Showtime’s Dexter Announces Surprise Return After Seven-Year Gap

by Chris Haney
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On Wednesday, television network Showtime announced a surprise return of the serial killer drama Dexter as a new limited-run series after being off-air for seven years.

Additionally, the network also revealed Michael C. Hall – who starred in the title role for eight years from 2006 to 2013 – is coming back to reprise the famous role. The actor will be joined by showrunner Clyde Phillips who wrote and produced the show.

The original series is based on Hall’s Dexter Morgan character. Morgan is a complex character living a double life. He works for the Miami Police Department as a forensics expert and blood splatter analyst. However, Morgan also moonlights as a vigilante serial killer.

Showtime is bringing back the crime drama as a 10-part limited series. Production is planned to begin early next year, with hopes of a fall 2021 premiere date. The network shared the news on their social media accounts, saying “He’s back. #Dexter.”

Dexter Reboot Previously Discussed, Now a Reality

In the past, Hall stated that he had not closed the door on returning to the role he is so well-known for. As fans know, the show would not be the same with another actor portraying the lead role of Dexter Morgan. With Hall signed on for the new series, fans can rest assured knowing their favorite serial killer is back.

In 2015, Showtime CEO David Nevins mirrored Hall’s statement. Nevins said that Dexter was the only show he could see revamping for another run.

Co-President of Entertainment at Showtime Gary Levine said that the network’s decision to bring back the show is only because of a new creative take. In Levine’s words, he said the new scripts had to be “worthy,” and it sounds like they definitely are.

Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” Levine said. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series.  Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”

[H/T Deadline]