Michael C. Hall And Showtime Stall Over A Contract For Two More Seasons Of Dexter

By Jessica Grabert 2011-10-04 15:52:13 discussion comments
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Like any show worth seeing – here’s looking at you, Seinfeld – viewership will increase given a little time. For Season 6 of Dexter, viewership has gone through the roof. 2.2 million viewers showed up for the Season 6 premiere, increasing viewership by 24%. If you haven’t checked it out, Cinema Blend’s Kelly West has called Season 6 Dexter’s “darkest season yet.”

Darkest, and potentially the last. Star Michael C. Hall’s contract is up at the end of the current season. According to Deadline, after the Season 6 premiere ratings posted yesterday, negotiations between Hall and network Showtime stalled. Apparently, there’s been a little tiff between Hall, who is asking for $24 million dollars for two more seasons, and Showtime, which only wants to pay him a cool $20 mil.

Under normal circumstances, I would say Hall is being a bit of a contract hog. Either paycheck would mean he was still one of the highest earning actors on cable television. If he loves the role enough, he should be proud to take a little less to be on a well thought-of show. However, his circumstances are anything but normal. Hall hopped from one critically acclaimed pay cable series (HBO’s Six Feet Under) to Dexter. He’s been working on TV programs for like a decade. Plus, he has already won a Golden Globe. Perhaps asking for an excess of money is a way to let Showtime know he’s ready to move on to other things.

Either way, it will be exciting to see where Michael C. Hall heads next. I wouldn’t mind another season of Dexter, nor would I mind more Dodge commercials. Just no more projects like Gamer, please.

Showtime’s Dexter airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET
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