‘Dexter: New Blood,’ filmed in area, hits TV screens Sunday

  • A Steadicam operator gets ready to shoot a scene for the Showtime series “Dexter: New Blood” in April at McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Crews set up to film a scene for the Showtime series “Dexter: New Blood” at the Whately Diner in April. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Crews set up to film a scene for the Showtime series “Dexter: New Blood” at the Whately Diner in April. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 11/5/2021 4:24:02 PM

Nearly six months after filming wrapped up in Franklin County and eight years since the original series ended, the fictional serial killer Dexter Morgan will be returning to viewers’ TV screens this weekend.

“Dexter: New Blood” will premiere on Showtime Sunday night at 9 p.m. The 10-episode series is a continuation of “Dexter,” which lasted eight seasons and aired its finale in 2013.

Residents of Franklin County expressed their enthusiasm for the premiere of the new series, which was filmed in Shelburne Falls, Whately and Sunderland.

Bridge Street Bazaar co-owner Crystal Stinson said she has been anticipating the new season since filming finished. Production took place inside her Shelburne Falls store, which was transformed into “Fred’s Fish and Game” for the show.

“We’re excited to see the set they designed and the interior of the shop,” Stinson said. “Everyone is very excited, for sure.”

The Blue Rock Restaurant on Ashfield Street will be hosting a watch party for the series premiere. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 413-625-8133.

“We have pretty limited seating,” said Blue Rock Restaurant owner Holly Sanntag-Ramierez. “We’re taking reservations for 7:30 so that folks are ready to start the viewing for 9.”

Sanntag-Ramierez said she’s seen some of the original series’ episodes and seeing how the show itself was made was a great experience.

“I watched the first two seasons of ‘Dexter’ and watching the whole process was so much fun,” Sanntag-Ramierez said. “The restaurant wasn’t in the show, but you can see it in the background. It’s just fun to see how they portray the town and see it in a different light.”

The show, which stars Michael C. Hall as the titular Dexter — the “blood-spatter expert for the Miami Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer” — takes place 10 years after Dexter goes missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, according to a Showtime press release. At the start of the new series, Dexter is embracing his new life, living under an assumed name in the fictional small town of Iron Lake, N.Y.

In April, Showtime crews arrived at Shelburne Falls, the location of the show’s primary setting, Iron Lake. For two weeks, the village was transported back to the winter holidays, with heaps of fake snow on the sidewalks, wreaths on doors and lights on trees. Scenes were also filmed at the Whately Diner and on Amherst Road (Route 116) in Sunderland.

The Showtime crew donated its holiday props and decorations to the town, which Stinson said people are excited to use for Shelburne Falls’ Moonlight Magic event after Thanksgiving.

“We’re all really excited for that, for Moonlight Magic,” Stinson said, “to try and recreate some of the scenes and lighting you can see on the show.”

Shelburne Falls resident Whit Sanford, who is also development director with the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) and helps decorate the village for the holidays each year, echoed those thoughts, saying the Showtime crew was quite generous in donating the decorations.

“We were totally pleased with their help. They listened to us, they upgraded our garland and lights on the lamp posts,” Sanford said. “They really contributed to the well-being of the village.”

Sanford said she has never seen the show and plans to watch both the old and new series in the coming months, although she was “disappointed by the review on NPR” she heard Friday morning.

“I have a winter project now to watch it, both the old and the new,” she said. “I’m not exactly thrilled by the macabre nature of the series, but I will enjoy it nonetheless.”

The show’s most recent trailer, released on Sept. 9, features several shots of Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls as Hall strolls on the sidewalk and talks to passersby.

The series kicks off on Showtime, which is a subscription-based, premium TV channel, on Sunday at 9 p.m.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.

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