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Don’t break out the flannel just yet, Dexter fans.
There are no (current) plans to reboot Dexter, Showtime representatives told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
Rumors began swirling over the Thanksgiving holiday break that the premium cable network was mulling a revival of the Michael C. Hall starrer after the show’s official Twitter account posted a cryptic tweet.
— Dexter (@SHO_Dexter) November 26, 2015
Various websites picked up the story and spun it as if Showtime was bringing back the serial killer drama. Showtime reps told THR that the tweet was a typical post for diehard Dexter fans who, more than two years after the series concluded, still watch episodes together. (The show’s official Twitter feed also posted similar updates pegged to Halloween and Friday the 13th.)
While there are no current plans to bring back the series, after the finale — wildly considered one of the worst ever among critics and fans alike — Showtime had expressed interest in revisiting Dexter.
“We continue to talk about it,” Showtime topper David Nevins told reporters in January 2014. “If we were to do it, we have to have a very good reason to do it. It has to feel like it’s a new show. I’m not interested in doing it if it’s just a continuation. If we were to do it, I would only do it with Michael.”
In April 2013, Nevins said that “all options were on the table” when THR asked if Showtime would explore rumblings about a Dexter spinoff built around Jennifer Carpenter’s now dearly departed Debra Morgan. Talks of a potential spinoff also heated up after Nevins inked Dexter showrunner Scott Buck to a two-year development deal with the network.
“We’re at the very preliminary stage,” Nevins said at the time. “That show is that character … and if I were to do something, I would do Dexter in a new concept and configuration. I want the show to feel different, not just a continuation of the old show.”
Continuing the series from where Hall’s serial killer with a code of ethics concluded would likely draw the ire of fans, who had a very mixed reaction to the way Dexter Morgan’s story ended.
After saying farewell to Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), the series flashed forward (twice), with Dexter ultimately sacrificing his relationship with Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) and his son, Harrison, and faking his own death to start a new life in Oregon as a lumberjack in a bid to protect them from his Dark Passenger.
Despite an immediate fan backlash, Nevins praised the way the series concluded.
“The fundamental design of where they ended Dexter was really well conceived,” he said. “He had to sacrifice the one person who was closest to him in the world, and he had to leave. That was where it was headed for a very long time.”
“We never discussed the idea of killing [Dexter],” Nevins explained, noting that the character was not kept alive for a potential spinoff. “The people who are really in the center — Michael, Scott Buck, [executive producer] Sara Colleton — no one even brought up the idea. It was never discussed. … It remains to be seen whether they’re going to want to do [a spinoff] or whether I’m going to want to do it. They never felt like killing Dexter was the right end.”
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