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by Alison Willmore
March 5, 2013 1:10 PM
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The Next Season of 'Dexter' Will Be the Show's Last (at Least According to Les Moonves)

Randy Tepper/Showtime Michael C. Hall and James Remar in 'Dexter'

The seventh season of "Dexter" wrapped on December 16, having introduced one major change that somehow didn't end up feeling all that different by the finale's end. The long life that "Dexter" has enjoyed on Showtime hasn't done the show any favors in terms of its need to maintain the status quo of its premise -- Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is a forensics expert by day, serial killer by night who always has to be on the verge of being exposed without actually being exposed, because that would disrupt the series. It's one of the reason's the show's felt stuck in stasis in the last few years, even with the recent developments involving Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) -- no serious consequences could come for Dexter until an end was in sight.

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.

18 Comments

  • melly | March 30, 2013 6:31 AMReply

    Although I love shows like homeland and shameless etc... There are other shows like them! Dexter is the only one of it's kind (that I know of) I don't know if any other serial killing blood spatter express, please don't take it away from us. Every show has it's seasons that aren't as good as the others, that will always be, that's no reason to discontinue it! We still want to watch it! Please! Lol xx

  • melly | March 30, 2013 6:34 AM

    *experts

  • melly | March 30, 2013 6:30 AMReply

    Although I love shows like homeland and shameless etc... There are other shows like them! Dexter is the only one of it's kind (that I know of) I don't know if any other serial killing blood spatter express, please don't take it away from us. Every show has it's seasons that aren't as good as the others, that will always be, that's no reason to discontinue it! We still want to watch it! Please! Lol xx

  • DJ | March 7, 2013 7:27 AMReply

    "Stuck in stasis" and "running on fumes" — really, Alison?? Were you watching the same show I was this season? You know this is the live-action show Dexter, not the cartoon one about the kid with the same name, right? I realize it's a little confusing, because they both have annoying kid sisters, and both mess around in a lab.

    Dexter is as good as it's ever been, although most hardcore fans knew it could only end one way, and that the stories which they'd be able to do when being forced to wrap up the show for good might just blow every previous season out of the water. So this news, while bittersweet, is also something I'll be looking forward to.

  • Musehobo | March 6, 2013 10:41 AMReply

    Anyone love the idea of having a season of Dexter on the run, making his way across the U.S., trying to get into Canada or something?

  • Ari | March 5, 2013 10:36 PMReply

    At least try to hide you your bias when reporting.... I happened to like this past season quite alot. In fact I loved this season AND season 6.....The ratings were high because Dexter is still great. The only season that really underwhelmed me was 5

  • Ken | March 5, 2013 10:21 PMReply

    Season 7 was a much better season than 6. Yvonne Strahovski was an excellent addition. I'll have to see how Season 8 opens before I decide as to whether or not it's jumped the shark or not. At the very least, I think they are in early stages of considering a jump attempt. I'm looking forward to this being the last season and hope it goes out on top.

  • Ken | March 5, 2013 10:20 PMReply

    Season 7 was a much better season than 6. Yvonne Strahovski was an excellent addition. I'll have to see how Season 8 opens before I decide as to whether or not it's jumped the shark or not. At the very least, I think they are in early stages of considering a jump attempt. I'm looking forward to this being the last season and hope it goes out on top.

  • Apple | March 5, 2013 9:34 PMReply

    Why, like the writer of this article, is everyone so obsessed with things having to end? If Dexter is having a ratings high 7 years in. Clearly, it isn't running on fumes and could enjoy many more seasons with twists and turns.

    One of the reasons AMC kicked out the last two show runners of The Walking Dead is because they wanted to end game it. Let the show go as long as it can creatively.

    Not everything has to have a death date on it.

    Long live Dexter!

  • KS | March 6, 2013 11:33 AM

    They were not kicked out - they left on their own primarily because AMC did not give them enough airtime to flesh out what they wanted. As for this article, Dexter will keep going until it stops making money or the writers find a good finale, such as Deb being killed and Dex gets revenge throughout the course of a season.

  • Arch | March 5, 2013 5:29 PMReply

    7th season was a clear improvement after a disappointing season 6 (nice try to deal with religion, but it's a dumb move to do it lightly and follow the trends), mostly because of Yvonne Strahovski and Ray Stevenson's characters and performances.
    It's true that the big secret didn't change "much" but it was nice to see that Debra basically had a season "for herself", not as a sister or a girlfriend. And actually Carpenter delivered quite a great performance too dealing with Debra's issues (previous seasons were mostly about her pottymouth and crying).

    So the show could go on with interesting new characters and villains (see season five as a blueprint) but on the other hand I would agree it may be a good idea to "plan" a way out before running around in circle.

  • Jezza | March 5, 2013 5:25 PMReply

    To the author: Are you missing something in the 3rd paragraph, 3rd sentence? MayBE?

  • KS | March 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    Oops, she.

  • KS | March 6, 2013 11:33 AM

    He was on "fumes" heh

  • Kevin | March 5, 2013 5:24 PMReply

    As long as there isn't a Dexter movie (facepalm).

  • Larry Bird | March 5, 2013 5:22 PMReply

    @jaws

    Her opinion is spot on..,,the show hasn't been great since season 4.....season 5 and 6 were garbage.....season 7 was decent..,especially given how bad the two before it were

  • Alice | March 5, 2013 4:49 PMReply

    I have Showtime for Shameless and Homeland. Farewell, Dexter.

  • Jawsphobia | March 5, 2013 4:48 PMReply

    ALISON WILLMORE should keep the personal opinions to herself. Just stick to the facts. Many fans like myself happen to think Dexter has been taking excellent risks and raising the stakes better than anything currently on TV. It actually lives up to the challenge of the premise and has not yet jumped the proverbial shark.