Sometimes Hollywood presents us with a true gift. These can range from the reset of the Halloween franchise courtesy of David Gordon Green and Blumhouse Productions to the sweet magic of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in a Linklater Before film. These are the bits of starlight and magic that fuels the fire for our mutual love of all things pop culture. Another gift dropped from the heavens late yesterday afternoon with the announcement by Showtime of the return of one of the better shows in episodic television history: Dexter.
As first reported on by those blood slide hoarding Jeff Lindsay fans over at The Hollywood Reporter, Dexter – the 2006-2013 Showtime crime drama that followed serial killer/blood spatter analyst with a heart of gold Dexter Morgan (a beyond brilliant Michael C. Hall) – will be returning to seek out any and all ne’er do well’s eight years after the final season wrapped.
Showtime has ordered a ten episode revival of Dexter, with original showrunner Clyde Phillips (who knocked the fan favorite season 4 of the show – the Trinity plotline – out of the ever-lovin’ ballpark) returning along with Michael C. Hall as our titular anti-hero. The show has been the focus of much speculation and rumor since it left the air, with most fans expressing a desire to see new storylines that would continue the story of Dexter and his Dark Passenger. Hall, for his part, has resisted many overtures over the years for a reprisal of one of his most famous roles, always asking for patience as he and the producers and showrunners hash out possible scenarios for the former Miami Metro lab geek.
In a statement to the media, Showtime Entertainment Big Kahuna Gary Levine said that “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 co-star and – SPOILER ALERT – victim of Season 8’s Big Bad Jennifer Carpenter reacted to the announcement via Instagram, saying “I hope you saved a lil’ room for one more round.” Yes, that shrieking sound you hear right about now Ladies and Gents is not Vince Masuka walking into a strip club but rather is ye olde writer – one of the biggest Dexter geeks ever – melting into a puddle of excitement and anticipation. AHEM. Composure; I got this.
Production on this new season of Dexter is set for early in 2021 with a fall of ’21 drop date.
Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall will executive produce this revival along with Scott Reynolds, Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn and Bill Carraro.