The Pittsburgh chapter of the Parents’ Television Council is demanding that KDKA-TV (2) not air reruns of the Showtime drama “Dexter,” reports Scott Tady of the Beaver County Times.

The critically acclaimed but gory cable series follows a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police department as he stalks and murders suspected criminals who have escaped justice.

A heavily bowlderized version begins airing on CBS nationwide Feb. 17. Showtime is owned by CBS’ parent company, and the “Dexter” reruns will give the broadcast network some new content to air while the writers’ strike continues.

“A show on broadcast television that asks viewers to empathize with a serial killer is not appropriate for air in our community,” PTC chapter director Deborah Dell, mother of two from Bethel Park, tells Tady. “No amount of editing can wipe out the disturbing content found on this show.”

Tady says KDKA has not responded to his requests for comment. Launched in July 2007, the Pittsburgh chapter of PTC is one of the newest in the nationwide organization.