<i>Dexter's</i> Future In Doubt

Fox and The Simpsons aren't the only ones embroiled in a potentially series-ending salary dispute.

Deadline reports that even as Sunday's sixth-season premiere of Dexter set a ratings record for Showtime, negotiations between the cable network and star Michael C. Hall have reached an impasse that leaves the future of the hit drama in doubt.

Hall's contract ends with this season, which is about to wrap production, meaning the actor could say farewell to serial killer Dexter Morgan, the role that's earned him three Emmy nominations. Talks reportedly broke down over $4 million: Showtime is offering $20 million for two more seasons, but Hall wants $24 million.

The actor has been working on television for a solid decade, moving directly from Six Feet Under to Dexter, and is looking for other venues, including Broadway. According to Deadline, Showtime executives are hopeful they can reach a deal, with one more season instead of two among the options.

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