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Salon's guide to what to watch on Friday and this weekend: Michael C. Hall returns as an appealing homicidal maniac in the second season of "Dexter."

By Salon Staff
Published September 28, 2007 2:00PM (UTC)
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Weekend Pick

Photo: Showtime

If every fall drama sounds exactly the same to you, you might want to check out "Dexter" (second season premieres at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday on Showtime), in which Michael C. Hall plays a homicidal maniac with a very nice disposition. As brilliant as Hall was as David on "Six Feet Under," he brings even more flair to his role as a forensics specialist with a thirst for blood. But be forewarned: Even though "America's Favorite Serial Killer" tracks down and kills only very bad people who need to be stopped before they kill again, the blood and gore and cheerful killing sprees can be more than a little unsettling. At least this season the feds will be hot on Dexter's trail, thanks to a surprise discovery at the end of tonight's episode.



On Friday, "Numb3rs" premieres at 10 p.m. EDT on CBS. On Saturday, Mike Judge's comedy "Office Space" airs at 8 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central, and LeBron James hosts "Saturday Night Live" at 11:30 p.m. EDT on NBC. On Sunday, part five of Ken Burns' seven-part documentary series on WWII, "The War," airs at 8 p.m. EDT on PBS (check local listings); Showtime's acclaimed drama series "Brotherhood" returns for its second season at 10 p.m. EDT; and ABC's tear-jerky dysfunctional family circus, "Brothers & Sisters," premieres its second season at 10 p.m. EDT.


On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Sally Field, Molly Sims, Melissa Etheridge, guest co-host Pat Sajack

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Jason Lee, Diane Sawyer

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Ben Stiller,

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Born in the Wrong Body

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Deadliest Jobs!

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Paris Hilton, Emile Hirsch

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Teri Hatcher, Kevin McKidd, Queen Latifah

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Presidential Forum Analysis. Ray Suarez, Michael Fauntroy, Hazel Trice Edney

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Michael Douglas, Amanda Bynes, James Blunt

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Seth Meyers, Bret Michaels, Jose Gonzalez

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Greg Kinnear, Jenny McCarthy, Raul Midon

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

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