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.
For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.