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Showtime says 'Dexter' is returning for limited series

Showtime announced Wednesday it is reviving its serial-killer drama Dexter for a limited series.

"Surprise [expletive.] He's back. #Dexter," the "Dexter on Showtime" Twitter feed said.

The post included a video with a blood-spattered background, the show's title and the message: "Being away has been murder. Dexter returns."

The clip got 2 million views in the first 2 hours it was online.

Production on the 10 new episodes is slated to begin, with Michael C. Hall returning to the title role, in early 2021.

Showrunner Clyde Phillips is also back for the revival, which is expected to premiere in late 2021.

The original series ran 2006-13 on the cable network.

Season 9 will be the last for 'Last Man Standing'

The FOX sitcom Last Man Standing will end with its upcoming ninth season, the show announced Wednesday..

"Let's make the final season GREAT - Baxters out. #LastManStanding returns soon on @FOXTV!" the show's Twitter page said.

Starring Tim Allen, Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo, the series is expected to start airing its last episodes in January.

"Feeling very lucky and bitter sweet. #Grateful," Allen tweeted.

"So hard to express how cool it's been to be a part of this near decade long creation. Our final year...damn. You are going to love the what we are planning! Shooting as I type," Allen added.

Last Man Standing is about Mike Baxter, the director of marketing for an outdoor sporting goods store chain where his daughter Kristin (Amanda Fuller) and son-in-law Kyle (Christoph Sanders) work. Travis plays Mike's wife Vanessa, a teacher, and Kaitlyn Dever and Molly Ephraim play their daughters, Eve and Mandy.

The comedy initially ran for six seasons on ABC. It was canceled in 2017, but picked back up in 2018 by FOX.

Garth Brooks, Killer Mike honored at Billboard Music Awards

New SeasonKiller Mike and Garth Brooks were the big winners at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday.

Brooks, the No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history, was honored with the Icon Award, which was presented by fellow music legend Cher.

The Icon Award was created a decade ago to honor outstanding artists who have achieved excellence in the recording studio and on the concert stage.

The country star took the stage wearing his signature cowboy hat and boots to perform some of his hit songs.

Earlier, Killer Mike was honored with the inaugural Billboard Change Maker Award. He was chosen for being a leading champion of community activism, social justice and civil rights.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms introduced Killer Mike and a video highlighting the rapper's activism, which has included voter registration projects and speaking out against police brutality.

Killer Mike dedicated the win to his wife, Shana Render, who joined him from their home for his speech, in which he paid homage to young artists, his ancestors and everyone who has helped him along the way.

Post Malone took the coveted Top Artist award after he earned Top Male Artist.

"I'm blown away, I'm floored," Malone said onstage as he accepted the award. The 25-year-old was followed by En Vogue, who rocked the stage with "Free Your Mind" to close out the ceremony. Earlier in the evening, Malone delivered a cinematic performance of his song "Circles" and joined Tyla Yaweh for his track "Tommy Lee."

Additionally, South Korean boy band BTS gave viewers a performance of "Dynamite" from their home country.

The group, who won Top Social Artist during the ceremony, wore matching plum-colored suits on a big stage that had an airplane flying over it.

Demi Lovato gave a world premiere performance of her newly released song "Commander in Chief."

The politically charged track is a message to President Donald Trump, which Lovato performed while playing piano.

"Commander in Chief, honestly/ If I did the things you do/ I couldn't sleep, seriously/ Do you even know the truth?/ We're in a state of crisis, people are dyin'/ While you line your pockets deep/ Commander in Chief, how does it feel to still/ Be able to breathe," Lovato sang.

Earlier, John Legend gave an emotional performance of "Never Break."

Legend, who was wearing a white suit, dedicated the performance to his wife, Chrissy Teigen. This was Legend's first performance since Teigen suffered a pregnancy loss two weeks ago.

Luke Combs won Top Country Artist and performed "Better Together" onstage. Billie Eilish won two awards, the Top 200 Billboard Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and Top Female Artist. She told fans to please vote and wear a mask.

Alicia Keys took the stage for a performance of "Love Looks Better." Keys was sporting bangs and a sparkling outfit as she sang in front of a red background.

Lil Nas X won Top 100 Hot Song for "Old Town Road Remix," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. He teased a new album coming in 2021.

Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the event for the third year in a row, kicked off the ceremony with a cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."

Clarkson was joined onstage by Pentatonix, Shelia E. and video screens of fans watching virtually.

"We are celebrating the power of music, all music," the singer said.

Pedro Pascal shares first impressions of 'The Mandalorian,' Baby Yoda

Pedro Pascal says he predicted The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda would be a big hit with fans.

The 45-year-old actor discussed the Disney+ series in an interview with Variety published Wednesday.

The Mandalorian is a live-action series set in the Star Wars universe. Pascal plays the title character, Din Djarin, a role which requires him to wear armor and a helmet for virtually all of his time onscreen.

In the interview, Pascal recalled how series creator Jon Favreau showed him storyboards covering the arc of the first season during their initial meeting. Pascal said he immediately thought the show would be a success.

"I hope this doesn't sound like me fashioning myself like I'm, you know, so smart, but I agreed to do this [show] because the impression I had when I had my first meeting was that this is the next big [expletive]," the actor said.

Pascal said seeing The Child, a character fans have dubbed "Baby Yoda," in the storyboards reinforced his initial reaction to the show.

"Literally, my eyes following left to right, up and down, and boom, Baby Yoda close to the end of the first episode," he recalled. "That was when I was like, 'Oh, yep, that's a winner!"

Once on set, Pascal said it was sometimes challenging to hand over Mando's character to stunt performers.

"If there were more than just a couple pages of a one-on-one scene, I did feel uneasy about not, in some instances, being able to totally author that," the actor said. "But it was so easy in such a sort of practical and unexciting way for it to be up to them."

"When you're dealing with a franchise as large as this, you are such a passenger to however they're going to carve it out. It's just so specific. It's Star Wars," he added.

Pascal will reprise Mando in Season 2, which premieres Oct. 30 on Disney+. The streaming service released new posters for the season Monday featuring Mando and Baby Yoda.

In addition to Mando, Pascal known for playing Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones and Javier Peña on Narcos. He will portray Maxwell Lord in the upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984, which opens in theaters Dec. 25.

Pascal told Variety that playing Maxwell was a "special" role and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Gal Gadot, who portrays the title character, Diana Prince, discussed Wonder Woman 1984 in the November issue of Vanity Fair, saying the film speaks to the "danger in greed."