Showtime Pulls Plug on Long-Running Series THR
Showtime revealed its plan to shut down a long-running series that has been a staple on the pay-cable channel. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the channel made it official it will end “Dexter” after the upcoming season eight.
Showtime released a two-minute sneak peek video announcing “’Dexter’: The Final Season.” (See below for the video.) The drama series stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter.
The announcement is not a surprise, after CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves said in March that the show would wrap this year. But Showtime execs waited until today to go public with their plans.
In a statement released today, Showtime Chairman and CEO Matt Blank said: "When it debuted in 2006, ‘Dexter’ redefined the genre by taking the anti-hero to new heights and pushing the boundaries of the television landscape, ‘Dexter’ paved the way for the next generation of award-winning hit Showtime series and its cultural impact will be felt for years to come."
David Nevins, Showtime president of entertainment, commented: "’Dexter’ is a landmark franchise for our network and we cannot wait to unveil the conclusion of this series as we know it to the millions of passionate fans who have supported the show season after season. We'd like to thank Michael, Jennifer and ‘Dexter's’ indomitable cast, executive producers, writers and crew for eight incredible seasons."
The THR report notes: “Showtime will use ‘Dexter’ -- which was renewed a year ago for seasons seven and eight -- as a launching pad for ‘Ray Donovan,’ moving up its premiere from fall to summer for the first time come June. Season eight -- which will include the return of Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah -- will bow June 30 on Showtime.”
Here’s a sneak peek at season eight: