Showtime Boss David Nevins Talks The End of Dexter

Via As part of the network’s TCA Press Tour presentation, President of Entertainment at Showtime, David Nevins, took some time to talk about their popular, long-running drama series Dexter, what he thought of the creative choices for this season, and the relationship between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his adopted sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). Nevins also talked about the status of future seasons of Nurse Jackie and The Borgias, his hopes for their latest comedy, House of Lies, and where this season’s most critically acclaimed new drama, Homeland, will be headed in Season 2.

Question: Dexter had its highest ratings this season, but how did you feel about it creatively?
DAVID NEVINS: I thought they had interesting storylines. I thought that the theme of Dexter (Michael C. Hall) trying to figure out what he wants to pass on to his son and his questioning issues of spirituality made for interesting stuff. I think there’s a very clear trajectory now, where they’re going over the course of the next two seasons. I think it’s going to help to write with that end-game in mind. I’ve been pushing to shake up the formula a bit, and I think there’s gonna be fundamentally different dynamics now that Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), in addition to confronting her feelings for Dexter, has also just been given a huge reveal at the end of the season. That’s gonna ricochet through, and change the feel. I think it’s time to shake up what Dexter goes through, so that he’s not quite such a lone wolf. Read more after the jump...

When you got the scripts for the rough-cut episodes of this last season of Dexter and saw that there was a subplot where a therapist was encouraging Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) to date her adopted brother, did you think, “Wow, this is a bold direction for the series,” or “Wait a minute, even adopted siblings can’t date”?
NEVINS: I don’t know that she was encouraging them to date. She was encouraging Deb to confront it, and that’s a story that will continue next season.

Were you aware of viewers getting an icky feeling about that?
NEVINS: Yeah, I’m aware that there’s a certain taboo, despite the fact that they’re not genetically related, absolutely. But, it’s something that I think has been building for a number of years. If you go back and you look at the last couple seasons, it’s an idea that has informed how they’ve done the show, for a long time. I definitely dispute that she was encouraging them to date, but she did want Debra to start to deal with it and confront it, and that led to the big reveal at the end of the season.

With the past history between Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, did you have to have any discussions with the actors, before developing a romantic storyline between them?
NEVINS: It makes for an interesting ripple in the show. I think the audiences will figure that in, as they go. We do have conversations. When you have actors like Michael and Jennifer, who have been heart-and-soul characters for so long, they know what’s going on, and there are conversations that go back and forth. Michael and Jennifer have a very good relationship, so it’s quite comfortable. That has been a conversation and will continue to be a conversation

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  1. "it’s an idea that has informed how they’ve done the show, for a long time"

    i love that they're pulling these statement out of their asses now to make sense of Deb's sudden race to confess love to Dexter which materialized after one episode with the shrink.

  2. I don't really think they are going in a bad direction althought I first thought it. I think in a way they are right 'cause someway I try to think as if it was a real story and I do think that there's a slight possibility that Deb fell in love with him.

  3. I remember you that Dexter killed his brother for Debra... That has to mean something

  4. BettyBoop

    They are not pulling statements out of their asses. It has always been part of the show. As my lesbian friend pointed out best (she has a lifetime experience dealing with people who are "disgusted or grossed out" by who she happens to be in love with) - "Nobody ever wants to confront the obvious when it comes to unorthodox feelings. They are empathic morons. People will go online in secret and watch the sickest porn imaginable, and then claim to be "shocked" when confronted with an emotional variance in a person they love or admire.

    It is uncommon, but not unheard of for adopted siblings to find love and marry. In fact, actress Lindsay Price - of Love Bites/Eastwick/Lipstick Jungle is the daughter of an adopted brother and sister who married, had two children, and live happily ever after.

    If there is NO genetic link and no threat of birth defects, and they are of legal age, it is ridiculous to have a fit about it. Really, it's only taboo in specific states in the U.S. and is perfectly legal in England and other places. Leave it to fucking American puritanism and political correctness to tell us what to do every moment of our lives and what we should feel, and think, and who we should vote for, and what we should believe, and whom should be allowed to fall in love with.

    This in a society where we are directly responsible for the wholesale BUTCHERING of our neighbors because we love drugs, and we CANNOT STOP BUYING them, but we don't have the guts to admit it and make them legal. We'd rather arm fucking cartels, fill our jails with junkies, and cause an endless amount of suffering. =P

    But oh yea, let's be morally outraged over a woman who falls in love with her serial killer brother on a fucking television show!

    People are willing to accept that this is a fantasy based TV show, and they are willing to root for a serial killer... so why the fuck would they have a moral issue over something that is WAY WAY WAY more benign and palatable?

    I've never been more disgusted with people in my entire life than the morons who are complaining about this on moral grounds. They are as bad as the pro lifers who stand outside clinics and spit on unwed teenage mothers and threaten doctors. Despicable and hypocritical morality if I ever saw it before.

    1. Seriously, you need something better to do with your time than sitting on this website ranting about a post that has nothing to do with you. That was such a waste of your life. It's sad. You're sad. I feel bad for you. Now go get a job or have sex or both. You are obviously not doing one of them. You need to get on it. Now I have to go. I have to have sex with my boyfriend then I need to go to sleep because I have work in the morning. See how that works?

  5. To Anonymous 04:14 pm

    Hear, hear!

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