Wow! Showtime has just announced the actor John Lithgow will be joining the cast of Dexter's third season (and by season we mean the typical half-season of 13 episodes that is the norm on cable these days).
In a real spoiler-filled release -- and if you don't want to know the gist of next season's story arc, you should just tune out now -- they disclosed that Lithgow would be playing "Walter Simmons, an unassuming, mild-mannered suburbanite who has been living a dual life as one of America’s most prolific and deadliest serial killers. Dubbed the 'Trinity Killer' because of his proclivity to kill in threes, he relocates to Miami after being tracked by FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine). Brought on to assist in the investigation of Miami’s latest serial killer, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) becomes fascinated with Trinity’s killing methods and his ability to evade capture for almost three decades." Pictured above, Lithgow in one of my favorite of his performances, as Dr. Emilio Lizardo in the brilliantly eccentric 1984 movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.
Oh, boy! Not only does that bring us Lithgow, one of the most interestingly idiosyncratic actors around, but it also means that Keith Carradine is back (at least for some episodes) as Special Agent Lundy. You must remember how we were completely smitten with the second season sexy May-December romance between Lundy and Debra Morgan, Dexter's sister (played by Jennifer Carpenter, who is Mrs. Michael C. Hall). Their relationship was nipped in the bud when Lundy left Miami to go back to his regular post, and last season Debra got herself another beau in the form of the deliciously laid-back musician Anton (David Ramsey).
What will happen now that Lundy is back? Will the sparks fly again? I'm hoping that this intriguing romantic rivalry will overshadow the less-interesting (at least to me) new marriage/domestic angle that will no doubt take up some of Dexter's own storyline.
So much for our girlish natterings. But Lithgow -- now that's an inspired piece of casting and should make for much murderous merriment when Dexter returns on Sept. 27, 2009. Sounds like a long time from now, but it's really just a summer away!