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Showtime, Paramount Expect Big Things from 'Dexter'

8 Aug, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — David Bowers, VP of marketing for Showtime Networks, isn’t expecting much to change when Dexter: The Sixth Season is released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 14. And that’s a good thing.

“This is the sixth season, and ‘Dexter,’ unlike any other program I’ve worked on, has almost no drop-off year to year,” he said, speaking at an Aug. 7 release party for the disc release. “It maintains a high level.”

Even after raising the wholesale price of discs for later seasons, Showtime and Paramount Home Media Distribution see a typical “Dexter” release track at more than 700,000 units in the first nine months, and to date, season one has sold more than 1.6 million units, Bowers said.

“People are invested in this show,” he said. “It speaks to a sophisticated audience, but it also borders on horror.”

Actor James Remar (Harry Morgan) has an explanation for America’s love-fest with a likeable serial killer: “It’s sushi. Sushi is popular because it tastes good, and good sushi is hard to find. ‘Dexter’ is consistently good year after year, and the fans keep coming back for a reason.”

His analogy plays nicely into the slice-and-dice nature of “Dexter,” though Remar added that there’s something more fundamental about the show: “[It’s] killing people, and picking the right people to kill.”

This sixth season has Dexter and Miami Homicide hunting down a serial killer basing his murders on the Book of Revelation, forcing Dexter to confront religion for the first time in this long-running show.

For bonus features, Showtime includes cast interviews and the first two episodes of “House of Lies,” the first two episodes of the fifth season of “Californication,” and the first two episodes of the second season of “The Borgias.”

“With Blu-ray, everything they want out of ‘Dexter’ is there, maximum picture quality, maximum surround sound quality,” said Craig Eggers, director of content creation and playback for home entertainment for Dolby Labs. “It’s quality you can see and hear, all the nuances you missed [on TV].”

The seventh season of “Dexter” will premiere Sept. 30, with plans for an eighth — and final — season to follow.

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