Is This the Last Season of 'Dexter?'
Just yesterday we heard news that "The Simpsons" might be in trouble. While that situation seems to have resolved itself, there's another beloved show that might be in danger of cancellation due to contract negotiations: Showtime's "Dexter."
Deadline reports that talks between Showtime and the show's star Michael C. Hall have broken down as discussions about a seventh season contract were under way. Hall is asking for $24 million for two more seasons of the show, while Showtime is unwilling to go above $20 million. Apparently that gap of $4 million has proved too much for the two sides to agree on, and talks have ceased for now.
Hall has a lot of leverage right now: the show just premiered to a record-setting viewership in its sixth season. It seems that Dexter Fever is at an all-time high, so Showtime has to be pretty determined to keep the show on the air.
You have to wonder, though, if Hall wants the same. After all, the actor has been working in television for a decade and has reportedly been itching for other opportunities. Plus, there's the fact that Hall and his recent ex-wife Jennifer Carpenter (who plays Deb) are still working together on the show. That can't be comfortable, can it?
Still, a lot would have to happen for "Dexter" not to continue. Even if Hall settles for $20M over two years, he would still be the highest-paid actor on a cable show. That's hard to pass up. Plus, how else will he vent his frustrations if he doesn't get to pretend to kill people every week?