05 Jan

Susan Leighton

When Deadline announced last October that Dexter was returning to Showtime for a limited series run, part of me wanted to scream because I am tired of “revivals, reboots, et al.” However, the more I thought about it, the more I resigned myself to the fact that the current Hollywood obsession with returning to the IP well wasn’t going away. So, I let my curiosity take over. 

Truth be told, I didn’t mind the finale. Yes, social media flipped out and fans were pissed off but even a serial killer vigilante deserves a clean slate and a change of scenery. By all accounts, the only reason why the show is returning is because star and executive producer, Michael C. Hall and showrunner Clyde Phillips have found a “creative take” that would honor the series that was the cornerstone of Showtime’s programming schedule. 

Of course, no details on what their particular vision is for the new incarnation but yesterday, Clancy Brown was confirmed as a lead character. This is exciting news. Brown is a consummate professional who excels in whatever role he plays be it the curmudgeonly boss of SpongeBob SquarePants or Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption

According to Variety, the actor will portray Kurt Caldwell who is the primary villain on the series. Caldwell is described as being “the unofficial mayor of the small town of Iron Lake who owns a trucking company and the local truck stop.” While all of this makes him sound like a bona fide pillar of the community, you know he has a dark side otherwise he wouldn’t be in Dexter’s crosshairs. 

Let’s face it, everyone who was a faithful Dexter viewer had their reservations about the series coming back. Would the new approach make up for the lackluster way that the show ended? With a talented thespian like Brown joining the fold, there is real potential for a return to what made Dexter compelling entertainment. 

It reminds me of when John Lithgow joined the cast in the fourth season as Arthur Mitchell a.k.a. the “Trinity Killer.” A “man of the people” who is leading a double life as a depraved murderer. 

The description of Caldwell sounds awfully close to Mitchell. We all know that Brown can get downright terrifying and sinister making him a worthy foe for Dexter Morgan. 

Dexter will be preparing his kill room for a fall debut on Showtime. Stay tuned…

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