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Showtime Hires The Exterminators

If you tell me to watch a TV show about people who kill bugs for a living, and I'll run the other direction. But if you tell me that show is "the Six Feet Under of pest control," well, then we're talking.

Showtime is going for the latter by developing a TV series called The Exterminators, based on a comic book series of the same name. One of the executive producers of Dexter is behind the show.

The comic, according to the Hollywood Reporter,

centers on an ex-con who joins an exterminator company, working with a freakish supporting cast of characters. A mystery surrounding his girlfriend and the manufacturer of an insect poison percolates on the periphery, and the insects are much more dangerous than they seem.

The TV version will focus on the Bug-Be-Gone staffers "whose greatest enemies aren't the insects and rodents they meet and kill on a daily basis but rather their own self doubts, vices and inner demons."

A comics-loving friend chimed in his agreement for the "Six Feet Under of exterminators" label — though he said that was sometimes more of a fault than a benefit in the series. But he seemed hopeful that a series based on the best parts of the comic could be a success — and, frankly, I'd be curious to check it out even if bugs do kind of give me the willies. Have any of you read this comic, and could you see it translating to TV?


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