Showtime's friendly neighborhood psychopath is welcoming a couple of new faces into the fold in its upcoming season.
The network announced that "Dexter" has added veteran British actress Charlotte Rampling and "The Boondock Saints"' Sean Patrick Flanery to its cast as series regulars.
Flanery will portray Jacob Elroy, described in an announcement earlier this month as "a handsome and straightforward former cop who now owns his own private eye business." The actor is probably best known for ably handling the titular role of "Young Indiana Jones" in the short-lived series, as well as several features.
Rampling takes on the role of Dr. Evelyn Vogel, a "formidable and whip smart neuro-psychiatrist who assists the law in profiling criminals." Her resume stretches back to the mid 1960s, where she got her start on the UK "The Avengers" series with Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg, more recently appearing in "Melancholia" and "Cleanskin."
As far as the rumors that this upcoming season would be the series' last, Showtime president David Nevins was hesitant to confirm one way or the other. "'Dexter' is to Showtime is what 'Batman' is to Warner Brothers," Nevins said at a recent TCA panel. "I want to take care of it in a way that is respectful to the franchise, and takes care of the fans... We're not making any announcements today about when Dexter will end. I think I will clarify before Dexter goes on this season. We have a clear end game in place, [but] I can’t talk about it just yet. Dexter's end is a creative decision, and ultimately will be made for creative reasons."
Based on the critical response to the last two seasons, one would think that this series had creatively dried up. Even so, the addition of Flanery and Rampling to the cast next season will perhaps inject a little new blood and new intrigue to the series.