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The eighth season of "Dexter" starts June 30 on Showtime. This season may be its last. (PHOTO: shutterstock.com)

"Dexter" may soon come to an end


When you have a police forensics expert who has some expert knowledge by way of practical experience, plot lines can get a little complicated.

Fans of the show "Dexter" on Showtime, know all too well of the intertwined habitat the title character keeps in the long-running show. Earlier this week, a comment on the show's future has launched fans into an intertwined uncertainty, which sent network executives scrambling.

CBS produces the cable program, and its top chief may have accidently revealed that the show's eighth season may be its last. Les Moonves, in a discussion with Wall Street analysts, said, "We have 'Ray Donovan' coming on with Liev Schreiber, which comes on with 'Dexter's' last season starting in June, and then we have 'Masters of Sex.'"

According to the Hollywood Reporter, this may be a sure sign that fan's favorite serial killer by be done for good, despite Showtime's latest statements saying the show's future is not yet determined.

The finale of the show's seventh season brought in 2.75 million viewers, and was the highest-rated scripted program to ever air on Showtime.

MARCH MADNESS: In a true tell that spring is almost upon us, the NCAA has released its TV plans for the NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship. All 67 games will be televised on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. Games start on March 19 and the tournament will conclude with the final game on April 6 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

NEW DEAL: Charlie Gasparino, who shares his insights on Wall Street on Fox Business Network, has agreed to a new deal with the cable channel.

"Unlike many other financial news outlets, FBN doesn't play the Wall Street apology game, which gives me the freedom to do my job," Gasparino said.

TWILIGHT OUT OF SPOTLIGHT: On Tuesday, MTV announced the nominees for the network's Movie Awards. This time, there is a lot less "Twilight," as the finale of the sires only netted a single nod. Since the films first hit the big screen, tweens' -- and their moms – favorites from Team Edward and Team Jacob had 16 wins and a staggering 23 nominations.

In the awards, that usually kept a keen commercial pulse on teenage pop culture, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were rock stars, getting accolades for "Best Kiss" among other categories. Now, it will be doubtful if the young actors will even show up.

For the record, "Silver Linings Playbook," "Ted" and "Django Unchained" received the most nominations for a popcorn trophy. "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner's abs are nominated for best shirtless performance.

ACCURATE AWARD: WeatherRate, an independent research firm, has named WISN-TV Ch. 12 as the most accurate in the market for 2012. The Weather Watch 12 team of Mark Baden, Sally Severson, Jeremy Nelson and Luke Sampe have earned the company's "Seal of Approval" for 2009, 2010, 2011 and now this past year.

"We take pride in our forecasts every day and will continue to focus on bringing all of our viewers a forecast they can count on," Baden said in a statement.

WeatheRate tracks more than 300 stations in 85 U.S. cities every day. The company confirms high and low temperatures, sky cover, precipitation, snow accumulation, wind and fog.

Talkbacks

Aardvark | March 8, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. (report)

It was already announced last year that this upcoming season would be the last one for Dexter. Old news.

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TosaJim | March 8, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. (report)

emills81...that's King Wuss to you. :)

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emills81 | March 7, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. (report)

TosaJim, you take the crown for the biggest wuss. Andy will be so sad to have been de-throne.

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TosaJim | March 7, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. (report)

Dexter is a horrible and very disturbing show....a serial killer..killing serial killers. Why, as a society, do we glamorize these hideous people? I even had to stop watching Criminal Minds because...to me...it became too brutal and ugly.

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