Looks like we’ll be seeing more of Dexter Morgan; Showtime has renewed the series for two more seasons. Following Dexter in his latest exploits I can only wonder if it’ll be worth it. Times have changed since the series first aired back in 2006. It was the first of a new breed, a new generation that was soon followed by Mad Men and Breaking Bad and now by Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones (both must sees if you haven’t bothered to yet). It was the first Showtime series to be nominated for an Emmy for Best Outstanding Drama Series and the fourth season finale was the network’s highest rated show in a decade. The sixth season which premiered this October has delivered its fifth straight week of ratings growth. Things are looking up for Dexter but has the story run its course?
Seven episodes out and I’m only five episodes in but there already seems to be something missing. I felt it in the first episode but there’s always a sense of loss exaggerated by nostalgia when you mourn the ending of your past and celebrate your present. It happens every year in TV just as in life.
In my opinion Dexter peaked in the fourth season with the Trinity Killer (played by the ever capable John Lithgow who won a Golden Globe for his supporting performance) and in respect the last season was anit-climatic. But with Edward James Almos (Commander William Adama from the 2004 re-imagining of Battlestar Gallactica) and God/religion being this year’s theme I once again have high hopes. Like everything else only time (that cruel bitch) will tell.
In other news it seems Netflix (you remember them? the guys who thought they could do no wrong so tried to screw over their customers and then discovered that being a publicly traded company has its downside when, in fact, you don’t care much for the public and their opinions) is reviving Arrested Development. Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce the new show but did not specify which original cast memebers will return although all series regulars have expressed interest. I’d imagine it’ll be hard to get Michael Cera and Jason Bateman back on board since their movie careers have taken off (the former more so than the latter). No notice on how many episodes there will be but the current understanding (according to a statement last month) is that these episodes will lead to a movie. The series will resume production and be available to Netflix subscribers in 2013.