We can thank the Victorian era for some of literature's most disturbing characters, and now Showtime has gathered them in one place. The network's gothic horror drama Penny Dreadful features the likes of Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and even characters from Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula.
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Showtime President David Nevins didn't waste any time addressing the elephant in the room — aka awards darling Homeland's uneven third season — during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday.
"From what I've read on Twitter, there were a lot of different opinions about the show this year," Nevins told reporters. "All I can say is thank you for being so invested."
When asked more directly about the critical reaction, Nevins praised the season, but...
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Not ready to say goodbye to Dexter? Then get ready to overreact to this news.
After revealing that Showtime had signed a "rare" two-year overall deal with Dexter showrunner Scott Buck, network president David Nevins was asked whether a spin-off series was still being considered.
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"Of course," Nevins told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Tuesday. "We announced a deal with Scott Buck today. Draw your own conclusions."
Pressed for details after the panel, Nevins clarified that nothing is actively in the works and that no deals with cast members have been extended. (The Hollywood Reporter previously reported rumblings of a spin-off centered on Jennifer Carpenter's Debra.) "We have a deal with Scott and we're going to develop a bunch of different things with him," he said. "All options will be explored. We're really not dealing with it at all until we're through this season and maybe for a while thereafter. It's all about the satisfying ending to the show."
To that end...
More than 40 years before True Blood and Twilight made angst-ridden vampires the hot new thing, there was a wicked little afternoon soap called Dark Shadows. At its center was Barnabas Collins, a brooding bloodsucker played with equal parts torment and relish by Jonathan Frid, and if you were an offbeat kid in the late 1960s there's a good chance you raced home from school to watch it. Tim Burton, the acclaimed director, was one of those eager young fans. And now he's put his own spin on things. His movie version of Dark Shadows opens May 11 with a starry cast headed by Johnny Depp — yet another boyhood buff of the soap — as the reluctant, guilt-ridden and immortally sexy Barnabas.
Jamie Campbell Bower and Bonnie Wright
Harry Potter power couple Jamie Campbell Bower and Bonnie Wright are getting married.
"I am engaged. I'm very happy," Bower told The Daily. "It's a wonderful, wonderful time."
Bower, 22, and Wright, 20, remain coy about their upcoming plans.
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Why does Camelot star Jamie Campbell Bower think viewers should tune into the new Starz series?
"You'll see not only my bum, but you'll see Eva Green's bum," he told TVGuide.com.
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They brought us the wildly carnal and grotesque Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Now the folks at Starz are having a go at King Arthur. Their sprawling new series Camelot — shot in Ireland — is a risqué, politically feverish reboot of Arthurian lore that twists and turns the ...
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Not since the fall TV onslaught has there been a weekend this cluttered with high-profile new premieres, including network and cable (though mostly cable), running the gamut from lavish costume drama to spy spoof to haunting mystery. And there's a really lousy, old-school Kennedy miniseries in the mix you might have heard about. Something for everyone, you might say...
Camelot star Joseph Fiennes says there's one reason people should watch the epic new Starz drama, debuting Friday, April 1 (10/9c): "It's not a musical."
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Camelot, which will occupy Spartacus' former timeslot, follows a young Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) being groomed to be a king by Merlin (Fiennes) as Arthur's half-sister Morgan (Eva Green) tries to claim the crown for herself. Tamsin Egerton, Claire Forlani and Peter Mooney co-star.
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Starz's upcoming original series, Camelot, will premiere Friday, April 1 (10/9c), the network announced Monday.
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Camelot, which will fill Spartacus' former timeslot, follows the story of...