Showtime Moves the Maybe-Final Season of Dexter to Summer, Homeland Stays Put

It's time to start using that "Wondrous Lighthouses of the Celtic Countryside 2013 Calendar" that you got from your aunt, so get out a pen and jot down the following:

Dexter returns for its eighth season on June 30 at 9pm.

WHAT? But that's summer! Yep, Showtime is proving itself quite the maverick when it comes to scheduling, moving its highest-rated (I think) series from its normal fall slot to the dog days, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There's business behind this, of course, and if it poses a slight inconvenience to Dexter fans, then Showtime is sorry but it has to think about itself, too.

This eighth season of the serial killer drama will possibly be its last, and because giving premium airtime to a show that's going off the air is like buying five years' worth of a Jerky of the Month Club subscription for someone who is on their death bed, Showtime is spreading out the wealth as it prepares for one of its most important years ever as a pay cable network. That means Dexter is being moved to the summer in order to help launch the new drama Ray Donovan—which will follow Dexter at 10pm and stars Liev Schreiber as a Hollywood "fixer"—just as Dexter once helped launch Homeland. That Dexter is a nice guy!

And now that Homeland has become the country's new darling, it will keep its fall turf and be used to boost Showtime's second big new drama project, Masters of Sex starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as sexual pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Homeland returns for Season 3 on September 29 at 9pm, and will be followed by the series premiere of Masters of Sex at 10pm.

Elsewhere in Showtime scheduling news, Inside Comedy returns for Season 2 on February 11 at 11pm, Nurse Jackie checks back in for Season 5 on April 14 at 9pm and will be followed by the Season 3 premiere of The Borgias at 10pm, and The Big C: Hereafter will finish off the series with four episodes starting April 29 at 10pm.



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maybe..probably...possibly..NO,NO,it needs to end. And it needs to air 12 episodes week to week,no spliting it into 2 seasons. Seems their plan is working...give crappy season of Dexter(season 6) and then give season,where anything is better than season 6 and people will want Dexter even more. Season 7 was great at times(yes AT TIMES). Dex,Deb and isaak were great and even awsome,but all other support character were awful and pain to watch. Hannah was mediocre to me. She had some great scenes and some very dumb written,that's why I don't like her as much as others do.
If I hear any news,that Dexter will be split into 2 seasons or season 8 won't be it's last,I won't even bother watching Dexter's season 8, episode 1. I was a fan of this show,but after season 6, I am only watching it,so I have closure with this show. How the mighty have fallen...
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The earlier the better for Dexter since it's excruciating to wait so long.
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I get the feeling this is an "experiment" for Showtime as much as it a money-making improvement. As some cable shows have demonstrated in the past (namely programs on TNT and USA), ratings typically increase during the summertime when there's less competition from the broadcast networks.

Showtime probably figures they could tap into that void of programming left by the broadcast networks (which will be airing repeats throughout the summer), and increase the ratings for Dexter, giving them some insight as to whether continuing the series beyond an eight season would be worthwhile.

If not that, then I really hope they don't split the final twelve episodes into two "mini" seasons.
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At least I won't have to wait for another 8 months before I see Dexter and Deb (final season? I'm not ready yet! but quit while on best rebound for season 7 from nightmare that is season 6 yeah! don't let it drag on and be watched out of pity and/or spite right, Greys?) and I can concentrate on AMC Walking Dead :)
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Some people subscribe to showtime only when Dexter is on, and then they cancel the subscription. It was convenient that Homeland also aired on the same schedule as Dexter. Now, they'll have to subscribe longer if they watch both series. It's all about the money.
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Prepare yourselves folks. As much as I hate it, this has 2 half-seasons as a "final season" written all over it. At least the final episodes will probably be better written but so much for it ending in 2013.
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I wonder if they decide to renew it for Season 9 whether or not that season will air in Summer 2014 or Fall.
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This shouldn't be the maybe-final season, it should be the final season period. Please don't milk this show any longer.
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If you don't mind me asking, why? Season seven was arguably the best season after the first and second ones. Honestly, as a major Dexter fan, I thought the series was dwindling towards the later seasons, but this recent season was phenomenal.
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I'm in the same boat as Nick Lopez. While season 7 has been a big improvement over season 6, the first four in particular, and maybe season 5 as well, were significantly better. The plot in season 7 has been pretty good, but the quality of the writing doesn't compare to earlier seasons. I say give it a good ending and let it go...
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I would put season 7 behind the first four seasons. Season 7 was, however, a monumental step up from season 6, which was just god awful. I think the writers can only keep up the momentum for one more season, anything beyond that will be overkill. I don't think fans would want more wheel spinning, or another season 6 on their hands.
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An early return isn't an inconvenience. The ability to set my DVR doesn't waiver from season to season, so a summer run sounds perfectly cool to me
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Well thats interesting. I view is as a postive cuz we get Dexter a couple months earlier then expected.
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