Dexter Two Seasons

November 19, 2011 by staff 

Dexter Two Seasons, Showtime has renewed “Dexter” for two more seasons. Cabler was able to greenlight additional seasons because star and exec producer Michael C. Hall has inked a new deal to remain with the show. His previous contract expires at the end of the current season.

The upcoming seventh and eighth seasons will consist of 12 episodes each and production is set to begin next year in Los Angeles.

Showtime president David Nevins told Variety that this extension will “likely” be the final two seasons of the show and that the creative forces behind the skein are working on a storyline based on that exit strategy.

Though Nevins would “never say never” about extending the show past season eight, “The scenario we’re working under is a likely two-year plan. We’re operating under the two-year endgame. … There has been good creative plans we discussed and it would have been a bummer not to execute them.”

As for Hall’s deal, which officially closed Thursday, Nevins reported the actor received a substantial pay bump for the next two seasons and that negotiations were “remarkably smooth and entirely professional. Michael was great the whole way through.”

Hall, who is repped by WME, is believed to have started out in 2006 at a per-episode salary in the high five-figure range, though his paycheck has likely swelled since then. After the second season, Hall was named a co-exec producer on the show, and he was upped to exec producer rank in season four. Once an exec producer, Hall was entitled to share in ancillary income from the show, including DVD sales, merchandising and foreign distribution.

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