Dexter star Michael C. Hall reveals how Dexter Morgan has changed from the series birth to its final season, and the impact of Yvonne Strahovski’s character, Hannah McKay, on Dexter in season 8.

“I wouldn’t say the character is unrecognisable to me now, but it’s changed, I’ve changed.”

Michael C. Hall recently sat down with the Brisbane Times for an interview regarding the unfolding development of Dexter Morgan since the series’ inception to its current stage in season 8. Hall also went on to speak about the impact Hannah McKay has had, and that Dexter’s love life will be continued to be explored in season 8.

Hall commented, “When I first encountered the character [Dexter] I didn’t anticipate it going in so many of the directions it has gone. I wouldn’t say the character is unrecognisable to me now, but it’s changed, I’ve changed. If you do something this long inevitably the flow of your life and the flow of the character’s life, at least it will intersect at some point.”

Dexter is now in its eighth season, but in those eight years Dexter has changed an awful lot. He now seems to more involved with his own emotions, and has become a father for the first time. The loss of Rita was a humongous blow to Dexter in terms of his emotional stability, and was one of the first times we saw Dexter have a more human side to him. But Hall comments that it is his father Harry who really is the one behind Dexter’s nature.

Hall said, “I think Dexter is someone who is sold on the idea that he was a psychopath. His father didn’t use that language but when I think he taught Dexter “the code” he conditioned him to believe he was a monster. But I think there lives in Dexter an appetite for a more full-flowered sense of himself as a human being so I think we see himself at this point based with the difficult task of trying to reconcile his appetite for humanity and his monstrosity. I don’t envy him that work.”

Hall then went on to comment on the final two seasons of Dexter in the two-season story arc of seasons 7 and 8. Hall noted that the finale of season 6 has set the tone for both season 7 and 8 with “a new landscape facilitated” with Deb finding out about who her brother Dexter really is.

Hall noted, “There’s been a serial nature to this storytelling in each season in its self contained arc and I think when we made the commitment to do two more at the end of [season] 6, that coupled with the new landscape facilitated with Deb finding out about who her brother is left us in a place where we really felt the story owed it. Maybe it’s going to work out? And maybe, we’ll see…But it’s been invigorating in the seventh season and going on the eighth, to be as enthused about what’s being written and what the characters are going through as ever.”

But, one of the teases Hall gave in the interview was regarding the involvement of Yvonne Strahovski’s character, Hannah McKay. There has been a lot of rumours and speculation regarding Strahovski’s involvement, and as it stands, she has not been confirmed for season 8. Hall dropped some hints though about her status within Dexter.

“Well I think that’s a question that will take with us as we go into these final episodes, we’ll see. I think the possibility is alive in Dexter in terms of what he allows himself to hope for, at least at times. It’s a pretty complicated logistical landscape to get away with. All the wreckage left behind him at this point so, we’ll see.” said Hall.

What do you think about Hall’s comments? Do you find Dexter almost unknown to the Dexter you first met? And what about those cryptic comments regarding Yvonne Strahovski? We hope she will return for season 8 after such a great inclusion in the seventh season.

Dexter returns to Showtime on June 30.

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.

After filing for divorce from Johnny Depp earlier this week, Amber Heard has now filed a restraining order against the actor after alleged domestic abuse.

TMZ reports Heard went into a Los Angeles courtroom this morning to file the restraining order and shared photos of physical abuse by Johnny Depp, including bruises from this past weekend. “Heard claims after he allegedly hit her he offered her money to stay quiet, but instead she filed for divorce first thing Monday morning,” TMZ says. Heard reportedly “has video of one of the beatings.” TMZ’s report includes a graphic photo of the bruises the actress received from Depp.

Update: The restraining order has been granted.

Heard says she’s been physically assaulted “various times during their marriage,” according to TMZ, and believes there’s “an immediate threat of harm.” Hence the restraining order.

The report adds, “We’re told cops told Amber they would find Johnny and arrest him if she gave a statement about the alleged violence, but she refused. Officers told her if she changed her mind she could call them. As far as we know, she has not gone back to the cops.”

Johnny Depp is currently in the middle of promoting Alice Through the Looking Glass, which opens in theaters Friday.

Depp and Heard married last year after three years of dating. A photo of the couple at this year’s Grammy Awards is below.

DCOM marathon schedule: See full list of movies and when they air

The mega marathon begins Friday, May 27 and runs into June!

10:00 am EDT, May 27, 2016

The highly-anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie marathon began Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. eastern and runs through the holiday weekend. See the complete DCOM marathon schedule here!

When Disney Channel says they’re running a DCOM marathon, they mean it. The network will be airing 51 DCOMs from Friday to Monday ahead of this summer’s release of their 100th DCOM, Adventures in Babysitting (debuting June 24). Who needs Memorial Day festivities when you can sit inside and enjoy Disney Channel classics all weekend?!

After Monday they’ll continue to air a couple more movies every night until they eventually air all 100 DCOMs. That’s right! Every single one of ’em is returning to television between now and late June.

Below is the complete list of DCOMs airing from Friday, May 27 into the middle of June. Since many are airing in the overnight hours, you’ll probably want to set up your DVR. Or in case you want to watch them again. And again.

DCOM Marathon Schedule

Friday, May 27

10:00AM Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20AM Read It and Weep
12:55PM Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40PM Jump In!
4:15PM Lemonade Mouth
6:15PM Zapped
8:00PM High School Musical 2
9:55PM The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45PM Zenon the Zequel
1:25AM Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55AM Twitches Too
4:25AM Alley Cats Strike!

Saturday, May 28

6:25AM You Wish!
8:05AM The Proud Family Movie
9:50AM Quints
11:25AM Horse Sense
1:10PM Cow Belles
2:50PM Twitches
4:30PM The Even Stevens Movie
6:15PM Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie
8:00PM Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50PM Princess Protection Program
11:30PM The Cheetah Girls: One World
1:05AM Zenon: Z3
2:40AM Halloweentown High
4:20AM The Thirteenth Year

Netflix DCOMs High School Musical

Sunday, May 29

6:00AM Right On Track
7:45AM Full-Court Miracle
9:35AM Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20AM Brink!
1:10PM Double Teamed
2:55PM Rip Girls
4:35PM Motocrossed
6:20PM Cloud 9
8:00PM Teen Beach 2
9:55PM Bad Hair Day
11:40PM How to Build a Better Boy
1:20AM Pixel Perfect
2:55AM The Other Me
4:30AM Genius

Monday, May 30

10:00AM Stuck in the Suburbs
11:30AM Halloweentown
1:05PM Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
2:55PM Smart House
4:25PM High School Musical
6:15PM Camp Rock
8:00PM Descendants
10:05PM Teen Beach Movie
11:55PM Cadet Kelly
1:50AM The Cheetah Girls
3:35AM Johnny Tsunami

Camp Rock DCOM

After Memorial Day Weekend, Disney Channel will air two more DCOMs each night. Here’s the schedule so far (again, set your DVRs because these air late!)

Wednesday, June 1
12:00AM Return to Halloweentown
1:40AM Can of Worms

Thursday, June 2
12:00AM Going to the Mat
1:40AM Miracle in Lane 2

Friday, June 3
12:00AM The Suite Life Movie
1:40AM Ring of Endless Light

Saturday, June 4
12:00AM Invisible Sister
1:40AM Now You See It…

Sunday, June 5
12:00AM Girl vs. Monster
1:40AM Phantom of Megaplex

Monday, June 6
12:00AM Tru Confessions
1:40AM Tiger Cruise

Tuesday, June 7
12:00AM Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
1:40AM Under Wraps

Wednesday, June 8
12:00AM Den Brother
1:40AM Go Figure

Thursday, June 9
12:00AM Avalon High
1:40AM Jett Jackson: The Movie

Friday, June 10 and beyond
As of right now Disney Channel hasn’t released the schedule beyond June 10.

Which DCOMs do you plan to watch during the Disney Channel Marathon?

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Next week we’ll be launching a fun new game here on Hypable where we’ll seek your help in ranking every single DCOM in the history of DCOMs. It’s probably a good idea to watch as many of these as possible so you can brush up on your knowledge base and rank them accurately!