'Dexter' killing spree continues

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Michael C. Hall's signed for two more seasons as Showtime's "Dexter"

No, they’re not going to stop him before he kills again.

Answering the question that’s been on a lot of viewers' minds this fall, Showtime yesterday renewed “Dexter,” its drama about a serial killer with a conscience, for Seasons 7 and 8, after reaching a deal with star Michael C. Hall to return for two more 12-episode seasons.

Counting the various ways people watch (live, On Demand, in replays and on DVR) the show’s averaging about 5 million viewers a week, making this its most-watched season yet, according to Showtime.

And, yes, ratings do sometimes trump common sense, for those of you wondering just how long a guy who kills people he thinks need killing can go on without getting caught or degenerating into a less-than-sympathetic character.

“  ‘Dexter’s’ enormous success is a real tribute to the great achievements of its cast, producers, and the powerhouse performance of Michael C. Hall,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “The series is bigger than it’s ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape. Together with Michael, the creative team on the show has a very clear sense of where they intend to take the show over the next two seasons and, as a huge fan, I'm excited to watch the story of Dexter Morgan play out.”

But will it eventually be played out? And how?

I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.