Showtime Chief on Reviving ‘Dexter,’ New ‘Penny Dreadful’ Villain

TCA 2014: David Nevins says David Duchovny wanted to die on “Californication”


Showtime president David Nevins says there’s a chance of bringing back Dexter Morgan, the serial killer at the center of “Dexter.”

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel on Friday, he also revealed next season’s villain on “Penny Dreadful” and that David Duchovny wanted to die in last month’s “Californication” season finale. He also announced a Nov. 21 premiere date for the new Bob Dylan documentary “Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued.”

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He denied speculation — as he did at the last TCA gathering in January — that Showtime insisted Dexter remain alive in his finale.

“No one even discussed the idea of killing Dexter,” he said, adding that the network is leaving open the possibility of bringing the character back in some capacity.

“It worked for Jack Bauer. It worked for the Bluth family,” he said of recent “24” and “Arrested Development” revivals. But he added that there is “nothing really actively happening.”

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While there was no talk of killing Dexter, Nevins said, David Duchovny did want his character to die on “Californication.”

“He always thought Hank should go out in a blaze of glory,” Nevins said.

Nevins also said Helen McCrory, who played the eerie spiritualist Madame Kali on Season 1 of “Penny Dreadful,” will have an expanded role in Season 2 as the main antagonist of the lead characters. Nevins said he had seen scripts for the first eight episodes of the new season.

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He also discussed the difficulty of choosing Emmy categories for Showtime shows. This year the network switched “Shameless” from the drama to comedy category, scoring a nomination for lead William H. Macy.

He said whatever categories the Emmys create, Showtime will “try to defy” them.

“Lost Songs,” produced by Oscar winner T Bone Burnett and Sam Jones and directed by Jones, chronicles the recording of new music from long-lost Dylan lyrics.