Showtime’s Dexter has certainly chummed the waters now and again with talk of a potential revival, but given the current crop of TV series coming back for limited runs, could our worst fears be closer than we realize? Showtime might just want Dexter to start sharpening his knives.

Amid myriad discussion of past and future series, Showtime boss David Nevins spoke at the TCA press tour panel this morning, keeping his focus largely on new series from the likes of Billions to Jim Carrey, but also entertaining the notion of revivals. The Dexter question naturally arose once more (as it does every TCA) to which Nevins threatened:

‘Dexter’ is the one show that I would think about [continuing]. It’s a question of when the timing is right. If there’s a willingness to do it, I would certainly listen. Certainly I’d look at ‘Dexter.’

Granted, Nevins had previously commented that any future Dexter would require the participation of Michael C. Hall (and likely Jennifer Carpenter, who seemed ready to leave Dexter behind during her appearance at the Limitless panel). Said Nevins back in January:

It would have to involve Michael. I would only do it with Michael … It remains to be seen if they’re going to want to do it, if I’m going to want to do it. They never felt like killing Dexter is the right end. I think that show is that character. If we were to do it, I would want to do Dexter in a new concept and configuration. I would want the show to feel different and not just be a continuation of the old show.

The abundance of TV revivals in the current climate, between The X-Files, Prison Break, or even Twin Peaks makes a Dexter return seem frighteningly more plausible, at the least. For now, everybody be cool! If we don’t play this exactly right, Dexter: The Lumberjack Years lies ahead in all our futures, and they’re going to make me write about it!

Don’t make me write about new Dexter, guys.

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