By People Staff
Updated January 31, 2008 12:00 AM
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Credit: Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC; Jill Greenberg/Showtime

Without writers to develop the crime dramas audiences are dying to watch, CBS has a plan to air a watered-down first season of Dexter, Showtime’s killer dramedy about a cop who’s a forensics specialist in blood splatters, but also moonlights as a vigilante serial killer. The show, which stars Golden Globe nominee Michael C. Hall, may be have earned rave reviews from critics, but is now getting criticized by parents.

TV watchdog group Parents Television Council issued the following statement:

“We are formally asking CBS to cancel its plan to air the first season of Dexter,” PTC President Tim Winter said. “This show is not suitable for airing on broadcast television… the series compels viewers to empathize with a serial killer, to root for him to prevail, to hope he doesn’t get discovered. Dexter introduces audiences to the depths of depravity and indifference as it chronicles the main character’s troubled quest for vigilante justice by celebrating graphic, premeditated murder.”

Meanwhile, some television reviewers sing a different tune. The Chicago Sun-Times called the show “fantastic, fascinating, creepy, charming and gruesome,” while the San Francisco Chronicle called it “daring and original.”

As for the edited version that will appear on CBS, a rep from the network said in a statement that the episodes “will be edited to meet all network television broadcast standards, similar to the way theatrical movies have been edited for broadcast for many years.”

Tell us: Do you think Dexter should air on CBS? Or should it stay on Showtime?Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC; Jill Greenberg/Showtime