Jim's Notebook: Dexter, Falling Skies and The Newsroom

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The week before Comic Con is less the calm before the storm than just the beginning of the storm.

Lots of press rooms to get ready for... panels to adjust into your schedule... and, this being TV Fanatic, preparation for the best damn coverage on the Internet. The whole TV Fanatic team will be in San Diego starting Wednesday, so keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for your entire TV scoop from the 2013 Comic Con.

But the work didn’t stop this week, so my Notebook is as full as ever with some insight into Dexter, Falling Skies and the new season of The Newsroom.

Jim's Notebook

THE NEWSROOM The action on this Sunday’s season 2 premiere picks up shortly after where Season 1 left, so that means we'll see Maggie (Alison Pill) with Don (Thomas Sadoski) instead with Jim (John Gallagher, Jr.). But, for those who remember, this isn’t a simple love triangle. “Don has been sort of told in no uncertain terms by Sloan that the only reason she’s single is because he hasn’t asked her out,” Sadoski told me when I chatted with him last week

Will we see Sloan (Olivia Munn) and Don perhaps grow closer in season 2? Sadoski didn’t give away too much but did hint “some of that will play itself out in a definitive way by the end of even the first episode. Then, by the end of the season, sort of everything will have played itself out entirely.”

Do you think if Don hooks up with Sloan that Maggie would then go for Jim? Hmmmm…  (And if you didn’t enter the True Blood/Newsroom DVD/Blu-ray giveaway, you can still enter!)

DEXTER Anyone else both fascinated and a little creeped out when Dr. Evelyn Vogel (played brilliantly by Charlotte Rampling) wrapped her arms around Dexter (Michael C. Hall) at the end of last week’s episode of Dexter? I asked Executive Producer Sara Colleton about that moment and here’s what she had to say:

“As actors, Michael and Charlotte, have a lot of chemistry and so the scenes that they have are very interesting because they're so layered with different meanings, and he wants something, she wants something, and they've just been great fun to watch."

“They both are highly intelligent, highly intuitive actors who are always thinking in the moment. They're processing in a way that's in the moment that makes their performances very alive and so their scenes become these very great acting duets that I think are fascinating to watch.” 

Colleton added that the show is very lucky to have Rampling during the final season of the Showtime drama. (If you missed it, you can read the rest of my chat with Colleton now.)

FALLING SKIES If anyone on the TNT sci-fi series has wowed us over and over this season it’s Drew Roy, who has been showing the dark side of Hal. Up until last Sunday, he was infected with an eye bug implanted by Karen (Jessy Schram). The scene where he was tied down and the eye bug was extracted was terrific - but just how tied up was Roy really? Of course I asked him!

“If it’s a scene where you’re supposed to be tied down. I want to be tied down. I actually told them, ‘I’m going to fight as hard as I can to get out of it. So if you don’t tie me in, you’re going to have an actor run out and across the set.”

The actor said that one time during shooting he actually thrashed around so much that he partially freed himself. “I don’t know how this happened but, I caught the straps off the thing that had my legs down, and my legs flew up in the air. It’s such a goofy looking moment because, here I am thrashing around and my legs are up in the air and nobody’s hollering cut and I couldn’t help but just to make like some monster noises.”

When I told him I wanted to see that on the DVD outtakes, he said, “I sure hope it’s on there because it was funny.”  (The rest of my interview with Roy is live on TV Fanatic.)

That’s a wrap for this week and I’ll be taking next week off so see ya back on July 12th! Anything else you’re dying to know about your favorite show? Leave a comment here or you email me directly at jim@jimhalterman.com. And remember: follow @TVFanatic for all your TV scoop!

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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