Showtime Dates Returns for Homeland, Dexter

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It's only March, but I already know where I will be in late September. Showtime today announced the premiere dates for two of its heavy hitters, the veteran slash-em up drama Dexter and the paranoia-inducing thriller Homeland. Both show will debut on September 30, just a few days ahead on the calendar than they premiered last year.

Dexter, which stars Michael C. Hall as a blood spatter expert that just so happens to be a serial killer, will return for its seventh season and has already been renewed for an eighth. Homeland, starring Claire Danes as a psychotic CIA agent with a love-hate relationship with a suspected terrorist played by Damian Lewis, follows an impressive rookie season with Season 2. Both upcoming seasons will run a dozen episodes each.

Though they share the same Sunday night block, the two shows are heading in very opposite directions. Dexter is well past its glory days as Showtime's main attraction, with recent seasons irking all but the show's most hardcore fans. Homeland is the network's new darling, earning critical praise up the wazoo for its writing and acting.

We're amped up for Season 2 of Homeland, but admittedly pretty indifferent for Season 7 of Dexter. Where do you stand?

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