Canadian broadcaster to air "Dexter"

Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:02am EST
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - An edited version of the American crime drama "Dexter" is coming to Canadian broadcast television on February 17, courtesy of the Hollywood writers strike.

Toronto-based CTV said Monday that it will air the show in simulcast with CBS. The U.S. network is recycling episodes of cable sibling Showtime's serial-killer saga to fill programming holes left by the 11-week-old strike.

Canadians, barred access to Showtime, have previously viewed "Dexter" only on domestic premium pay TV networks the Movie Network and Movie Central.

CTV will air CBS' edited version of "Dexter" and include program advisories ahead of each broadcast segment. The drama will fill the 10 p.m. Sunday slot previously occupied by "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." "Dexter" stars Michael C. Hall as a Miami police forensics expert by day and killer by night.

Other U.S. cable dramas that CTV has added to its national schedule during the writers strike include AMC's "Mad Men" and the final season of "The Sopranos."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter