Border crossing: CTV to air 'Dexter'


TORONTO -- The Showtime crime drama "Dexter" is coming to the Canadian airwaves courtesy of CTV.

Toronto-based CTV said Monday that it will air the U.S. cable drama beginning Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. in simulcast with CBS as part of a distribution deal with CBS Paramount International Television.

Canadians have previously viewed "Dexter" only on domestic premium pay TV networks the Movie Network and Movie Central as part of their output deal with Showtime, to which Canadians are barred access.

But the decision by CBS to migrate "Dexter" from Showtime to network TV has enabled CTV to follow suit and air the serial killer drama on free TV here on Sunday nights.

"We are thrilled to be able to expose Dexter to a wider audience by licensing it to CTV in Canada," Armando Nunez, Jr., president of CBS Paramount International Television, said in a statement Monday.

"Dexter" stars Michael C. Hall as a Miami police forensics expert by day and and serial killer by night.

CTV will air CBS' edited version of "Dexter" and include program advisories ahead of each broadcast segment. The drama will fill the 10 p.m. Sunday slot previously occupied by "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

Other U.S. cable dramas that CTV has added to its national schedule during the WGA strike include AMC's "Mad Men" and the final season of "The Sopranos."