‘Dexter’ season 8: First teaser (with ‘Ray Donovan’ included)

Dexter and Debra MorganShowtime is wasting almost no time at all when it comes to promoting the eighth season of “Dexter.” Just days after first announcing that the drama will be back on the air this summer beginning on June 30, the network debuted their first teaser for the show during their lineup of “Shameless,” “House of Lies,” and “Californication” on Sunday night.

Unfortunately, this teaser does not really fulfill any other purpose other than reminding you of the show’s new premiere date. There is no new footage (which makes sense given that none has been shot yet), and there is also no nifty or strange artistic design like we have seen from some other past teasers. Instead, all we have here are some highlights from the end of season 7, including the now-infamous scene featuring LaGuerta and Dexter telling his sister Deb to “do what you gotta do.” (We will probably receive a more substantial teaser in the spring, and an official trailer in the months that follow.)

What is interesting about this teaser to us is that in no part of it does it mention that this will be the final season for “Dexter,” which was assumed until the ratings started to spike upward at the end of the fall. We’re actually not positive that the show is going to draw monster ratings in June or even the same ones it did this past December, and there are two primary reasons for that:

1. More people are probably going to be hanging out outside than watching TV.

2. “True Blood” is likely to share at least a small percentage of the “Dexter” fanbase … though maybe not as much as “The Walking Dead” did (which could be a reason for fans to have some hope that there won’t be much of a drop-off).

In addition to “Dexter,” you can also see a first look thrown in here of “Ray Donovan,” the news series starring Liev Schreiber that is premiering following the show this summer.

If you want to read more about the endgame of “Dexter,” be sure to read some more about what Showtime boss David Nevins had to say about the show coming to a close.

Photo: Showtime, video via SpoilerTV

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