A killer site for "Dexter" victims

Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:05am EST
 
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By Alex Woodson

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Showtime Networks is partnering with Meebo, a firm that fuses video programming and chat rooms, to offer "Dexter" fans additional content after the serial-killer show airs its season finale on Sunday.

A video of "Dexter" executive producers and talent discussing the series will be available on-demand immediately following the finale, which airs at 9 p.m. on the premium cable channel.

Michael C. Hall, who stars as a vigilante serial killer on the series, will appear in the eight-minute clip along with fellow actors Eric King and C.S. Lee and executive producers Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn and Clyde Phillips.

The site (here), similar to one Meebo created for CBS' "Jericho," is set up like a traditional chat room with an area for users to chat and a small video player that for now, plays clips of the series and, come Sunday, will stream the new video.

Meebo is an in-browser application that allows users to sign on using AIM, Google Talk, MSN Messenger and other chat services.

Meebo vp business Martin Green said this project is the "perfect" case of how to use the Web to complement a TV program.

"People like to talk about the shows they care about with other people," Green said. "It can be very powerful for a brand like Showtime, which has these followings, to provide a place for that discussion, particularly when they have extra content."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Actor Michael C Hall from Showtime's "Dexter" arrives at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 28, 2007. Showtime Networks is partnering with Meebo, a firm that fuses video programming and chat rooms, to offer "Dexter" fans additional content after the serial-killer show airs its season finale on Sunday. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>