"Dexter" picked up for 2 more seasons

Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:58am EDT

The cast of ''Dexter'' in an undated photo. REUTERS/Showtime/Handout

The cast of ''Dexter'' in an undated photo.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Showtime has renewed its top-rated drama series "Dexter" for two more seasons.

The premium cable network has ordered 12 episodes each for Seasons 4 and 5, with the fourth season set to go into production in the spring in Los Angeles.

Season 3 premiered September 28 and is averaging 2.5 million weekly viewers combined across all airings, up 16% over the same period last season. When DVR and on-demand numbers are factored in, Showtime expects that number to exceed 3 million weekly viewers.

"Dexter," which stars Michael C. Hall as a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer, was nominated for five Emmys this year, including best drama series and best lead actor in a drama. The show also received a 2008 Peabody Award.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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