March 04, 2013 7:20pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Les Moonves: 'Last' Season for 'Dexter'
Season eight of Showtime's Dexter officially might be its last.
Speaking to analysts Monday at a Wall Street conference in Palm Beach, Fla., CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves indicated that the serial-killer drama will wrap its run following the upcoming eighth season.
Asked by an analyst -- who implied that the Michael C. Hall-Jennifer Carpenter drama was in its last season -- what was in the pipeline for the CBS Corp.'s sibling cable network Showtime, Moonves might have let the cat out of the bag.
"We have Ray Donovan coming on with Liev Schreiber, which comes on with Dexter's last season starting in June, and then we have Masters of Sex," Moonves replied with a laugh as if to acknowledge something that Showtime has yet to do.
Showtime executives have been mum on what the future holds for Dexter. A spokesperson for the network told The Hollywood Reporter late Monday that there was "nothing confirmed" about if the series could and would continue beyond season eight.
Showtime will use Dexter -- which was renewed a year ago for seasons seven and eight -- as a launching pad for Ray Donovan, moving up its premiere from fall to summer for the first time come June.
Paul Bond contributed to this report.