Showtime has spilled yet more more blood in the wake of nixing Let The Right One In, American Gigolo, and others.
The network has cancelled Dexter: New Blood after one season, following its January 9, 2022 premiere.
Showtime, which will be rolled into Paramount+ later this year, has opted not to move forward with the planned Season 2 of the continuation.
The cancellation comes despite the relative popularity of the series on the cable network, averaging 8 million weekly viewers and ranking as the most watched series in Showtime history.
Will the series find new life elsewhere?
According to reports, the merged network “is exploring a number of new iterations of Dexter, including a prequel series centered around a young version of the titular antihero.”
Despite skepticism about the prospect of a Dexter origin series, Showtime has today announced a straight-to-series order for the new drama tentatively titled Dexter: Origins, to be executive produced by Emmy nominee Clyde Phillips.
Based upon the Emmy-nominated hit series Dexter that starred Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall, Dexter: Origins “will dramatize young Dexter Morgan at the outset of his transition into the avenging serial killer he would become. Set in the Miami that was a hotbed of real serial killers of his time, the show will begin as Dexter graduates college to join Miami Metro, where he meets younger versions of many of the characters we came to know in the original DEXTER. And, of course, the show will also focus on Dexter’s family, including a very-much-alive Harry and a very formidable, teenage Deb.”
Showtime has also announced plans for a “new version” of Dexter: New Blood, which “depicts the ongoing emergence of Dexter’s son Harrison.”
The cable network isn’t done there. Showtime is also “exploring projects based on other characters from the Dexter universe, such as the makings of the notorious Trinity Killer originally played by Emmy winner John Lithgow.”
Commenting on the news, Showtime said:
“The Dexter saga has been an undeniable creative and popular success for Showtime, both in its original, groundbreaking form and the record-setting Dexter: New Blood. The series is a rich foundation for other shows in the lane of complex, subversive antiheroes that Showtime has always done so brilliantly. Clyde is deep into compelling stories and characters that will satisfy the cravings of our multifaceted audience.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about exploring and expanding the universe of Dexter. It’s a privilege to contemplate going even deeper with these complex and iconic characters – and the stories, themes and possibilities they inspire. I’m thrilled that Chris and my friends at Showtime want me to help them grow this truly unique and amazingly successful franchise.”
Dexter: Origins is expected to premiere in 2024 at the earliest.
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Dexter: New Blood TV Series Information
Showtime has cancelled Dexter: New Blood after one season. However, the premium cable network has announced a straight-to-series order for prequel series Dexter: Origins, along with plans for other Dexter universe-expanding series.
Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the series finds him living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger beckons. Joining Hall, the cast also includes Julia Jones (The Mandalorian), Alano Miller (Sylvie's Love), Johnny Sequoyah (Believe), Jack Alcott (THE GOOD LORD BIRD) and Clancy Brown (The Crown, BILLIONS). Reuniting Hall with original series showrunner Clyde Phillips, DEXTER: NEW BLOOD is currently in production on 10 one-hour episodes in Western Massachusetts.
The eight-season run of the original DEXTER premiered in the fall of 2006 and starred Hall as Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer. The show became one of the most acclaimed series on television, earning multiple Emmy(R) nominations for best television drama series as well as a prestigious Peabody Award in 2008, and was twice named one of AFI's top 10 television series. The first three episodes of the original DEXTER are now available for free on YouTube, Showtime.com and Sho.com, as well as across multiple SHOWTIME partner platforms. All previous seasons of DEXTER are now available for subscribers on SHOWTIME.
Produced by SHOWTIME, DEXTER: NEW BLOOD is executive produced by Clyde Phillips, Michael C. Hall, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Marcos Siega, Bill Carraro and Scott Reynolds.
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So basically all sorts of Dexterness without the actual Dexter…