Showtime announced their 2013 premiere dates and to our surprise, it looks like Dexter will be returning sooner than we thought. According to Showtime, they moved up the 8th season of Dexter to June 30th in order to use it as a spring board to promote another show called Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber who plays a problem-solver for the rich and famous in Los Angeles . This move seems to indicate three things.
1) Dexter’s popularity is waning, so they are trying to funnel what remains of its brand name into jump starting the new show. Yes, Dexter hasn’t really hit the strides it used to until recently (7th season was magnificent) but maybe that’s all it takes to be considered a fodder show by the network. It seems a bit disrespectful to the cast and crew, but this is show business after all and the old dogs gotta make way for the youthful, and like my co-host would say, Dexter has explored so many different avenues that there can’t possibly be that much story left to tell.
2) Maybe the network isn’t convinced that Ray Donovan would take off on its own without any boost from another show in its current slot. Dexter is one of their more well-known product, so placing it right before the new show seems like they’re not too confident about it. Then again, it appears that Masters of Sex is premiering the same night as Homeland, so perhaps this is just Showtime’s way of introducing new shows that I have not caught on to in previous seasons.
3) Perhaps the creators behind Dexter was gearing up to finally finish its tale and did not want to go up against the likes of The Walking Dead or Boardwalk Empire during its finale. Sure, some of its eighth season will coincide with the best show in the universe, Breaking Bad, but with its season shortened, it’ll finish way before Dexter wraps up so it is ideal for Showtime. This way, they can garner more viewers and wrap up the series on its own term while promoting another new show. This seems more likely to me, but that would also mean that my co-host, Anthony “Busy Body” Burrola, was right about Dexter’s eighth season being its last and that is not something anybody wants.
Whatever the case, we’re getting Dexter early and that is great. Here’s the rest of the premiere schedule for 2013 on Showtime.
Season 3 of SHAMELESS starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum premieres Sunday, January 13th at 9:00 p.m. along with the second season of HOUSE OF LIES followed at 10 p.m., and the sixth season of CALIFORNICATION at 10:30 p.m.
INSIDE COMEDY will premiere season two of its critically-acclaimed documentary series on Monday, February 11th at 11 P.M. The ten, half-hour episodes will feature David Steinberg along with a line-up of comedy luminaries including Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY premieres Friday, March 15th. From Emmy winner R.J. Cutler (The September Issue), who spent a great deal of time with former Vice President Cheney, and with his full support, delves into his life and career. Includes original interviews with his family and Donald Rumsfeld.
NURSE JACKIE Season Five starring Emmy® Award winner Edie Falco, will debut on Sunday, April 14th, at 9 PM. A repeat of the premiere episode of Nurse Jackie will air at 9:30 PM; followed by the third season debut of THE BORGIAS at 10 PM, starring Oscar® winner Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe® nominated role as Pope Alexander.
Moving to Mondays, THE BIG C: hereafter will conclude with a four-part limited event series on Monday, April 29th at 10 PM, starring Laura Linney in her Golden Globe® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated role as Cathy Jamison.
The eighth season of the network’s award-winning drama, DEXTER will be moved up to a summer premiere, and will be the springboard for the highly anticipated series premiere of RAY DONOVAN on Sunday June 30th. DEXTER will premiere at 9 pm followed by RAY DONOVAN at 10 pm.
Season Three of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winning drama series HOMELAND will return this fall on Sunday, September 29th at 9 pm followed by the premiere of the new drama series MASTERS OF SEX at 10 pm.
Written by Daniel Lee