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Showtime near 'Weeds' deal

Showtime has given an early greenlight to a second season of one-hour thriller “Dexter” and is finalizing a deal to bring back Mary-Louise Parker starrer “Weeds” for a third cycle.

Announcement for the latter is said to be imminent.

Production on 12 new hours of “Dexter” will begin next spring for a premiere next summer. Renewal arrives after just five episodes of the current season have aired.

Based on the novel “Darkly Dreaming Dexter,” skein stars Michael C. Hall as a forensics expert for the Miami Police Dept. who moonlights as a justice-seeking serial killer.

“Dexter” is a “home run for us, both critically and in popularity. The show was launched at the height of all the broadcast networks’ fall launches and instantly became our highest-rated show,” said Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt.

John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Clyde Phillips are exec producers. “Dexter” also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Julie Benz, Erik King, David Zayas and James Remar.

Season finale airs Dec. 17.

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