Showtime has given the full half-season run to their latest drama, Dexter.

The announcement comes just five episodes into the series, based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, reports Variety. It stars Michael C. Hall as a forensics expert for the Miami Police Dept. who moonlights as a justice-seeking serial killer; co-stars are Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Julie Benz, Erik King, David Zayas and James Remar.

The season finale of Dexter airs December 17th on Showtime.

In other network news, the comedy, Weeds has been renewed for a third season; that show stars Mary-Louise Parker, among many more.