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September 20th, 2013
06:59 PM ET

The minds behind 'Dexter'

After eight years, Showtime is sticking a fork, or maybe more accurately, a knife, into its series "Dexter."

Asked if the show was put on a clock the second his character was exposed as a killer, actor Michael C. Hall said yes.

"The show has spent all kinds of storytelling capital over the years. But once that happened, I think we knew that there was an end game, as far as the context in which all these characters are living, you know,” Hall said.
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September 20th, 2013
06:52 PM ET

An olive branch from Iran?

Who says newspapers are dead? Apparently not the presidents of countries that still block internet content from their citizens.

First Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an "open letter" to the American people in The New York Times, where he told Americans to get over themselves, because they're not that exceptional.

Now, there is an op-ed in The Washington Post from new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, but his tone is much more conciliatory.
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September 20th, 2013
06:37 PM ET

Web exclusive: Interview with 'Dexter' actor Michael C. Hall, executive producer Sara Colleton, and writer Scott Buck

The following is a transcript of an interview, including un-aired portions, with actor Michael C. Hall, executive producer Sara Colleton, and writer Scott Buck of Showtime's Dexter.'
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September 20th, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Roundtable: GOP is taking wrong approach to defund Obamacare

It's a high-stakes showdown in Congress, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor just burst through the swinging saloon doors to call out endangered Democrats by name, asking whether they will stand with him and defund Obamacare, or face the consequences.
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September 20th, 2013
06:28 PM ET

Saying goodbye to 'Dexter'

It's usually not difficult to say goodbye to a serial killer, but for six million weekly viewers, the end of showtime's "Ddexter" is like a death in the family. After eight seasons, the series about a charming psychopath airs its last episode this Sunday.

Spoiler alert, if viewers are still catching up on the show, we are about to reveal some big plot twists.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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