TVLine Items: Dexter Star In $tandoff With Showtime, Alfre Woodard Goes Grey's and More!

Talk about a buzzkill…

Following Dexter’s biggest premiere to date last Sunday, contract negotiations between Michael C. Hall and Showtime have reportedly come to an impasse.

According to our sister site Deadline, talks broke down after the two sides were unable to bridge a $4 million gap in Hall’s proposed new salary. (The new pact would be for two years.) That said, Team TVLine is optimistic they’ll soon reach an agreement given that Hall recently told us that he doesn’t “have any reason to believe that this sixth season will be [the show’s] last.”

Take TVLine’s poll below and let us know what you think about Dexter‘s future.

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• Aaron Tveit will return to The CW’s Gossip Girl for multiple episodes as Nate Archibald’s skeevy politico cousin, Trip van der Bilt, Zap2it confirms.

• True Blood‘s Chris Bauer has landed a guest spot on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 this fall. According to Vulture, the True Blood star will play the “manager of an off-shore oil rig who finds himself coming face-to-face with Danny and McGarrett when one of his men is murdered.”

• Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jason George will appear in The Closer’s winter finale (airing Dec. 26) as a businessman with ties to the neighborhood where Turell Baylor was killed last season, reports.

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• TVLine first reported that country starlet Kellie Pickler will make her acting debut on The CW’s 90210, and now has your first look at her guest spot.

• Deadwood‘s Brad Dourif will guest star on ABC’s fantastical new series Once Upon a Time this fall as a beggar who befriends Rumpelstiltskin, per

• Oxygen has given the green light to three new docu-series: The Next Big Thing follows star-maker Trapper Felides as he helps performers break into the business; Brooklyn Crew examines a group a former friends and what tore them apart; and Tanisha Gets Married documents the wedding of Bad Girls Club star Tanisha Thomas.

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  1. Luis M. says:

    Oh, Hollywood. Greedy is thy surname.

  2. Midori says:

    Being that Dexter should have ended this season anyways, maybe this wake them up to the fact the show can’t go on forever.

    No later than the end of season 5 Dexter’s sister should have found out, and then everyone else in season 6. They think the show will just continue on and on and they really need to start wrapping it up, it’s really starting to show it’s age.

  3. Denise says:

    I hope this isn’t drawn out… just pay the man what he is worth and put the fans minds at ease!!

  4. Viv says:

    Frankly he’s a great actor and I think they should just shut up and pay him. I guess they can’t do that though because then they look like pushovers. I hope Deb finds out about Dex thsi season! I can’t wait to see how she reacts.

  5. Sarah El says:

    I think Dexter shouldn’t run too much longer – maybe one more season just to wrap everything up. Two more tops, personally.

    Also, a four million dollar gap? Really? Not already making enough millions? Come on, considering how broke most of this country is it’s kind of embarrassing to watch actors battle through their contracts that are already in the millions. I mean, obviously it happens, I just wish it wasn’t so reported. I feel like I constantly am hearing about how this actor or that actor wants more money than is being offered. At least I and most people like actors and other entertainers more than most rich folk.

    • Jules says:

      By the time an actor pays his agent, publicist, lawyers and assistant he isn’t left with as much as you think.. And if the studios can make millions in advertising (or as with Showtime -subscribers) then the talent bringing in the money deserves a healthy cut.

  6. JeniLee says:

    NOBODY is worth that kind of money. Especially for a job where you film 12 EPISODES a year. I love this show and MCH but this is so greedy

    • Jemimakahn says:

      If for nothing else, they should pay him the 4 million for being the professional he is, running around as much as he did in the last few episodes of Season 4 while stricken with CANCER. How quickly fans like you forget!

  7. Joseph says:

    I love Dexter and can not think that the two parties will not find a way to share the wealth.

    • Joseph says:

      Did some research ,
      Seems Hall is asking for $24M for 24, episodes , that is pretty much the most being paid for any actor on television or cable. If the report is correct he was offered $20M.

      • Poppy says:

        @Joseph – at this time that is correct, but Charlie Sheen was making $1.25 million per episode (24 x 1.25 = $30 million per YEAR) for a 1/2 hour comedy. Frankly, Michael C. Hall is worth twice as much as that d-bag. Charlie’s acting was not acting. He was just living his real life on camera. Michael actually HAS to act. Showtime – show him the $$$.

  8. Jules says:

    MCH is worth every penny.. If Charlie Sheen can get millions for the crap show he had… MCH has got to be worth 10 times that. Someone should tell Showtime, this one’s a no brainer. Give us more Dexter!!!

  9. Jared says:

    As devastating as it would be to have my favorite show end, I am complteley in agreeance with team Michael C Hall. Give the man the respect and money he deserves! It’s HIS show! It’s not an ensemble show at all. If it weren’t for Michael, the show wouldnt be the success it is today! Period. End of story.

  10. Amber says:

    Gasp. THE Brad Dourif??

    • Amber says:

      In all seriousness, that guy is a totally awesome character actor to the umpteenth degree. I can totally see him being a great casting choice for a show like that.

      I will now go shed a tear for the dearly departed Deadwood, Doc Cochran, and all its other great characters. I miss you, Deadwood.

  11. Greedy says:

    It would be nice if doctors, firemen, police officers and teachers made the kind of money actors and athletes do.

    • Lindsey says:

      Don’t forget social workers! We get tired of being left out of the “people who deserve more money.” (So we’re broke AND forgotten!) I agree with another poster that it’s almost embarrassing to hear about these people fighting over millions of dollars. Most of us won’t make in a lifetime what they make a season. Until it affects a show because they don’t reach a negotiation, we don’t need to hear about it.

    • Brooke says:

      The problem, though, is that actors and athletes are making a huge amount of money FOR the team/network. The amount that a team or network can rake in in advertising and syndication rights and ticket sales and premium channel subscriptions and merchandise/DVD sales, etc etc, are highly dependent on the talent involved. If Showtime is making an increasingly good bundle due to Michael C Hall’s involvement, of COURSE he’s going to request higher compensation.

      • JeniLee says:

        Its all relative though. Their salaries are big because of how much networks charge for commercials (mostly on other networks not Showtime etc), how much cable companies charge, etc, etc. We don’t need to be charged $10 a month to have Showtime. We have to pay it because of how much money these actors make. You know what I mean? Same with sports. The tickets to go to these games go up partly because of the players’ salaries. I’m sorry but actors and sports stars do not deserve to make more money than they know what to do with. There are plenty of people out there educating, keeping citizens safe, helping children get into the right foster home, etc, etc, etc. Those people deserve more money.

  12. Lauren says:

    I’m probably all alone in this but YAY TRIPP!!! I am completely in love with Aaron Tveit, so any reason to see his face is good with me.

  13. Paul says:

    I love Dexter… I’m all for 2 more seasons +++

  14. Girish says:

    MCH is worth it. If that idiot, talentless Sheen could make millions with that crap show, MCH deserves far more than he’s asking. I can see Dexter going on for 2 more seasons quite easily.

  15. Nate says:

    …and here’s comes another guest acting Emmy nod for Alfre Woodard…

  16. D says:

    I don’t think the show is devoid of all saving, the writers just need to get their act together. I doubt they will though.

  17. diba says:

    If John Hamm can get a big pay bump for a series that averages around a million viewers, MCH should get twice as much! Plus, I suspect that Dexter DVDs outsell Mad Men which means even more profit for Showtime.

  18. kevin says:

    Don’t know what SHOWTIME going to do if DEXTER will last seven maybe eight seasons tops.

  19. Jemimakahn says:

    One needs to see this within the perspective of the entertainment industry and their pay scales. As an Executive Producer MCH must know how much the show makes and is probably asking for an amount in proportion to Showtime’s revenue from his work.

  20. Carmen says:

    We can pay! 10$ each… cmon Michael! please…

  21. Christie Livoti says:

    Excited for Brooklyn Crew to air :)

  22. alfre says:

    alfre woodard always mean to us something great. thank you for dexter that i am fond to love you.alfre woodard,alfre,woodard