The crime drama series will return earlier for its possible final installment, and no longer serve as a lead-in for 'Homeland'.
"Dexter" will greet its fans earlier this year. Showtime has announced at the TCA winter press tour that it is moving the hit series to summer after usually airing it in fall. The eighth season of the crime drama show will premiere June 30 at 9 P.M.
"Dexter" will also be split with "Homeland" after the two were paired up in the last two years. The veteran thriller will now serve as a lead-in for new series "Ray Donovan", starring Liev Schreiber as a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los Angeles.
Addressing speculation that the upcoming installment will be the last for "Dexter", Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said, "I'm not making any announcements today about when Dexter will end. I will clarify that before Dexter goes on the air. There's a clear end game in place but I can't talk about it just yet... The decision is ultimately a creative decision... Dexter is to Showtime what Batman is to Warner Bros. I want to take care of it."
"Homeland", meanwhile, will return September 29 at 9 P.M. and will be used to introduce another rookie, "Masters of Sex". The new drama features Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality.
Showtime has also set the return dates of other series. "Inside Comedy" season 2 will premiere February 11 at 11 P.M., and "Nurse Jackie" season five will debut April 14 9 P.M. followed by "The Borgias" season 3 premiere at 10 P.M. New show "The World According to Dick Cheney" is slated to premiere March 15.
In other news, the cable channel has given a series commitment to "Penny Dreadful" from John Logan. The "Skyfall" scribe will write and executive produce the show which sees famous characters from monster stories, including Dr. Frankenstein, his creature Dorian Gray and figures from the novel "Dracula", embroiled in Victorian London.
"It's very realistic, it's very grounded," so Nevins claimed. He went on detailing, "The characters are all in very human form in turn-of-the-century London. It's very psychological and highly erotic."