For eight seasons, beloved serial killer Dexter thrilled and delighted us with his surgically macabre activities, crescendoing in a fairly agreeable series finale in 2013. However, news this morning confirms that the Miami-based forensic technician isn’t finished with us yet.
Showtime, the home of the show’s original production, has confirmed that Dexter has been revived for a limited series run, with filming set to begin at the top of 2021 to make way for an end of 2021 premiere (pandemic allowing). It’s been reported that the network has booked ten episodes and, as if it could be any other way, Michael C. Hall will be reprising the roll along with his counterpart, original showrunner Clyde Phillips.
The return of the incredibly successful show’s heart (Phillips) and soul (Hall) appears to have been imperative to the revival of the now iconic character. As Per Deadline, Gary Levine, Co-President of Entertainment at Showtime, was only willing to commit to the project if the character was as “unique” as in the original series.
“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 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.”
Without getting too far into spoiler territory, the last season of Dexter wrapped things up fairly nicely with the lead appearing to be moving on with his life. Looking back now, it did also provide some fertile ground for the quirks and charms of Old Man Dexter to be played out.