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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’: The Horror News Network Mid-Season Review

Halfway through its intense and diverse season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story manages to out-“American horror” American Horror Story and claim the prize as one of the most engaging shows on television. Between its expert storytelling, its incredible actors, and its flawless delivery of social commentary, the series manages to exceed expectations each and every night.

The title, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, can be misleading at first glace. In Season One, we knew The People v. O.J. Simpson would primarily focus on the Simpson trial… and that’s exactly what we got. Assassination tells a much more complex story. Based on Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Maureen Orth, the season spends significantly more time on Darren Criss’ serial killer Cunanan and his other victims than the time it dwells on the inner-workings of the Versace clan. That isn’t to say that Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin aren’t completely magnetic on screen- because they’re incredible- but the structure of the storytelling allows for breathing room as the viewer takes in the scope of Cunanan’s actions. read more

‘Dexter’s’ Michael C. Hall to Narrate ‘Pet Sematary’ Audiobook

Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that the star of Dexter, Michael C. Hall, will narrate Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary.

Stephen King said in a statement that “Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time.  I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.”

Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch was also happy to share the news, saying that the company was “…thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans.  Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.” read more

Showtime to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Dexter with Fan Picked Marathon

In celebration of it’s 10th anniversary, Showtime is asking fans to vote for their favorite episodes of Dexter, the top ten of which will be featured in an on-air marathon October 1st. The acclaimed serial killer series premiered on Showtime October 1, 2006 and spawned eight seasons. The drama centered around the life of Dexter Morgan, a blood-splatter expert for Miami Metro police by day and serial killer, with his own sense of morality, by night.

The cast included Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Aimee Garcia, Desmond Harrington, Erik King, C.S. Lee, Geoff Pierson, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas and James Remar. Over the course of it’s run, the series earned a Peabody Award, along with 25 Emmy® and 10 Golden Globe® Award nominations. Michael C. Hall won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his role as Dexter. The Writers Guild of America named it one of the best written series of all time. read more