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'Dexter': John Lithgow to kill in threes

May 27, 2009 | 12:28 pm

Like the third season of "Dexter," the fourth will feature a long-term guest star, only instead of Jimmy Smits playing an assistant district attorney, John Lithgow will portray a character planted decidedly on the other side of the law.

According to Showtime's press release, "Lithgow will play Walter Simmons, an unassuming, mild-mannered suburbanite who has been living a dual life as one of America’s most prolific and deadliest serial killers. Dubbed the 'Trinity Killer' because of his proclivity to kill in threes, he relocates to Miami after being tracked by FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine). Brought on to assist in the investigation of Miami’s latest serial killer, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) becomes fascinated with Trinity’s killing methods and his ability to evade capture for almost three decades."

Lithgow will be featured in all 12 episodes of Season 4, which is scheduled to premiere Sunday, Sept. 27, on Showtime.

While Lithgow has acted in as much drama as he has comedy, here's hoping that he's allowed to utilize a bit of his comic experience on "Dexter," which tends to be at its best when it employs gallows humor.

— Claire Zulkey