<i>Dexter</i> Stalks New Showrunner

When Showtime's serial killer series returns for its sixth season, it'll be under the leadership of a new showrunner.

Deadline reports that executive producer Scott Buck is succeeding current Dexter showrunner Chip Johannessen in the job for season six. Buck has been with the series since the beginning of its second year and has served as second-in-command to both Johannessen and former showrunner Clyde Phillips. Additionally, he's either written or co-authored the past three season finales, including the infamous Rita's-in-the-bathtub scene.

Buck's promotion is one of few positive behind-the-scenes stories we've heard on the Dexter front in some time, as real-life couple and on-screen siblings Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter announced last week that they're seeking a divorce. The announcement was swiftly followed by rumors that Hall's co-star and on-screen romantic interest Julia Stiles somehow had a role to play in the breakup, though the actress denied those reports in a recently released statement.

Gossip isn't really our bread and butter here, but we certainly wish Hall and Carpenter luck in the midst of a tough time — and at the very least, it sounds like their professional life is going to get a creative booster shot in the form of Buck's hiring.

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