Showtime has ordered two more seasons of Dexter.
The Michael C. Hall drama has been locked in for 12-episode seventh and eighth seasons after locking in a two-season deal for Hall to remain on the series. Production on the seventh season will begin next year in Los Angeles.
Dexter opened its sixth season in October, averaging 5.1 million viewers on all platforms including On Demand, encores and DVR, the highest-rated season to date. The current season is executive produced by John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, Manny Coto and Hall.
“Dexter‘s enormous success is a real tribute to the great achievements of its cast, producers, and the powerhouse performance of Michael C. Hall,” said David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime. “The series is bigger than it’s ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape. Together with Michael, the creative team on the show has a very clear sense of where they intend to take the show over the next two seasons and, as a huge fan, I’m excited to watch the story of Dexter Morgan play out.”
Hall added: “On behalf of the entire Dexter family, we relish the invitation to delve ever deeper into Dexter’s world.”
No decision has been made on whether these two seasons will be the final ones of the series. Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas and James Remar co-star.