First Look: Julie Benz on Desperate Housewives

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Rest easy, Dexter fans: Rita is alive, well... and looking sort of skanky!

Indeed, Julie Benz - best known for playing Dexter's wife on that Showtime hit, until she fell victim to The Trinity Killer on the season four finale - resurfaces on primetime TV at the end of this month.

She guest stars for multiple episodes on Desperate Housewives as Debbie, an intelligent stripper that befriends Susan. Benz debuts on January 31 and we've got your first look at the actress in her new role below:

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Julie Benz on Desperate Housewives
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