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Showrunner Clyde Phillips Leaving 'Dexter'

by Ryan McKee, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:50AM
Showtime's drama about the serial killer with a heart of gold has been the network's top-rated show since its first season in 2006. This latest season injected a near-overdose of creepiness with the addition of John Lithgow, a maestro of the macabre, as the Trinity Killer, and ratings soared even higher. (It turns out audiences have an even higher tolerance for disturbing hammer murders than disturbing David Duchovney sex scenes.)

However, after the ratings record-breaking 'Dexter' finale Sunday, all that bloody love hangs in jeopardy since showrunner Clyde Phillips announced he's leaving the show to spend more time with his family in Connecticut. Maybe the dozens of violent murders and buckets of blood finally got to him.Showtime's drama about the serial killer with a heart of gold has been the network's top-rated show since its first season in 2006. This latest season injected a near-overdose of creepiness with the addition of John Lithgow, a maestro of the macabre, as the Trinity Killer, and ratings soared even higher. (It turns out audiences have an even higher tolerance for disturbing hammer murders than disturbing David Duchovney sex scenes.)

However, after the ratings record-breaking 'Dexter' finale Sunday, all that bloody love hangs in jeopardy since showrunner Clyde Phillips announced he's leaving the show to spend more time with his family in Connecticut. Maybe the dozens of violent murders and buckets of blood finally got to him.

What does this mean for the future of the show? First, fans can rest assured Michael C. Hall and company will be back for another round since the series is in the middle of a two-season pickup. Secondly, though Phillips joined the show after the pilot episode, the executive producers who developed the novel into the series and made the pilot, Sara Colleton and John Goldwyn, are still there, so the voice and feel of the show won't change.

Plus, fans don't have to worry about 'Dexter' 'jumping the shark.' They already did that at the end of Season 2 and it's still fun. Watching the expert actor Hall come apart at the seams after the shocking finale will be exciting on its own.

Finally, Phillips has left the show in the capable hands of '24' co-executive producer Chip Johannessen. He has to be excited to stretch his suspense muscles after only doing action for so many seasons.


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