Showtime Renews ‘Dexter’ For Two Additional Seasons

Michael C. Hall signs a new deal that will keep the hit drama going through the eighth season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this fall, rumors spread that the current season of "Dexter" was in danger of being the last because of a salary dispute between Showtime and Michael C. Hall, who portrays the title character, Dexter Morgan. Although the two sides were reportedly $4 million apart during negotiations, a new deal has now been struck.

Showtime has officially announced that Hall has signed on to star in "Dexter" for two more seasons, with the show receiving a commitment for two full seasons of 12 episodes each set to presumably run in 2012 and 2013. Barring any future renewals, "Dexter" will now run for at least eight seasons.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins noted that “'Dexter‘s' enormous success is a real tribute to the great achievements of its cast, producers, and the powerhouse performance of Michael C. Hall. The series is bigger than it’s ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape."

Hall added "On behalf of the entire 'Dexter' family, we relish the invitation to delve ever deeper into Dexter’s world.”

"Dexter" follows Hall's titular character as he balances his life as a single father and police forensic specialist with his "dark passenger," an inner drive that compels him to kill murderers, essentially making Dexter a heroic serial killer. Jennifer Carpenter costars in the series, alongside Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas and James Remar. The series is loosely based on the "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" novel series by Jeff Lindsay.

During the sixth season, each episode of "Dexter" has averaged over 5 million viewers via multiple platforms, reaffirming the show's status as Showtime's signature hit.

The seventh season will begin production in early 2012, while the current season of "Dexter" will run on Sunday nights through December 18, 2011.

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