Great news for fans of actress Julie Benz of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dexter fame … I’m happy to pass along the news that she’s got a new job these days. Now, this report will come as a bit of spoiler for those of you who have yet to see the shocking season 4 finale ep of Dexter (which aired last month on Showtime) but it is happy news for Benz supporters (like me). Let’s just say that Julie will not be appearing in season 5 of Dexter … which is fine because, according to Entertainment Weekly, she scored a new role on the ABC hit drama Desperate Housewives:
Julie Benz has bounced back from her shocking Dexter departure with a major role on Desperate Housewives. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Benz — whose character, Rita, succumbed to the most horrific bubble bath in television history in last month’s Dexter finale — has been cast in the recurring role of Debbie, a stripper with a heart of gold and a Masters degree in education. When Susan offers her the chance to transition into a more legitimate career, Deb jumps at it. Benz is booked for at least three episodes, the first of which is scheduled to air in February.
Yay!! This is amazing news, I’m very pleased to know that Julie scored a new gig so quickly. As some of you may recall, I was able to speak directly with Julie Benz about the circumstances that occurred in the season 4 finale of Dexter (a conversation that you can listen to in full HERE) and she mentioned that it was her hope that her next job would be on a comedy. Desperate Housewives is technically a drama but I suppose it’s a funny drama. It’s a shame that Julie will only be on DH for 3 eps because her addition to the show is enough to make me start watching … perhaps her stint will turn into something more, therefore winning at least one new viewer. We shall see.