How will Dexter on CBS differ from Showtime? - VIDEO
Recently I got to take a look at a screener of the pilot that will be airing on CBS (this coming Sunday), and to put my fears to rest, I played my season one DVD in my laptop as the screener played on my TV, both synced to the same moments.
I'm happy to report that what you'll be seeing on CBS -- at least with the first two episodes I was able to see -- isn't cut to pieces. Some longer, drawn out moments are cut down with little to no effect, done to keep the usually commercial-free hour-long version within a network TV hour. The violent scenes are toned down a tad, as is the swearing, but that's to be expected.
One scene that was cut down is shown below (sorry, I don't have the Showtime version to show you to compare). The one below is from the episode that will air on CBS, while the Showtime version added a few seconds of that scalpel making the cut across the man's face. I'm not really sure why they had to cut that out, since a) we know what's happening and b) we see the results later anyway.