'Dexter' to air on CBS starting Feb. 17

Dexter_l In a significant move designed to further strike-proof its schedule, CBS will begin airing repeats of Showtime’s cult hit fave Dexter on Feb. 17. The show just wrapped its second season on the CBS-owned premium cable network. The Eye says it will edit the first season of the series — a graphic drama starring Michael C. Hall (pictured, far left, with C.S. Lee) as a forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer — for broadcast at 10 p.m. Sundays. By opting to air 12 episodes of Dexter, CBS will become the first broadcast network to program an entire season of a premium cable series.

There has been speculation for some time that CBS would call up one of Showtime’s buzzworthy shows to help fill the void on its schedule while the strike looms large. Dexter, with its roots in the crime world, made the most sense for the network home to the CSI franchise, Cold Case, NUMB3RS and Criminal Minds. On the other hand, Weeds, though an award-winning critical fave, could be difficult for the Eye to air because some viewers have suggested that the drama about a suburban drug dealing mom promotes marijuana use.

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  • Joel

    This is one of the best shows on TV, but I can’t imagine it edited for Network TV.

  • Nick

    I’m excited to see something good and worth watching on CBS. I just hope they don’t edit the good out of it.

  • drella66

    at least something good is coming out of the strike for my viewing pleasure

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  • Joey

    I guess Dexter’s sister will be edited out of the show entirely, because I don’t think she’s ever spoken a single sentence without dropping the “f-bomb”.

  • Anonymous

    I love Dexter, but seriously, people are really clueless. Dexter promotes killing, a much higher crime than smoking weed. The viewers who would rather watch murder than pot are silly. If that’s the logic they’re using, they’re very selfish.

  • Lola

    Dexter promotes justice because the people he kills actually deserve it.

  • Anonymous

    I love Dexter but they will probably have to filter out a lot of content. Plus it’s just the first season, not the most recent. If you wanted to see it that badly you could just the season on DVD.

  • bbc

    I love it! This can only spread the word about a great show, and maybe more people will tune in this fall to Showtime to see the show as it is meant to be seen. I am interested in seeing how drastically the edits change things.

  • BizziBee

    Rent it on DVD. The editing is going to mash this show up!

  • tracy

    Best show ever. I’m totally floored by Michael C. Hall’s talent. Here is hope he gets more recognition.

  • Ken Peterson

    censoring (editing) will really really mess up this show…language, nuditity and gross blood and dismemberment has a lot of screen time

  • Mel

    They’re going to have to edit it so much that it’ll become a half hour long show. And Debra will be MIA. I love Dexter but I don’t see how they can pull this off without taking too much away from the storyline and characters.

  • KennyK

    I cant wait to see the whole 1st season of Dexter. I’m not too worried about them editing it to much, remember sometimes producers will film a clean version of a show in order to show it to certain audiences or as clips on late shows/ or commericals.

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