Looks like the end is closer for Dexter Morgan and his Dark Passenger than we previously thought.
Although the rough plan as of a couple of years ago was to end Showtime series Dexter after eight seasons, network president David Nevins swayed on that decision at the 2013 Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles last January, noting that if they were going to end the show with this upcoming season, we would know ahead of time.
“I will clarify before Dexter goes on the air for this next season,” he said. “There’s a clear end game in place. I’m just not – I can’t talk about it just yet.”
In the end, the news didn’t come from Nevins but from someone even higher up — CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves. The man, who famously turned the Eye around and whipped NBC from its former glory, told investors at the Deutsche Bank’s 2013 dbAccess Media, Internet & Telecom Conference that Dexter’s eighth season would definitely be its last.
With the way the show’s storylines have been panning out, having a series finale sooner rather than later would allow Dexter and series star Michael C. Hall to exit on a high note, rather than have writers script the lead character into yet another corner, only to have him miraculously pull himself out and start fresh with a new Big Bad.
For the first time in the series’ history, it kicks off this summer rather than fall, serving as the lead-in to Showtime’s next highly anticipated project, Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber on June 30.
Both series are expected to air on The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada.