When "Dexter" was renewed for a seventh and eighth season in November of 2011, many assumed that the show's final arc had been set -- except that Showtime has refused to confirm the now upcoming eighth season, set to start on Sunday, June 30, as the last. However, Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of Showtime's parent company CBS Corp., has been less hesitant. According to Broadcast & Cable and Entertainment Weekly, he referred to the upcoming season of "Dexter" as the final one at a conference yesterday: "We have Ray Donovan coming on, with Liev Schreiber, which comes on with Dexter‘s last season starting in June."
Slip up or spilling of the beans? Showtime has elected not to comment on or confirm Moonves' statement. While the series does seem to running on fumes, narratively, its ratings were higher this past season than ever, making the prospect of a semi-graceful exit a little less certain. It's obviously a valuable property for Showtime, and one they're using to boost and draw attention to a new, untested series. "Homeland" has become a hit and an award-magnet for the network, but with "Weeds" over and "Dexter" coasting toward a yet-undetermined end, it's going to have to bear the burden of being the network's flagship series.