Dexter may cut up CBS

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It isn't uncommon to see CBS populated with ruthless serial killers who have little to no regard for justice or human life. Shows such as CSI, Cold Case, and Criminal Minds are often centered around crack teams of investigators trying to put serial killers on the loose behind bars.

Now it appears that the network may be adding one more serial killer to its mix, but this time he's the centerpiece. Showtime's Dexter, the series starring Michael C. Hall as a murderous antihero (and forensic scientist for the Miami Police Department), may get bumped up into CBS' programming schedule along with other programs from the pay-cable network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Showtime is part of the CBS Corporation.

At an investor conference in New York today, CBS Corporation CEO Leslie Moonves said that it may tap some of Showtime's original series to fill in holes left by a writers-strike-addled programming schedule.

"Dexter is probably the first to go on [CBS], with some edits," he said, according to the Reporter. "It fits with our crime shows." No date other than "the near future" was given by Moonves.

Other Showtime originals, but not necessarily named by Moonves as possibilities to be shown on CBS, include the marijuana-laced comedy Weeds, period-piece The Tudors, and lesbian drama The L Word. All of these shows include subject matter--including language, sexual content, and drug use--that is not considered suitable for CBS and broadcast television. There's a reason they're on Showtime, after all.

With the strike killing show production and leaving networks with plenty of time to fill, other executives have been openly toying with the idea of moving original programming from cable outlets to the big time. For example, critically acclaimed but barely watched shows such as Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica could make their way onto NBC and possibly find a new audience.

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Yeah Dexter Its A Very Nice SHow Creepy, Dark, Gore and Funny...
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right now, Dexter is getting 2 million viewers on average. If it is played on CBS, it will gain a lot more viewers..
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Well if they want shows from Showtime to fill time slots they could bring Queer As Folk out of retirement. There is no way they could edit that show for prime time and they should not try with Dexter either.
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I will sue CBS if they buy it :(
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This show will be horrible on CBS. Far too many scenes to cut and the F word flies around every other sentence. Editing will make it ridiculous to watch. But in its unaltered form, great show.
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Oh, I dont think the violence is the thing theyll be doing alot of cutting on. America loves its violence, but we cant have a naked Lila, no, that just wouldnt do. *rolls eyes*

But I agree, when they start censoring my favorite shows and movies, I buy the DVD and dont come back to their channel.
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Editted content is the very reason I don't watch movies on tv (except obviously channels like HBO and Showtime). There's no way I'll be watching this. If I want my Dexter fix, I'll watch the DVDs.
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They should just not cut it, put it on 10 pm and give it a TV-MA rating. If someone complains, we tell them to use the goddamn V-chip. It's there for a reason.
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They shoul've added Trailer Park Boys too that is a good Showcase show I'm watching the christmas one right now!
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Lord help us....it will be like watching the Sopranos on A&E. This is not good...
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why edit it? It's perfect just the way it is. This doesn't sound to good. I love the show, amongst heroes, prison break, samllville, and bionic woman it's my favourite show. So I sugest they leave Dexter alone:D
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If I was CBS and my lineup looked like an oprah winfrey braindead masturbation lambada, I'd buy Dexter too. Good for them, but a joke for the viewer. At least the editor's aren't on strike. They can put shows into 1 every episode. I support writer's striking for better wages. The fact that you monkeys are whining because(DeeDeeDeeE!) there are no more shows, is proof that they are more important than anyone else in this industry- including the megalomaniac studio heads. Not one brain cell between them. Impressive. Burn you wankers. If you can't even impress mediocre writers with a decent salary, God help you.
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Those who want it to air on CBS because they don't get Showtime should really just rent/buy the DVD...definitely worth the money and short wait.
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They would have to edit out everything that sets Dexter apart from every other CSI/Law & Order-type show. It's sheer rawness and the being inside the head of a serial killer, all the while still trying to have a "normal" relationship with Rita and the kids, is what makes the show so intriguing and captivating. FOX tried to air a show a couple years ago that delved into the thoughts of a serial killer...remember "The Inside"? Probably not because it was pulled off the air after only airing a few episodes even though many more had already been filmed. They received too many letters saying the show was much too graphic and disturbing for a non-cable network. Too bad...it was actually a very good show with excellent actors. However, on the plus side, I would much rather see a toned down version of Dexter than another stupid reality show anyday!! Let's hope this WGA strike ends SOON!
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Cbs should pay their writers and stop playing around with this stupid idea. I want new shows, not oldones and edited.

I love dexter, just let it the way it is.
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Please do not even consider editing this show. It's dark and disturbing and it's SUPPOSED to be that way. Editing will ruin what makes it so compelling. I agree 100% with those who said it's on Showtime, and NOT cable tv, for a reason. I will NOT watch an edited version on cable tv.
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No No No. Why since the networks cannot resolve their own issues they need to spread the problems to cable shows. This is just another bad idea in the long history of bad ideas.
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yes this would really suck! I love my showtime shows.Just not right.I hope they don't do this.
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Thats what my Dexter and Weeds DVD sets are for, to avoid TV :) The only way to watch TV shows.
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how can weeds be weeds without showing some people smoking pot?? how can dexter be dexter without alll the swearing that goes on...poor deb would have to censor herself bigtime on CBS...or will they kill them like they did sex and the city and turn them into half hour shows?? that would suck so no i wont watch them on CBS
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NO! Not Dexter! What does "some edits" mean? I love watching Dexter and if its going to end up losing some of the things that make it great then what would be the point of watching? CBS should find their own shows, not steal them from other stations.
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After watching Queer As Folk on Showtime and then on the Logo channel, it is obvious the stuff they will need to cut and/or bleep to make Dexter, Weeds, QAF, etc acceptable will gut these shows of the quality and what makes them great TV.
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please god no, showtime shows are refreshing in that they are unedited and not watered down so that kids can watch them. they would lose a LOT of their appeal if this changed. if this happens to weeds or dexter il cry. and the worst thing is it'll kill the shows because a lot of people watch them for what they currently are, theyll stop watching, ratings will drop and then the shows will get dropped and find it difficult to win back the original fans. IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT!
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Whats happening with all my favourite shows?? What have I done to deserve this?? Guess I'll have to watch movies now.......
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well as long as they don't get the new episodes on CBS I don't care.
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WHAT!!! WHAT!!! Tudors and The L-Word are going Amish!?



Serious turn off. And anyway how come CBS is interested in shows that don't suit their guidelines???
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This is ridiculous, butchering our loved shows. Dexter, Weeds, Tudors and L Word would be as bad as Six Feet Under, Deadwood & The Sopranos with cuts. BSG could be done, as it wouldn't need that much cutting.
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How much of BSG would need to be cut? I mean; they already say "Frak" insteaf of...you know what, and there isn't any extreme nudity. The only problem would be the violence I guess but it wouldn't require too much editing. I think BSG could work on a channel like CBS. Dexter, however, is a completely different story...
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Dexter is an intelligent and mindtwisting show, probably the best show produced for the TV-audience in the TV-history. What CBS wants know is exactly how Dexter himself handles bad guys: By cutting them up in pieces. Now CBS wants to butcher Dexter in the same way. Folks inside CBS: Are you completely nuts, insane and out of your mind?
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Boring... we are all adults. What's with the editing. If anything, the ratings will drop and that will be a loss. I'd hate to see such a good show go down the toilet because the networks don't have what to do
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This one stupid idea if anything it should go the other way around take shows from Cbs and put them on Showtime with more drugs, nudity and violence.
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No, no, no. If you take our shows like Dexter, Weeds, The Tudors, etc. from showtime and put them on cable television it will ruin them. The shows will be completely different. I agree, there's definitely a reason why these shows are on showtime and not cable tv, so lets keep it that way! Geez, I hope this writer's strike gets resolved...and quickly.
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For God's sake give the writer's what they want and no-one will have to resort to desparate measures! i think the writers get a raw deal and deserve what they are asking for, which in comparison to actors, directors and ofcourse networks and film prdouction companies is a pittance! it's not fair on hardworking people who come home and just want to relax infront of a t.v show about a serial killer who has some major issues! i cant wait on these cliff hangers, i mean did you see that tornado in desperate housewives! im not kidding i wanna know what happend to lynette's family!... pay the writers, this isn't funny!!!!!!
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Eureka would definitely be a big hit if it were to be shown on a main channel. I absolutely love Dexter and would hope that if it did get moved permanently due to popularity, it would still exist in it's original incarnation on Showtime before being screened on CBS. Otherwise it would be ruined.
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Look on the bright side, with cuts, Dexter could fit into a 30 minute slot, and something like Weeds or Californication could be boiled down to two episodes in a 30 minute slot. TV for the time-poor! Good grief.
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@BeachfrontGlass its true that giving all those cable shows a shot is great.However, its kinda insulting to the show when they show it censored and parts of BSG definetly will be....if they get around to showing any of 'the farm,pegasus,resurection ship,ect' expect most baltar/six scenes to be severely edited aswell.



as for dexter:debs entire dialogue will be cut into odd sounding noises considering every word she uses will be censored.and if they take out any of the gore entirely you will loose the plot of whats going on.
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Dexter is rigth this way, don´t need a change
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I agree with most of you, granted not everybody has Showtime and it would undoubtedly generate a larger audience, however it wouldn't be the same show by a long shot. IMHO Dexter is far to unique a show to be tossed on prime-time television.

I think it should stay on Showtime, as in today's day and age people that do not have Showtime could always purchase the seasons on DVD rather cheaply.
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Dexter without the words **** **** and **** would be like watching an episode of 24 without the whole clock concept.. And without the sex?? Geez.. and the whole pardon my **** thing.. get a grib CBS!!
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What a crappy idea... Shows should ONLY be submitted in its original state! Dexter will never-ever be the same without its rudity and off-ness! ;)
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Sopranos is not even close to the original on AE's edited version
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BSG has aired on NBC before, that's how I got into it in the first place. I think shows like Monk, Psych, The Dead Zone, Eureka, and Atlantis would do better if they reaired them on broadcast tv.
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maybe folks wach it on CBS and then start getting intrested inn the original version
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its hard to watch an edited version after watching it on HBO
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How is Deb from Dexter going to be able to say anything?? She has the dirtiest mouth ever! Boo to this idea. I like my Dexter with no cuts thank you..
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That's so great to see that these quality show will be on CBS where they can find new audiences they may have not ever seen them other wise. I think it's a good move.
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I don't think cutting Dexter would be such a good idea...for starters they would loose about 10-20 minutes each episode and that's not counting Deb ;)
It would still be a great series, but if all the gore/sex/cursing/nudity needed to be cut out - you'd miss out on half the plot.
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putting the show on CBS like stabbing Dexter in the back



million noooo's



i wont watch the show on cbs
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I think it's a bad idea. Dexter is perfect just the way it is.
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I don't have showtime but I rented Season one from Netflix. Granted, the show is gory but it's one of the best shows around. I'm glad that Dexter will be shown to a wider audience but the show needs to be shown without edits. Minimal edits would be fine but I'd hate to see the show butchered just to please the censors.
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