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Last Night at PaleyFest2010: 'Dexter'

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Although Michael C. Hall, who is still receiving cancer treatments, did not walk the red carpet to speak to the press last night, he received a standing ovation as he walked onto the stage at the Saban Theatre for the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest2010 "Dexter" night. The standing ovation was a first for PaleyFest as noted by this observer and several others in the crowd.

[Spoiler Alert!] The big questions about what will happen next season were, of course, never answered by the show's producer Sara Colleton, but she provided the insight that the series will pick up immediately after it left off with the murder of Julie Benz's character, Rita Bennett, forcing Michael C. Hall's Dexter Morgan to come to terms with her death and his new situation as soon as possible.

Hall pointed out that there will be plenty of opportunity for comedy as Dexter will be forced to deal with people treating him as someone who has gone through a traumatic experience but, as he noted, "Dexter is a wack-job", and portraying a wack-job has plenty of comedic opportunities.

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The cast spoke glowingly of John Lithgow's stint as the Trinity Killer and appreciated his enthusiasm and energy on the set as they sometimes felt overwhelmed by the scripted extremes of season 4. The producers felt that the end of this beloved series "is a long way off" and since there are currently 7 writers on the show, between them they have at least 7 completely different directions that they'd like to take the series and its characters. The 5th season of "Dexter" begins production for Showtime in June.

For more on PaleyFest2010 check out the website as the festival runs through March 14th. We can't tell you how incredibly awesome PaleyFest is, you will just have to go to one or more of these special evenings.

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Michael C. Hall answers questions along with producers and cast-mates at PaleyFest2010's "Dexter" night at the Saban Theatre