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[10/21/08 - 09:35 AM]
Dexter's Body Count Rises by 24
Showtime has ordered two more seasons of the series, consisting of 12 episodes each.

[via press release from Showtime]

DEXTER's Body Count Rises By 24

SHOWTIME RENEWS ITS TOP-RATED DRAMA SERIES FOR 4th AND 5th SEASONS

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 -- SHOWTIME has ordered two more seasons of its award-winning top-rated drama series DEXTER, starring Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe(R)-nominated actor Michael C. Hall ("Six Feet Under"), it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Showtime President of Entertainment. The Best Drama Series Emmy(R)-nominated DEXTER premiered its third season three weeks ago to widespread critical and audience acclaim plus record ratings as it surpassed 3 million viewers in its premiere week and ranks as SHOWTIME's top-rated drama series. Seasons four and five will consist of 12 episodes each, with production on season four set to begin next spring in Los Angeles.

"DEXTER's enormous success is a tribute to the great achievements of its cast, the producing team, the author of the original book, and the gifted Michael C. Hall," said Greenblatt. "I thought at best we would attract a devoted cult audience but soon realized that, ironically, this show is so thematically rich and layered with humanity that audiences of all kinds have flocked to it."

One of the most acclaimed series on television, DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall (two-time Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-nominee) as a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miamipolice department who moonlights as a serial killer. The show was nominated this year for five Emmy(R) Awards including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The series also received a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award and was twice named one of AFI's top ten television programs. DEXTER is SHOWTIME's highest rated drama and was the network's highest rated show in 2007. Additionally, DEXTER has been the most successful SHOWTIME DVD title to date and continues to be one of the top selling titles for the network on iTunes.

John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips and Charles H. Eglee serve as executive producers for season three. Michael C. Hall, Scott Buck and Melissa Rosenberg serve as co-executive producers for season three.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE(R) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(TM), SHOWTIME 2 HD(TM), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(TM), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM) and FLIX ON DEMAND(R). SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks(TM), a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution which recently launched SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM). All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R).





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