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'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

After "Dexter," Jennifer Carpenter is ready to produce her own show about death. / Credit: Charles Eshelman/WireImage After "Dexter," Jennifer Carpenter is ready to produce her own show about death. / Credit: Charles Eshelman/WireImage

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class: A True Story About Life."

Variety reports that Jennifer Carpenter and George Stelzner have optioned the non-fiction book, which was published in January. The two producers are reportedly seeking a screenwriter to adapt the work into a drama series.

"The Death Class: A True Story About Life" follows Norma Bowe, a registered nurse and PhD who teaches a class on death and dying at Kean University in New Jersey.

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The lectures eventually garnered attention at the national level, as Bowe's approach to the end of life resonated with her students and the wider community. The book explores the ways in which the course allowed the nurse and professor to help some of her students face their personal and family problems.

Carpenter describes Bowe as "a dynamic force" whose "world is rich and textured," suggesting that "The Death Class" has all the makings of a compelling drama series.

Following the end of "Dexter" last year, Carpenter plans to maintain a presence on the small screen as an actress as well as pursuing a producing career. She plays FBI agent Leah Pierce in "Sea of Fire," a pilot filmed for ABC.

 
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