After seven long years, Michael C. Hall is all set to reprise his award-winning titular role in the ‘Dexter’ revival.
Based on the novel “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay, ‘Dexter’ was one of the most popular crime drama television series to have ever been developed for Showtime. The award-winning series ran for 8 enormously successful seasons between 2006 and 2013. Starring Michael C. Hall in the lead role, ‘Dexter’ opened to positive critical review and gained mass popularity through its seasons. The series had an evident cultural impact in America as it churned out comic books, games, merchandise, and even a music album! Over the years, fans have hoped for the revival of the show and it is finally happening! ‘Dexter’ is making its return as a limited series.
- Dexter: The serial killer everyone loved
- Showtime’s lucky charm?
- The Dexter revival: Everything we know yet
‘Dexter’: The serial killer everyone loved
Set in Miami, ‘Dexter’ revolved around Dexter Morgan, a forensic technician working with the city’s police department. At the age of 3, Dexter saw his mother get brutally murdered and over the years started leading a double life working in forensics at one hand, and as a vigilante who killed heinous criminals who escaped the legal system on the other. Dexter was shown to be extremely circumspect and disposed of the bodies of the people he killed with the utmost caution, utilizing his knowledge of forensics. The series focused greatly on the emotional and psychological state of Dexter and the evolution of his character with time.
Hall’s portrayal of Dexter was so extra-ordinary that it won him a Golden Globe Award, a Saturn Award, a Satellite Award, and even a Screen Actors Guild Award. The hit television show also spun out an animated web series titled ‘Dexter: Early Cuts’ in 2009. Marvel Comics released a limited series of ‘Dexter’ comic book in 2013. The comics were written by author Jeff Lindsay and drawn by Dalihbor Talajic.
After years of waiting, fans finally received great news in October 2020 when Showtime announced that it was bringing ‘Dexter’ back as a 10-episode long limited series.
Showtime’s lucky charm?
Developed by James Manos Jr., ‘Dexter’ became a rating mammoth in no time. The series gave showtime some of the highest ratings it had ever seen. The final season i.e. season 8 of the series premiered to a viewership of 3 million viewers, drew 2.8 million people for the finale episode, the biggest viewership in Showtime’s history. Even the animated spin-off went on for 3 popular seasons.
Despite having set off some copycat killings because of its mass impact, the series successfully remained Showtime’s golden child over the years.
The revival: Everything we know yet
On October 14th, 2020, it was announced that Showtime had ordered a 10-episode long revival of the hit show in the format of a limited series. Clyde Phillips will be serving as the showrunner and the revival will go into production in early 2021. The final season saw Dexter faking his death and living under a new name in Oregon after he wrecked his boat and escaped from the hospital with the body of his sister, who had been shot and left in a coma. It is yet to be announced whether the revival will be a continuation of the original series and if the rest of the former cast will join Hall again. Phillips and Hall will also be the executive producers for the new show.
Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment at Showtime said in an interview that they were ready to bring the “unique” character back.
“Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago. 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.”
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