NuvoTV will begin airing Dexter beginning January 13, 2014 — airing uncut all eight seasons of the serial killer drama that ended its original run on Showtime in September with record viewership numbers. The content licensing agreement unveiled today is the second part of what likely will be a three-part syndication plan that we’re hearing will include a third basic cable window. The main part of the deal came in October, when Netflix announced it had struck a deal with CBS to stream Dexter – the first four seasons became available on the streaming series October 31, with Seasons 5-8 coming online January 1. NuvoTV is an interesting fit for the series, whose Miami setting and several Latino castmembers — among them Lauren Velez, David Zayas, Angel Juan Marcos Batista, Aimee Garcia, Christian Camargo, Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits — jibe well with the English-language network’s self-described “modern Latino” audience. The network has been boosting up its original programming plans for the next year, most recently inking a development deal with Mario Lopez to continue his series One-On-One, greenlight his new one Salsa In The City and create three more new shows.
Just in time for Halloween — and two days after Ted Sarandos’ throwdown with theater owners — Netflix has struck a deal with CBS to stream Showtime‘s serial killer drama Dexter. The first four seasons will be available for instant viewing starting October 31, with Seasons 5-8 following on January 1. Dexter‘s series finale wrapped up in September drawing record ratings for Showtime. “We’re thrilled to have Dexter, one of Showtime’s highest-rated shows on Netflix, and so quickly after it completed its record-breaking run,” said Sarandos. The Halloween debut invites binge viewing on a Thursday leading into the moviegoing weekend. Will Ender’s Game, Free Birds, and Last Vegas fall victim to Dexter Morgan?
Dexter showrunner Scott Buck is staying in business with Showtime. At TCA today, the pay cable network announced that it has signed a rare overall deal with Buck for new projects as Dexter is wrapping its eight-season run. “We made the deal to keep him in the family,” Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins said. He later hinted at what Buck may be tackling under his overall deal. Asked whether a Dexter spinoff is still in the works, Nevins responded, “Of course. We just signed a deal with Scott Buck, draw your conclusions.”
After the session, Nevins clarified that “there is nothing actually happening” on a spinoff and no options on cast members have been extended. A follow-up series won’t necessarily be a spinoff. “All options will be explored,” Nevins said. “We’re really not dealing with it at all until we’re through this season and maybe a while thereafter.” He later added to confusion with, “I don’t know that there will ever be a spinoff. It could well never happen.”
It was a wake for a serial killer as Comic-Con bid farewell to Dexter tonight in the huge Hall H. With the confab fave and Showtime flagship series in its eighth and final season, producers and cast said they still haven’t gotten their heads around the show being over. “I don’t think everyone has processed it yet,” executive producer Sara Colleton said today. “I don’t think it’s hit any of us that it is over,” she added. Panelists revealed that filming on the last episode wrapped last week. Dexter Morgan himself, Michael C. Hall, said he didn’t think the end of the show would hit him for at least six months. Having said that, despite numerous probing attempts from the audience in their questions, nothing was really revealed about how the show will end. What was revealed is that Dexter is going to be on sale this fall. It was announced from the panel that the final season of Dexter would be available on DVD and Blu-ray on November 5, as will a full-series box set. Season 8 debuted June 30 on Showtime with a record-breaking 2.4 million viewers. The premiere continued Dexter’s unbroken season opener ratings growth since its 2006 debut. “In 25 years there will be a new series called Harrison and Dexter will have died and I will be his dead internalized father,” joked Hall to the almost-standing-room-only hall about a spinoff series based on the character’s son.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael C. Hall, whose final season as Showtime’s signature serial killer Dexter starts June 30, has just landed the lead role in Cold In July. That’s the feature adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel that will be directed by Jim Mickle, whose horror film We Are What We Are just played at the Cannes Film Festival. He plays the protagonist Richard Dane, who shoots and kills an armed burglar in his living room. It’s a clear-cut case of self defense to everyone but the burglar’s father, who vows Old Testament-style eye-for-an-eye justice. Here, that means son for son. The cops, the feds, and the Dixie mafia all play a part in the ensuing mayhem. The picture was introduced at Cannes by Paris-based Backup Media and Memento Films International, which are financing.
Hall most recently starred in John Krokidas’s Kill Your Darlings, playing David Kammerer, the older former professor obsessed with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Sony Pictures Classics has a fall release planned for the Beat Generation drama that also stars Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. Hall is separately developing and exec producing American Dream Machine, a series adaptation of Matthew Specktor’s novel about a talent agent and his troubled sons – two generations of Hollywood royalty — for Showtime. Dexter showrunner Scott Buck will supervise the pilot script, which Specktor is writing. Hall …
Yesterday’s official announcement that the upcoming eighth season of Dexter will be its last was two years in the making. When Showtime gave the veteran drama a two-year renewal in 2011, the network’s entertainment president David Nevins noted that that was likely going to be the end. “We wanted to leave open the possibility for a change if something creatively came up,” Nevins said in an interview today. “Once we ended last season and did some of the creative conversations between seasons, it became clear the time was right (to end the series).” There was no point over the past two years where extending Dexter beyond Season 8 was seriously considered. And the “basic end game scenario” sketched going into Season 7, has remained pretty much intact, Nevins said. While made before Season 8 went into production, the decision was kept quiet (save for CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves’ slip) to make the official announcement closer to the season premiere date.
While Dexter will end with the upcoming eighth season, that won’t necessarily be the end of the franchise, with a spinoff series a possibility. “There are all sorts of possibilities,” Nevins said, adding that “all kinds of ideas have been discussed but there is nothing happening right now.” There are no plans to use any of the episodes in the upcoming season of Dexter to set up a potential spinoff, and no Dexter cast members have deals for potential off-shoot series. “This season is about this season playing out the trajectory of the Dexter character,” Nevins said.
Showtime today finally confirmed that its flagship drama Dexter will end its run with its upcoming eighth season. “When it debuted in 2006, Dexter redefined the genre, by taking the anti-hero to new heights and pushing the boundaries of the television landscape,” said Showtime Networks chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank. “Dexter paved the way for the next generation of award-winning hit Showtime series, and its cultural impact will be felt for years to come.” In addition to breaking ratings records, something the veteran series continued to do even in its most recent seventh season, Dexter has been a great launching pad for Showtime. It helped establish Homeland as a hit, serving as a lead-in for the terrorism drama’s first two seasons. And now Dexter is tasked again to launch a new series with its final season, which will lead into new drama Ray Donovan. It premieres June 30 at 9 PM. The end game of Dexter was mapped out two years ago when Showtime closed a two-year deal with series star Michael C. Hall after difficult negotiations and gave the drama a two-season renewal to wrap its story. Showtime brass never publicly confirmed the plan so it could be announced closer to the final-season premiere for bigger impact, though CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves let the “secret” slip last month when he talked about “Dexter‘s last season starting in June” at an investor conference. …
In his call to investors today CBS head Les Moonves referred to the upcoming eighth season of Showtime’s Dexter as its “last season”, supporting speculation that the series is approaching its end. Showtime President David Nevins hinted at an “end-game” during January’s TCAs, and in a Q&A session at Deutsche Bank’s 2013 dbAccess Media, Internet & Telecom Conference today moderator Douglas Mitchelson asked Moonves about the network’s plans post-Dexter. “Ray Donovan is coming on with Liev Schreiber which comes on with Dexter‘s last season starting in June”, said Moonves. “And then we have Masters of Sex, a story of Masters and Johnson, which is a very exciting show. A show that you wouldn’t see on CBS but it works on Showtime. And that comes behind Homeland in September. And just announced, we’re doing a series about the Vatican, which I think is rather timely, which Ridley Scott is directing for us. So we’re very excited about that”. Dexter returns for its eighth season on June 30, 2013.
Aimee Garcia (Trauma) has been promoted to a series regular on the Showtime drama Dexter. She will reprise her recurring role as young graduate student Jamie Batista, Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) nanny and Angel Batista’s (David Zayas) little sister. Production on the upcoming eighth and possibly final season of Dexter starts shortly for a summer launch. Garcia currently recurs on CBS’ freshman drama Vegas and will next be seen starring in MGM’s RoboCop reboot. She is repped by Paradigm, Thruline and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Patrick Flanery has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming eighth season of Showtime‘s hit serial killer drama Dexter. He will play Jacob Elroy, the ex-cop owner of a private investigation company in Miami. Earlier this month, Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins would not say whether Dexter‘s upcoming eighth season would be its last as had been widely expected before the veteran found creative rejuvenation and hit ratings highs in Season 7. “I think I will clarify before Dexter goes on the air for this next season (in June),” Nevins said. “There’s a clear end game in place.” It is unclear whether the Elroy character would be part of that end game. Flanery, repped by Inphenate and attorney Todd Rubenstein, will next be seen in the features Phantom and Broken Horses.
With Dexter headed into Season 8 and Californication into Season 6, attention understandably is focused on Showtime’s plans for ending the two series. Both series have found a second wind, hitting some of their best ratings in their most recent seasons. The two-year pickup of Dexter for Seasons 7 and 8 was unofficially billed as the serial killer drama’s final act. But, at Showtime’s TCA session today, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins stopped short of committing to an end date for the show. “We’re not making any announcements today about when Dexter will end,” he said, adding, “I think I will clarify before Dexter goes on this season (in June). We have clear end game in place, I can’t talk about it just yet.” Just how important Dexter has been to Showtime? “Dexter to Showtime is what Batman is to Warner Bros., it is a cornerstone franchise,” Nevins said.
Having a set end point is not as critical for Dexter‘s companion Homeland, Nevins said. “It is a show that is incredibly changeable if you haven’t noticed,” he said. “I think it’s got a really long life, it is on the rise, like Dexter.” While he admitted that he agrees with some of the criticism about the recent second season, Nevins said he personally liked it. “It started really strong and ended really strong,” he said. …
Showtime’s 2013 Schedule: ‘Dexter’ Moves To Summer, Will Launch ‘Ray Donovan’; ‘Homeland’ Paired With ‘Masters Of Sex’
At TCA today, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins laid out the pay cable network’s scheduling plans for the rest of 2013. The biggest change is the decision to separate veteran Dexter and Homeland, which have been paired since Homeland‘s launch in fall 2011, helping both shows break ratings records. “Dexter has proved incredibly valuable as a launch pad for Homeland,” Nevins said. “Our plan is to harness (the success) and use the shows to launch the next generation of Showtime drama series.”
Dexter will get on the air earlier than usual, on June 30 at 9 PM, serving as a lead-in for new crime drama Ray Donovan. The early return has not affected production on Dexter. “There is no less production time, just a little less vacation time between the seasons,” Nevins dais, adding that the drama’s producers and cast had gotten enough lead time to adjust to the scheduling change.
On Sept. 29, “we are employing our crown jewel Homeland to launch Masters Of Sex,” Showtime’s new drama about real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Nevins said.
Here are month-by-month highlights of Showtime’s original programming slate for the rest of 2013:
“Everyone was writing our obituary” a few years ago when Showtime cut back on theatrical films and filled more air time with original shows, CEO Matt Blank tells Bloomberg Television today. But with shows such as Dexter and Homeland setting ratings records at the network, and movies becoming more ubiquitous, “they’re not writing our obituary anymore.”