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TCA: Scott Buck Inks Overall Deal With Showtime, To Shepherd ‘Dexter’ Spinoff?

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.”

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Comic-Con: ‘Dexter’ Teases With Seventh Season Footage, Yvonne Strahovski

The upcoming seventh season of Dexter sees the Miami serial killer busted by his own sister, Comic-Con fans learned today. A brief look (see below) at the opening minutes of the upcoming Showtime series’ next-to-last season showed Dexter Morgan caught by his homicide detective foster sibling Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) as he cuts up the series’ Travis character. After trying to talk his way out of the situation, the forensic analyst finally seems to lose his cool when Debra goes to call in the incident. That’s when the screen went black and the crowd went wild. Otherwise, despite a lengthy Q&A from adoring fans, cast members Michael C. Hall, Carpenter, and executive producer Scott Buck kept pretty quiet about what the new season will bring. What was not quiet was that Yvonne Strahovski, the former Chuck co-star, would be joining the show this year as Hanna. Described by the actress, who was also on the panel, as “a woman of mystery who meets Dexter and helps him with an old murder investigation,” the Hanna character seemed to be a pivotal figure in the season. “I can’t say more, there are lots of things I’m not allowed to say or I’ll get in trouble,” said Strahovski. She did say that while she had … Read More »

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CAA Signs Slew Of Seasoned TV Writer-Producers And Directors

Nellie Andreeva

CAA has added several experienced TV writer-producers to its roster. The recent signings include:

Dexter executive producer/showrunner Scott Buck, previously co-executive producer on HBO’s Rome and Six Feet Under. He was with WME.

Emmy-winning former Frasier executive producer/co-showrunner Joe Keenan, most recently executive producer/consulting producer on ABC’s Desperate Housewives for the past four years. He was with UTA.

Cynthia Cidre, writer/executive producer of TNT’s Dallas reboot, which is shooting a pilot. She previously created and executive produced the CBS series Cane. Cidre was with UTA. She was managed by Ann Blanchard who recently joined CAA.

Desperate Housewives co-executive producer Dave Flebotte, previously executive producer on NBC’s Will & Grace. He was with UTA.

Former New York-based playwright Tim Lea, most recently co-executive producer on Fox’s Lie to Me. He was with ICM.

On the producer-director side, CAA’s new clients are:

Documentary filmmaker and TV producer RJ Cutler, currently executive producer on the HBO pilot Spring/Fall starring Tea Leoni. He was with WME and also managed by Blanchard.

Emmy-nominated director Ian Toynton (24), currently executive producer on Fox’s Bones. He was with Paradigm.

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Scott Buck Tapped As ‘Dexter’ Showrunner

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There will be a change at the helm of Showtime’s flagship drama Dexter for its upcoming sixth season. The series’ executive producer Scott Buck has been named new showrunner. He will succeed Chip Johannessen, who ran the show last season. Dexter‘s fifth season, which concluded on Sunday, ranks as the highest-rated season of the drama series to date, averaging more than 5 million viewers per week on TV and on-demand. And while Johannessen is well regarded, the feeling was that Buck, who had been on the show since the second season, serving as No.2 to Johannessen and previous showrunner Clyde Phillips, was ready to take the reins of the series, which landed several Golden Globe and SAG nominations this week. Buck also has had great rapport with the show’s writers, all of whom are returning next season. Buck joined Dexter at the beginning of Season 2 as a co-executive producer and was upped to executive producer at the beginning of Season 4. He has written or co-written the last three season finales, including the one that aired on Sunday. Before Dexter, WME-repped Buck was a writer/producer on HBO’s Six Feet Under.

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