Showtime expands Dexter and Billions universes with new series
James R | On 12, Feb 2023
Showtime is getting in on the universe-building game with series in the works expanding both the Dexter and Billions franchise.
The eight-season run of the original Dexter premiered in the fall of 2006 and starred Michael C Hall as Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami Metro police department who moonlights as a serial killer. Now, after a revival that saw Hall reprise his role, Showtime is planning more spin-offs, including Dexter: Origins, executive produced by Clyde Phillips, and a new version of Dexter: New Blood, which depicts the ongoing emergence of Dexter’s son, Harrison.
Origins will dramatise young Dexter Morgan at the outset of his transition into the avenging serial killer he would become. Set in the Miami that was a hotbed of real serial killers of his time, the show will begin as Dexter graduates college to join Miami Metro, where he meets younger versions of many of the characters we came to know in the original series.
Dexter: New Blood is a new incarnation of the 2021-22 drama that focuses on Dexter’s son, Harrison, who survived his tumultuous reintroduction with his father and flees to New York City where he must wrestle with his own violent nature and whether, like his father, he too is compelled to kill.
In addition, Showtime is exploring other characters from the DEXTER universe whom the network could develop for potential series, such as the makings of the notorious Trinity Killer originally played by John Lithgow.
Showtime is taking a similar approach to another hit series, Billions, with a string of projects in development executive produced by Billions showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who have established their own brand of articulately incorrigible characters.
Billions: Miami will be a new installment set in the world of private aviation, where the clientele believe the rules of society, government and gravity don’t apply to them, amidst the wealth, nightlife, contraband and the cryptocurrency that pulses through that city. Koppelman and Levien are already in the writing process on this project.
Billions: London will be set across the pond and operate in the world of UK finance. Millions will be a series featuring diverse, thirtysomething, financial mogul wannabes doing whatever it takes to make it in Manhattan. And Trillions will be a drama based on fictional stories of the richest people in the world – titans of industry living all over the country but coming into contact and conflict with one another.
“We remain fascinated by people whose ambition is boundless and who think the laws of civilization and nature don’t apply to them,” said Koppelman and Levien. “Miami is a vital and vibrant place the super-rich have begun taking over. We’re excited to show everyone what’s really going on down there.”
Koppelman and Levien signed to a multi-year overall deal with Showtime in 2019 that was recently extended. They will be involved in all of the projects and continue to serve as executive producers and showrunners of Billions, alongside Beth Schacter. Season 7 of Billions is currently in production and will air later this year.