Dexter Returns For Limited-Series Revival – Due In Late 2021

Dexter is due to return next year following a decision from Showtime to order a limited-series revival, according to Deadline. The original run of the show wrapped (pardon the obvious pun), in September 2013 with its eighth season, as Michael C. Hall’s title character faked his death out at sea following his sister’s tragic demise, leaving his son Harrison with his love interest Hannah McKay, and settled for a new life at a lumber company in Oregon.

Along with former showrunner Clyde Phillips, this ten-part limited series is due to go into production in early 2021, and is anticipated for a premiere date in late 2021. The series will likely pick up the events following the original finale, “Remember The Monsters”, an episode that, fair to say, polarized the opinions of audiences.

The Co-President of Entertainment at Showtime, Gary Levine described Dexter as “such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for 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.”

The concept of a new story beyond the show’s run is an interesting one. I imagine the story will likely focus heavily on the absence of Deb, Dexter’s sister, following her death in the series finale, an engaging premise in itself. But the show will need to pull something special out of the hat to avoid repeating the same narrative traps that left Dexter feeling somewhat lifeless toward the end, despite a refreshing and genuinely enthralling penultimate seventh season. 

The production team behind Dexter is made up of Showtime and executive producers Phillips, Hall, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Bill Carraro, and Scott Reynolds.

Matt Bailey

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