Serial killer Dexter Morgan is returning to cable television eight years after the series officially ended. The last time we saw Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall, he was going into hiding in the Pacific Northwest. Showtime has ordered a 10-episode Dexter limited series, which will be developed by original showrunner Clyde Phillips.

The show is expected to be a continuation of the original, eight-season series, which ended in 2013 when Dexter went into exile. Production is set to begin early next year for a planned fall 2021 premiere. In the series finale, Dexter was separated from his son Harrison and lost his sister Debra. After faking his death, Dexter went to work for a lumber company in Oregon under a new identity.

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“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,” said Showtime Entertainment president Gary Levine. “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.”

Given that the finale was rather open-ended, it is safe to assume that there is still a lot more murder ahead for Dexter, though without access to the police department, it is bound to be a much different avenger story. In 2014, Showtime head David Nevins said the network would only move forward with the show if Hall was involved.

During his run, Dexter earned three Emmy nominations for best drama series and four Writers Guild Award nominations in the same category. Hall received five consecutive lead acting Emmy nominations for his role and won Golden Globe and SAG Awards in 2010. His recent credits include Netflix’s Safe and The Report.

The show is the latest in a series of Showtime reboots, which have included Twin Peaks: The Return, The L Word: Generation Q and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which was canceled after one season. Meanwhile, Starz is developing a sequel to former Showtime series Weeds with producer Lionsgate TV.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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