Broadcast nets borrow 'Dexter' and other killer cable shows

Dexter_lCBS’ impending new reality-TV slate may have made Mandi die inside, but another of the network’s mid-strike decisions is a good one: CBS will air episodes of Showtime’s Dexter (pictured) beginning Feb. 17. And thats not the only cable-to-broadcast move brought upon by the current dearth of scripted series. NBC plans to air full seasons of USA’s Monk and Psych starting March 2, and studios are shopping other cable series, like The Closer, Nip/Tuck, and Mad Men for placement on major network TV.

Though it kind pains me to imagine a heavily edited version of Dexter, sans blood/gore and everyone’s favorite aspect of premium channel series — the swearing! — I’m all for the cable shows getting the chance to find larger audiences on network TV. I guess this sounds lazy, but when I page through my DVR listings for the week, I rarely depart the "Channels 2-10" region unless I’ve made a specific note to do so. I’ve missed most episodes of plenty of great cable series this way. What about you? Will having small-time cable shows on the major nets make you more likely to watch them? Or would you rather have these shows stay put in all their unedited glory?

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  • Shirl

    Unedited glory. Network tv sucks the life out of really good shows.

  • Zan.Bee

    Major networks only edit “sexual content” al la Sex and the City. Dexter’s gore is no more sinister than any L&O:SVU, CSI and Criminal Minds!!

  • :o)

    I personally prefer to watch these shows unedited and glorious I don’t mind the networks borrowing them and editing them so that the fan base can increase and the shows can get more exposure.

  • paige

    if you have these premium channels and dont watch these shows but prefer to watch them on basic channels cause you’re too lazy to “depart the ‘Channels 2-10′ region”… then not only are you super lazy but youre a f***in idiot!

  • Nick

    Why doesn’t NBC snatch up Battlestar Galactica. I would even withstand a delay of the premiere if they would start now with season 1 and go all the way through 3.

  • Kathleen

    I’m psyched. I’ve been sans cable a couple years now, and it sucks to hear coworkers spoil a plot point for you because the show isn’t available on DVD yet. I certainly would prefer to watch the shows unedited, but I’d rather watch a swear-free Dexter than Ashton Kutcher telling some frat boy to take off his pants in a McDonald’s.

  • Robin

    I could benefit from watching these shows but only if they start from the beginning (or the beginning of a specific season)… I hate that I’ve missed most of Mad Men and The Closer because I simply didn’t realize they were on. I think the premium channel shows, however, should stay on HBO and Showtime. I don’t mind paying extra for the “privilege” in that case.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be watching Dexter, because I don’t get the premium channels, and they’ll only edit the sex and swearing, which doesn’t bother me that much. I hope other networks follow suit with shows like Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, The 4400, The Riches, etc…

  • Danny

    I’ll be watching Dexter, because I don’t get the premium channels, and they’ll only edit the sex and swearing, which doesn’t bother me that much. I hope other networks follow suit with shows like Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, The 4400, The Riches, etc…

  • Rose Tyler

    Question. Will Dex’s sister have any lines once they edit? She has the mouth of a sailor. Also I think NBC should air Battlestar. With all the sci-fi on the networks already and the return of Lost I think it’s the perfect time. I also like the idea of more people getting to know and love Mad Men. Though it may not be as fun edited either.

  • Heather

    If only the networks would start to pick up BBC America shows as well. Life on Mars definitely deserves a broader audience.

  • Anonymous

    This is kinda of a silly thought. But what happens when the strike ends. Do they keep on showing edited episodes of these Dexter and co. or do they just cut them off and folks who are hooked are s**t out of luck.

  • SH

    I’ll take edited Dexter over poorly acted Criminal Minds any day. However, I do enjoy myself a good “f***” or “s***” out of my cable series.

  • Anonymous

    Battlestar Galactica!
    A lot of it seems appropriate for network(frak anyone?) so I don’t think there’d even be some much editing needed.

  • Aleks

    When I heard Dexter was coming to CBS, I was a little miffed. I paid to watch Dexter, now everyone else gets it for free?! Whatever. I’m over it.
    And instead of importing cable shows to broadcast networks, I’d rather resurrect the first three seasons of Veronica Mars. If The CW re-aired them, I’d totally watch.

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