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‘Dexter’ ad boycott?

The Parents Television Council has called on advertisers to boycott CBS’ “Dexter” because of its violent nature and asked CBS network affiliates to pre-empt the show, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The main character works for the police as a blood-spatter expert who has channeled his desire to kill by secretly targeting only criminals. The show was originally produced for Showtime, which is owned by CBS. However, Showtime is a pay-cable network. CBS has edited the show for free broadcast to take out the most violent parts.

The PTC does not feel CBS has edited the show enough.

PTC President Tim Winter also chided CBS for not labeling the show for mature audiences only and called on CBS affiliates to pre-empt the show.

Among the advertisers who ran ads in the first episode to air on CBS were Capital One, Macy’s, Pfizer and Burger King, along with assorted movie studios.

CBS had no comment or response to the PTC’s most recent complaints about the show, but issued this statement earlier in response to previous PTC concerns:

“ ’Dexter’ is an award-winning, critically acclaimed series for Showtime that will be edited for CBS in the same fashion that feature films, for many years, have been presented on broadcast television. The telecast of ‘Dexter’ will comply with all network television standards, be edited with respect for artistic integrity, and scheduled responsibly in the last hour of prime time. As always, with broadcasts containing mature content, television audiences will be well informed with an appropriate V-chip rating and parental advisories in advance and during the broadcast.”

Martin to exit ‘L&O;’

“Law & Order” veteran Jesse L. Martin is expected to leave the long-running NBC drama after nine years, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Anthony Anderson is in final negotiations to come onboard and fill the void left by Mr. Martin’s departure. Mr. Anderson, a Howard University graduate, will play a new detective partnered with Jeremy Sisto’s Cyrus Lupo.

Mr. Martin will film one more episode of the Wolf Films/Universal Media Studios series, in which his character, Detective Ed Green, will be written off, sources told the Hollywood Reporter.

The actor had signed on to do the first 13 episodes this season with an option for more.

Mr. Martin is set to portray Marvin Gaye in the biopic “Sexual Healing,” which is expected to begin production in late April or early May.

“Law & Order” continues Mr. Anderson’s streak of dramatic roles that includes FX’s “The Shield,” the Oscar-winning “The Departed” and, most recently, on Fox’s gritty cop drama “K-Ville,” for which he landed an Image Award nomination.

Falco returns

Three-time Emmy winner Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) is jumping premium cable ships, going from HBO to Showtime for a new comedy pilot, Zap2it.com reports.

On Thursday the network announced plans to fast-track a half-hour single-camera comedy about “a strong-willed, iconoclastic New York City nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life.”

Like the Showtime hit “Weeds,” the Falco comedy would be co-produced with Lionsgate TV. Evan Dunsky, Linda Wallem (“The Comeback”) and Liz Brixius wrote the pilot, which will be shot in New York City

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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