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Dexter's eighth season will bring series to a close

Dexter: Season 7

Story by Jack Foley

SHOWTIME has officially confirmed that the eighth season of Dexter will be its last.

A new clip released on US television featuring two minutes of footage includes the tagline “final season”.

Showtime chairman and CEO Matt Blank told The Hollywood Reporter: “When it debuted in 2006, Dexter re-defined the genre by taking the anti-hero to new heights and pushing the boundaries of the television landscape.

Dexter paved the way for the next generation of award-winning hit Showtime series, and its cultural impact will be felt for years to come.”

Showtime president of entertainment David Nevins added: “Dexter is a landmark franchise for our network and we cannot wait to unveil the conclusion of this series as we know it to the millions of passionate fans who have supported the show season after season.

“We’d like to thank Michael [C Hall], Jennifer [Carpenter] and Dexter‘s indomitable cast, executive producers, writers and crew for eight incredible seasons.”

Showtime will now use the final season of Dexter as a launch pad for new series Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, when it returns to US TV on June 30.

Yvonne Strahovski will also be reprising her role as Hannah in the final series.

During its run, Dexter has been nominated for 25 Emmys, including four for outstanding drama series. Hall has also picked up five nominations for lead actor in a drama five years in a row (from 2008 to 2012). Overall, the show has won four Emmys and two Globes.

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