'Dexter' slays the Comic-Con crowd with a sneak peek at season 4

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Let us count the ways Showtime ismerchandising Dexter, its serial killer drama! As revealed at Comic-Contoday, there will be animated "Dexter Early Cuts" on Showtime.com this fall,a special application for iPhones called "Dexter: The Game," and(strange) action figures of all your favorite Dexter characters. "WhenI was shooting the pilot, I didn't think it would come to this,"groused star Michael C. Hall during the show's packed panel.

But it's the new killer that seems to have the castmost juiced for its Sept. 27 season premiere on Showtime: John Lithgow joins the actionthis season as the "Trinity" killer, aka "the most successful serialkiller ever." The thousands of Dexter fans who filled Ballroom 20 todaygot a sneak peek of Lithgow's upcoming work, which, naturally, included a scene ofhim slitting the throat of a helpless brunette. Lithgow, who joined the panel along with the always charming Hall, amongothers, wouldn't divulge much about his character. But he did joke thathis first victim was "High Commander Dick Solomon"—his memorablecharacter on the long-running sitcom Third Rock From the Sun. "Thischaracter has so many layers and colors," he teased.

Family and a new baby will figure significantly in thefourth season—the teaser included scenes of a sleep-deprived Dexterfailing at his day job as a blood splatter expert—but Hall admittedit's early yet to question whether the apple falls far from the tree."The baby has yet to exhibit any signs," Hall said. "It's possiblythere, lurking."

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  • Adam

    So pumped! I hear there was a trailer shown too, can’t wait to see that.
    Trinity Killer sounds awesome too. so pumped for some more Dexter!!!
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  • Cole9219

    ooh I need to finish all the seasons before it starts…it sounds great!!!!!

  • amandapuma

    I CANT WAIT FOR SEASON 4! it will be awesome…dexter is a genius!!!!

  • Nicotine

    This is my favorite show on television. They screwed the pooch last year with Jimmy Smits, but I think it’ll be made up this year. The Lithgow experiment seems likely to work.

  • jenn

    I love the image in my head of an infant with a knife and an expression similar to Dexter’s when he headbutted Doakes circa season 2.

  • LH

    Love me some Dexter!!! Love pretty much the entire cast & am always drawn into the storylines. The characters are all so well-crafted and interesting. And, I LOVE that Dexter & Rita’s new family will be such a focal point. Cannot wait for S4!

  • Ashley

    Can’t wait for the new season woo!

  • paqpaqa

    Bring It!

  • Bubbles

    Yay! More Dexter! Yay! For Lithgow! Too bad about Dick Solomon.
    Can’t wait for next season!

  • FanDex

    I disagree with you big-time, “Nicotine”. Jimmy Smits was the BEST last season! And his Emmy nomination is well deserved. But I, too, can’t wait to see what John Lithgow does.

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