'Dexter' renewed for two more seasons on Showtime

dexter-renewed.jpg "Dexter" is making a killing for Showtime this season, and so the title character will keep killing for two more years.

Showtime has picked up its signature drama series for a seventh and eighth season of 12 episodes each, the cable channel announced Friday (Nov. 18). The pickup comes after the cable channel finalized a new deal with star Michael C. Hall to return for two more years.

"'Dexter's' enormous success is a real tribute to the great achievements of its cast, producers, and the powerhouse performance of Michael C. Hall," Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins says. "The series is bigger than it's ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape. Together with Michael, the creative team on the show has a very clear sense of where they intend to take the show over the next two seasons and, as a huge fan, I'm excited to watch the story of Dexter Morgan play out."

The current season of "Dexter," which wraps up in December, has been the show's most-watched so far, with 5.1 million people tuning in each week (counting multiple airings, DVR use and on-demand viewing). First-run episodes have improved on the previous week's ratings in each of the last five weeks.

Hall has earned four consecutive Emmy nominations for playing the crime-scene analyst/serial killer of bad people and won a Golden Globe for the role in 2010.

Season 7 of "Dexter" will go into production next year and will likely debut in its customary fall window.

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