. She found the slide, she thought Doakes wasn't guilty, she hates Deb and Deb went to the gas station and is probably on camera. That'll be pretty stupid if it happens.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    cash907 = brilliant!

    by Dan

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Homeland is problematic but I watch all the same...

    by Sithtastic

    The show remains on my must watch list on the strength of Claire Danes's acting. Damian Lewis is just fine as now congressman Brody as well, but Carrie is my reason for watching the show. It's great to watch the both of them and their interesting (if inconsistent) supporting cast. The problems for me however, lie in how the show tries to explore complex foreign policy issue, by proping up straw men for their protagonists to knock over. The classic example of this was that exchange in Dana's Quaker schoolhouse exchange: First off, what's the deal with all the bloodthirsty, Michael Savage-lite talk at a Quaker meeting in the first place? They're pacifists and no doubt once they had their mitts on those kids, it wouldn't take log for them to start spouting the pacifist party line. But instead, we get some ignorant prole ranting on about "the Arab religion" whose naturally ignorant of the difference between Persians/Arabs, Shi'a and Sunni and God knows what else. It's just one of many jarring scenes that seem to declare to the viewer "accept our shallow conclusions on Islam, fanaticism in general, or you're an ignorant zenophobe". It's distracting, bothersome and takes away from the deeper psychological thirler elements of the show.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Doakes is alive!

    by E

    Check out IMDB - Eric King is credited in the last episode of season 7...

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Downton Abbey

    by deelzbub

    great episode! I know it's not on here in the states yet. But it was still great!

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Homeland shot its wad...

    by popboy

    at the end of season one.