Fans of the critically acclaimed crime drama Dexter can start rejoicing, even as a limited series of the show has been ordered by Showtime. Before you ask, yes Michael C. Hall will be returning to play the titular role of a forensic bloodstain expert who leads a parallel life as serial killer hunting down serial killers. Dexter had run for eight strong seasons from 2006 to 2013 before being taken off the air.
The limited series of Dexter has roped in original showrunner Clyde Phillips as well. The 10-episode stint is scheduled to go into production in early 2021 and the makers are even planning a fall debut for the series. Plot details, however, have been kept a secret for now, just like news about whether the remaining cast will be joining Hall or not.
Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment for Showtime said, “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. 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!”
Dexter had premiered for the first time on October 1, 2006. The first season was an adaptation of the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. Although there were subsequent novels in the series, the further seasons were not adaptations of them and had evolved independently of his involvement.
Throughout its entire run, Dexter was nominated for a total of 24 Primetime Emmy Awards. These include four nominations in a row for Outstanding Drama Series, from 2008 to 2011. Moreover, Michael C. Hall was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series five times in a row, from 2008 to 2012. In addition, the show has also been nominated for a total of ten Golden Globes, of which it has won two.
It was in April 2013, a few months before the premiere of the eighth season that Showtime announced that season eight would be the last one for Dexter. Its premiere was the most-watched Dexter episode ever, with more than 3 million viewers total for all airings that night. Moreover, the original broadcast of the series finale on September 22 had managed to draw 2.8 million viewers, making it the largest overall audience in Showtime’s history.
The upcoming Dexter limited series will be produced by Showtime itself, while the executive producer duties will be handled by Clyde Phillips, Michael C. Hall, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Bill Carraro and Scott Reynolds. So as we wait for its release next year, it’s a good time now to start a rewatch of the entire show.