CTV's Killer Move: Dexter Becomes Latest Series to Join CTV Winter Lineup, Feb. 17



    - Critically acclaimed drama joins North America's most robust winter
    schedule on CTV -

    - Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Michael C. Hall stars as Dexter
    Morgan -

    "Dexter is yet another temptation that is almost impossible to resist."
    - New York Times

    TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - He's a perfect gentleman, a respected member of
the police force.... and a cold-blooded serial killer. He's Dexter(TM), and
he's coming to CTV this February. CTV announced today that it will bring the
killer hit and edgy, morally-challenging drama to Canadian viewers in another
conventional television first. The 12-episode, first season of the series
about loveable sociopath Dexter Morgan, played by Emmy Award nominee Michael
C. Hall, will air in simulcast with CBS on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET beginning
February 17 on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The
exclusive broadcast deal with CBS Paramount International Television is the
latest move by CTV to reinforce its status as the home of the hits following
last week's acquisition of another big-buzz, monster success from cable, Mad
Men. The two, new, one-hour dramas solidify CTV's position as Canada's
conventional television destination for premium cable series.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download photos from Dexter at ctvmedia.ca

    Dexter joins one of the most robust programming schedules in North
America this winter. Only CTV can deliver fresh, hit programming such as
all-new Medium, Law & Order, Dance War, Terminator: The Sarah Connor
Chronicles (Jan. 13), Corner Gas (Jan. 14), Degrassi: The Next Generation
(Jan. 14), American Idol (Jan. 15), The Moment of Truth (Jan. 23), Lost (Jan.
31), Eli Stone (Jan. 31), Lipstick Jungle (Feb. 7), Oprah's Big Give (March 2)
and Dancing with the Stars (March 17), along with Mad Men (TBA) and Nip/Tuck
(TBA).

    "Dexter is a brilliant, challenging and risky series that was a must-have
for CTV," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV
Inc. "Not since Tony Soprano has there been an anti-hero on television that is
so immensely alluring, despite his immorality. The ethical challenge to the
viewer is whether they can like a character who kills in cold blood. It's a
daring premise - and it works."

    "We are thrilled to be able to expose Dexter to a wider audience by
licensing it to CTV in Canada," commented Armando Nunez, Jr., President, CBS
Paramount International Television.

    Based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter stars
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) as
Dexter Morgan, a brilliant forensics expert for the Miami Metro Police
Department by day - and serial killer by night. But Dexter doesn't just murder
anyone - he employs a strict moral code by only dispatching those who have
eluded the law. Because of Dexter's mature and explicit content, viewers will
be appropriately warned in advance of each segment of the broadcast.

    Dexter is the latest premium cable series to come to CTV, which has
established itself as a pioneer in broadcasting controversial cable content on
conventional television, following acquisitions of The Sopranos, The Osbournes
and Nip/Tuck.

    A winner of two technical Emmy Awards, Dexter has been honoured for two
consecutive years by the American Film Institute as a Top 10 Outstanding
Program (2006, 2007). The series has also been nominated in various categories
for awards given out by the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Casting Society
and the Television Critics Association. The series recently completed its
second season on SHOWTIME, with its second season finale last month delivering
1.4 million viewers, the largest audience ever for an original SHOWTIME
broadcast.

    Dexter's Michael C. Hall has been twice nominated for a Golden Globe
Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series (2007, 2008). He is
the recipient of the 2007 Television Critics Association Award for Individual
Achievement in Drama and also received a Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. Hall has also won a
Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

    Dexter also stars Julie Benz (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jennifer
Carpenter (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Erik King (National Treasure), Lauren
Velez (Oz), David Zayas (Michael Clayton) and James Remar (Sex and the City).
John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Clyde Phillips, are Executive Producers.
Dexter was developed for television by James Manos, Jr.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Renée Horton, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5374 or
rhorton@ctv.ca; Anne-Marie La Pointe, CTV Inc., (416) 332-7353 or
alapointe@ctv.ca


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