Showtime Confirms Season 8 Will Be Final Season of 'Dexter' - Video

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April 18th, 2013



Network Releases Exclusive Tease From The Final Season Directly

To DEXTER's 13 Million Facebook Fans

LOS ANGELES, CA – (April 18, 2013) – In a special announcement this afternoon made directly to DEXTER’s 13 million fans on the show’s Facebook page, SHOWTIME confirmed that the upcoming eighth season of the groundbreaking series will be its final one. The announcement coincided with the release of an exclusive tease from the premiere of the series’ eighth and final season, which debuts on Sunday June 30th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The series premiered on the network on October 1, 2006 and has grown its loyal audience every season since its debut. DEXTER was the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award, as well as 25 Emmy® and 10 Golden Globe® Award nominations, and was twice named one of AFI’s top ten television series.


"When it debuted in 2006, DEXTER redefined the genre, by taking the anti-hero to new heights and pushing the boundaries of the television landscape," said Matthew C. Blank, Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. " DEXTER paved the way for the next generation of award-winning hit SHOWTIME series, and its cultural impact will be felt for years to come."


"DEXTER is a landmark franchise for our network, and we cannot wait to unveil the conclusion of this series, as we know it, to the millions of passionate fans who have supported the show season after season," said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. "We'd like to thank Michael, Jennifer, and DEXTER 's indomitable cast, executive producers, writers and crew for eight incredible seasons."


The exclusive tease from DEXTER 's eighth and final season premiere gives fans a sneak peek into the mindset of Dexter and Debra Morgan after LaGuerta’s death in season seven.

DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall in his Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning role as Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department. Season eight begins six months after LaGuerta’s murder – and Dexter is still managing life as a dad, brother, and serial killer. As Deb (series star Jennifer Carpenter) struggles to deal with the consequences of her actions, a mysterious woman comes to work with Miami Metro, offering first-hand information on Dexter’s past. The series also stars Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Aimee Garcia, David Zayas, Geoff Pierson and James Remar. DEXTER is tied as the No. 1 rated series on SHOWTIME along with HOMELAND, watched by 6.2 million weekly viewers across platforms in its seventh season, its highest-rated yet. The season seven finale attracted 7.24 million viewers in the finale week, the series highest total week ever. Produced by SHOWTIME, DEXTER is executive produced by John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, Manny Coto, Tim Schlattmann, Wendy West, Jace Richdale and Michael C. Hall.


With over 13 million fans on Facebook and 440,000 followers on Twitter, DEXTER has one of the largest and most engaged fan communities among any television series. The series consistently ranks at the top of the iTunes charts, and is a leader in the "Social TV" space.


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  • danny94

    Jumped the Shark a while ago…

  • Esdru

    Final season?

    Huge mistake. Showtime sucks…

  • Colin

    Hopefully Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex will flop. Then they will see what they did. Always these stupid cancellations of very well rated shows just because they are old. NBC made the same mistake with ER.

  • neJANIS

    Good, it should have ended few years ago, but this literally was the last chance to end it on highnote.

  • Colin

    Season 7 was the best. Lets hope season 8 will be even better.

  • John A

    Aw it sucks. As bad as it was at times Dexter was still the best show on this network. With The Big C ending and I assume Nurse Jackie ending this season ill be watching nothing on Showtime.

  • Serial Rocker

    I’d say that the phrase “jumped the shark” also jumped the shark a while ago, but then I would also be using the phrase incorrectly…

  • Rod

    That’s too bad but it’s the right time to end.

  • Robbie

    Ever hear of canceling a show before they jump the shark…. Desperate housewives anyone?

  • Shabbir

    Should have ended 2 seasons ago. But as a huge fan, Im happy with this annoucement. Hope its not a crappy ending like killing Dexter or he is arrested.

    Well done Showtime..

  • Dan S

    I’m not surprised this is the last season. I’m quite hopeful their new series Ray Donovan & Masters of Sex will click.

  • Ram510

    I thought we already knew this was the final season, did we not?

    I always find it funny when networks announce things we already knew. Like earlier this year I said the same thing when they announce How I Met Your Mother was getting another season, at that point I thought we already knew. Funny

  • Greg

    @John A

    Why do you assume Nurse Jackie is ending? I’m sure they won’t be doing that without a final season announcement made months before the premiere, just like they did with The Big C, Weeds and now Dexter.

  • pickles

    I’m cancelling Showtime when Dexter ends.

  • joel

    @ ” we cannot wait to unveil the conclusion of this series, AS WE KNOW IT,…”


  • Mike

    Hopefully they create a spin off with dexter on the run… Lol…

    All I know is when dexter ends I will only be watching homeland… Theirs Norway ray Donovan and especially masters of sex will even do ok

  • Travis

    Good for them, letting the show go out on a creative high.

  • dexter69999

    season 5 anf 6 were horrible. season 7 was pretty good. im excited about season 8. i love it when a show can end on its own terms. if it sucks they have no excuses.

  • richard

    Breaking Bad writers, TAKE note!

    Just because your show jumps the shark doesn’t mean you can’t come back.

    That is precisely what happened with Dexter. Season 5 was kind of so so. Season 6 was awful.

    Then they come back with what was possibly their best season! Season 7 was so good last year, that if I were to make one of those top 10 lists people make, Dexter would have been 3, only behind Awake and season 3 of Justified.

    Anyway, I hope Dexter can keep the good streak going into next season. Then they can end with 2 great seasons! Back when I was watching season 6, I never thought that this was possible. Man, was I happy to be wrong!

    Anyway, just saying, if Breaking Bad can redeem itself for its last batch of episodes, that would be great. I am more open to the possibility now, after I saw what happened with Dexter.

  • Nick

    Well, at least the show is ending properly and on a high note. Dexter will be missed, it was an awesome show.

    For now the only show left that I watch on Showtime is Shameless, and it is so freaking good. If anyone is looking for a great Showtime series to watch, go and see Shameless, it is by far the best show on the network right now.

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