After we reported that Showtime is set to begin filming the fourth season of Dexter in May, the cult hit's titular character admits in an interview that playing the lovable vigilante gets to him. In fact, he's thankful that shooting for the Showtime series is not an all-year affair, lest he loses his mind.
"It's nice that our shooting schedule only last for about four-and-a-half months, so for the greater part of the year I'm not playing the part," Michael C. Hall tells TV Scoop. "I can catch my breath and reacquaint myself with other characters or myself."
Hall, 38, who has played the enigmatic character of Dexter for the three critically acclaimed seasons, adds that while "the longer you spend playing the character, the easier it gets," it also becomes tricky because he concedes that he takes his work home with him. And if the character in question is a sociopath serial killer, the concern is easily understandable.
In fact, Hall says, he gets so engrossed in Dexter's plots that they tend to affect his personal life.
"When the show's happening, there's always some level of consideration or preoccupation about what story we're telling. I wouldn't have it any other way - it's nice to be telling a story that's so compelling."
Showtime renewed the series for a fourth and fifth season on October, 2008. As far as Hall was concerned, while he's not sure how far Dexter can go, he hopes the writers figure out an "end game" soon, so that they may start telling the story with that ending in mind.
Dexter's third season finale, which aired December, 2008, gave Showtime its highest ratings for an original series since 2004, reeling in 1.51 million viewers. It also gave the cable network its first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.