Showtime Announces Plans for New Projects Based on Serial Killer Drama ‘Dexter’

On Monday, Showtime announced it has placed a straight-to-series order for a new drama under the working title “Dexter: Origins.” The series will be executive produced by Emmy nominee Clyde Phillips, based upon the Emmy-nominated hit series “Dexter” that starred Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall. The network is also developing a new version of “Dexter: New Blood,” which depicts the ongoing emergence of Dexter’s son Harrison. In addition, Showtime is also exploring projects based on other characters from the “Dexter” universe, such as the makings of the notorious Trinity Killer, played initially by Emmy winner John Lithgow.

“I couldn’t be more excited about exploring and expanding the universe of ‘Dexter,'” said Phillips. “It’s a privilege to contemplate going even deeper with these complex and iconic characters – and the stories, themes, and possibilities they inspire.”

“Dexter: Origins” will dramatize young Dexter Morgan at the outset of his transition into the avenging serial killer he would become. Set in the Miami that was a hotbed of real serial killers of his time, the show will begin as Dexter graduates college to join Miami Metro, where he meets younger versions of many of the characters we came to know in the original “Dexter.” And, of course, the show will also focus on Dexter’s family, including a very-much-alive Harry and a very formidable teenage Deb.

“Dexter: New Blood” is a new incarnation of the 2021-22 drama that became the most-watched series in Showtime history. The drama focuses on Dexter’s son Harrison, who survived his tumultuous reintroduction with his father and flees to New York City, where he must wrestle with his own violent nature and whether, like his father, he too is compelled to kill. “Dexter: New Blood” will explore the themes and scenarios seen in the original series on Showtime but through a new lens.

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“The ‘Dexter’ saga has been an undeniable creative and popular success for Showtime, both in its original, groundbreaking form and the record-setting ‘Dexter: New Blood,’” said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO, Showtime and Paramount Media Networks. “The series is a rich foundation for other shows in the lane of complex, subversive antiheroes that Showtime has always done so brilliantly. Clyde is deep into compelling stories and characters that will satisfy the cravings of our multifaceted audience.”

The eight-season run of the original “Dexter” premiered in the fall of 2006. It starred Hall as Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami Metro police department who moonlights as a serial killer. The show became one of the most acclaimed series on television, earning multiple Emmy nominations for best television drama series as well as a prestigious Peabody Award in 2008, and was twice named one of AFI’s top 10 television series. All previous seasons of “Dexter” and “Dexter: New Blood” are now available for subscribers on Showtime.

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