CBS Corporation CEO Les Moonves had said that CBS Television would be looking to tap the library of its premium cable sister Showtime for programming if the WGA strike wore on. Indeed that has happened, with CBS announcing that the drama “Dexter,” with some editing changes for broadcast television, will begin airing Sunday, February 17th, 10-11 pm ET.
"We’re excited to work with our corporate cousins at Showtime on this unique programming opportunity," Dexter is a high-quality, compelling series that will be new and original programming for most CBS viewers," said Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.
CBS says its airing of Dexter marks the first time a full season of a premium cable drama series will make the transition to network television. Dexter’s 12-episode first season will be edited for network television and will be broadcast on 12 consecutive Sundays. Season two recently completed its run on Showtime.
Michael C. Hall stars as Dexter Morgan, a Miami police detective who is also a serial killer, but a serial killer with a calling – he murders people he is sure are murderers who have escaped justice. According to the Showtime website, the original series was rated “MA” for adult content, graphic language, nudity and “viewer discretion is advised.” So, it looks like there will be considerable editing of the version airing on CBS.