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The Television Critics Association summer panel is in full swing, and on Tuesday, Showtime President David Nevins teased the possibility of a potential Dexter spinoff hitting the subscription cable network sometime in the future. Dexter is currently airing its eight and final season on the network and while Dexter Morgan’s current storyline may be close to spent, there could still be room for more fodder in the future. One thing is for certain: Showtime has signed a deal with showrunner Scott Buck, which should mean exciting things are on the horizon.
At the TCA panel, THR is reporting that David Nevins didn’t straight-up state a Dexter spinoff would be happening, but he did say that the possibility was on the table, thanks to the overall deal with Buck.
"We have a deal with Scott and we're going to develop a bunch of different things with him, there's nothing else to be concluded at this point. There's no sense of whether it will happen and if it will happen but I want to stay in business with Scott."
Nevins also asked fans to “draw [their] own conclusions,” keeping fairly tight-lipped about what a spinoff might entail, meaning it could be anything from following Dexter Morgan’s awakening as a killer to seeing more from the characters in the Miami Metro Police Department. The possibilities are endless, and Nevins is even hesitant to call the possible project a spinoff.
"It's not necessarily a spinoff. All options will be explored. We're really not dealing with it at all until we're through this season and maybe for a while thereafter."
That last point is one well taken. Dexter is well into the throes of its eighth and final season at this point and the writers, cast, and crew all have a finale to be thinking about. We’ve seen a lot from Miami’s resident serial killer and family man. At this point, we’ve seen so many different angles and possibilities involving killing, loyalty, and other human behaviors from Dexter Morgan and the rest of the cast that’s its difficult to see how or where a spinoff could go. In fact, the same question was brought up recently at Comic-Con and only inspired hokey answers from the cast.
Obviously, nothing is set in stone, yet, and a potential Dexter spinoff seems to be just one of many projects Buck has been pitching to the network. Beyond this, the world of television is a fickle one, and even good ideas don’t always move forward to series. A lot of things have to fall in place, including having the right people involved, pitching to a network at a good time, putting together a reasonable pilot, having a workable budget, and much, much more. A Dexter spinoff series may never happen, but one thing is for certain: it’s keeping us talking.
Showtime airs new episodes of Dexter on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. If you are currently caught up on the series, you can check out some teasers for the new episode.