'Dexter' Season 7 In Jeopardy Over Michael C. Hall's Salary

'Dexter' star Michael C Hall is fighting Showtime for a bigger salary

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Dexter star Michael C. Hall's contract with Showtime runs through this year, closing out the sixth season of the popular drama. A seventh may not be forthcoming, as Hall and Showtime have been unable to reach an agreement on his future earnings.

The contract negotiations have broken down over a $4 million discrepancy in terms. Reportedly, Hall and his representatives want $24 million for another two seasons of Dexter, while the cable network is only willing to pay $20 million. Rumor has it that Showtime is willing to renegotiate for a single season extension, making season 7 the last for the serial killer drama.

Even at the lower $20 million figure, Hall would be one of the highest-paid actors on television at over $800,000 an episode. The salary that he requested would give him a cool $1 million per episode over two years. According to Deadline the actor is tired of working in television after ten years on Dexter and Six Feet Under, and wants to pursue work in film and Broadway. Hall is currently set to play General Ulysses S. Grant in To Appomattox, HBO's Civil War miniseries slated for 2013.

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Despite a lukewarm reception last year, Dexter is still Showtime's highest-rated show. The Sunday season premiere scored 2.2 million viewers, a record for a Dexter debut and Showtime's best in more than a decade. Critical and audience reaction seems generally positive following the airing, which featured this year's guest stars Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks. This season Dexter has a new showrunner in Scott Buck, who previously served alongside Hall as an executive producer.

It's tough for any series to stay consistently good year after year, and Dexter is still coming off the high of Season 4, one of the most impressive dramatic runs in recent memory. It's rare that a show can stay fresh for six years or more, though Dexter is certainly making an effort. Will the sixth season be Dexter Morgan's last run around Miami? We'll be keeping a close eye on the proceedings.


Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9PM on Showtime.

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Source: Deadline Hollywood

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