Showtime Networks has a big presence in San Diego this year, from gigantic banners to multiple panels to a button campaign and several buses toting fellow nerds around the city. The crux of their advertising campaign this year revolvers around the idea that Showtime’s ‘heroes’ have more fun. Specifically we’re talking about Weeds, Californication, Dexter, and Nurse Jackie, shows that prominently feature some rather messed up main characters who are dysfunctional on some level.

While each of these shows was represented on a panel (Dexter was on two), most of the information that was revolved focused on Hank Moody’s furthered adventures and the future of Dexter Morgan, so that’s what we’ll be talking about here. Plus those two shows are super awesome.

Californication

A wild haired David Duchovny was on hand to give us a preview of what was in store of Hank, a character he describes as a “truth teller,” someone who says the truth no matter how damaging it is. The season seems to focus on my favorite aspect of Hank: more women, more problems.

Moody will also find himself in some “Roman Polanski” trouble this season, which means there is a good chance that his tryst with the underage Mia Lewis will come to light. Madeline Zima is going to be back for four episodes this season while “her” book Fucking and Punching is being made into a feature film.

Other guest stars this year will include Rob Lowe as a grungy looking (or Brad Pitt beard era looking) movie star who takes a shine to Hank, Tommy Lee as himself, and Carla Gugino (hotness) as Hank’s criminal defense attorney. Relate that back to his “Roman Polanski” troubles and it looks like not only will his indiscretion come to light, but there will be some big consequences.

The teaser also seemed to indicate an even more heavily strained relationship with his ex-wife and child, quite possibly relating to the fact that Hank slept with Karen’s step-daughter. So yeah, things are looking good.

Dexter

After last season’s major, major shake-up things will never be the same for Dexter. The footage we saw picked up immediately after the events of the season finale with the police arriving and a stunned Morgan stating “It was me,” referring to his guilt, though that statement launches a subplot for the rest of the season. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen Dexter so we’re going into spoiler territory now.

Quinn is all over Dexter in the preview teaser trailer, pinning him as the suspect in Rita’s shocking death. Quinn has never liked Dexter and now he has real reasons to look into him – though that eventually proved fatal to Sgt. Doakes. Though his coworker isn’t the only one who is interested in Morgan and his special relationship to the recently deceased Trinity Killer.

In the footage, we see Dexter being questioned about being at Arthur Miller’s house and a police sketch and APB go out looking for his alter-ego Kyle butler.

If that weren’t enough, our favorite serial killer has to deal with raising a family on his own.  He’s now got three children with him, one in diapers and one in a rage, blaming him for their mother’s death. The footage we saw was powerful stuff with Astor damning Dexter after he has to reveal to them something happened to their mother. Michael C. Hall revealed that at some point Dexter hires a babysitter to take care of the kids, though implied she didn’t stick around long.

In Julie Benz news, Hall joked that Benz had moved on to a “a new show with Michael C. Hiklis” referring to Michael Chiklis and Benz’s new show No Ordinary Family.

In other Dexter news, guest stars this year include Julia Stiles in her first television appearance, Johnny Lee Miller, and the previously announced Peter Weller playing a character who the writers wanted to bring in several seasons ago. Speaking of the writers, there has been a bit of a change-up with the addition of two 24 scribes coming to the team – but fear not, Dexter fans, the show-runners ixnayed any sort of Jack Bauer super-agent stuff.

Also renewed are the “Dexter Dark Cuts” motion comics to follow up to “Dexter’s Early Cuts.” The theme of the newest six online episodes will be about Morgan going to medical school to study anatomy to become a better killer.


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