WGA STRIKE UPDATE: Showtime's Dexter Heading to CBS Feb. 17
Show Will Be Heavily Edited for Broadcast Network's Audience
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/7/2008 5:58:00 PM
Showtime and CBS are sister networks under parent company Viacom. The move marks the first time that the full season of a cable program will make the jump to network television. CBS will air the complete first season of the series -- heavily edited for content -- on consecutive Sundays.
Broadcast networks are looking for creative ways to program in the face of a protracted writers' strike.
"We're excited to work with our corporate cousins at Showtime on this unique programming opportunity," said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, in a statement. "Dexter is a high-quality, compelling series that will be new and original programming for most CBS viewers. It's also a great match with our existing lineup, affording us the opportunity to promote this critically decorated series in CBS' top-rated crime dramas."
Dexter recently completed its second season on Showtime. The show follows a Miami forensics expert who also happens to be a serial killer, albeit one who only kills murderers who are not brought to justice.
NBC recently announced that Psych, one of the most popular shows on NBC Universal-owned USA Network, will make the jump to the parent network, as well.
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