Penny Dreadful creator John Logan and stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway were on hand at Comic-Con on Thursdayto talk all things demimonde. Unfortunately, stars Eva Green andTimothy Dalton were working on projects and couldn't be present. Moderated by Whose Line Is It Anyway? host Aisha Tyler, a true Dreadful herself who tweets her reactions to the series, the panel delved into the first season's "holy sh--" moments and teased Season 2.
Showtime is sticking with its winning formula.
The premium cable network doesn't have much to complain about with eight of its nine eligible series garnering Emmy nominations. With the return of Homeland the launch of The Affair in October, and three more pilots in the works, Showtime president David Nevins is psyched about its latest hit, horror drama Penny Dreadful, which became the network's most-watched new show On Demand and on ShowtimeAnytime.
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Showtime has ordered a second season of Penny Dreadful, the network announced Wednesday. The drama will return with ten episodes in 2015.
Penny Dreadful's first season, which is the most-watched series on Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime, according to the network, stars Josh Hartnett,Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Billie Piper an features unique interpretations of famous literary characters from the horror genre.
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The heart breaks while tempers violently flare in HBO's The Normal Heart (Sunday, 9/8c), Ryan Murphy's emotionally and politically explosive film version of Larry Kramer's provocative stage drama about the early response, within and outside the gay community, to the '80s AIDS crisis.
Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism. "We're not yelling loud enough!" bellows Ned Weeks (an engagingly abrasive Mark Ruffalo), the story's pushy moral conscience, a belligerent scold who refuses to play nice when so many lives are at stake.
Is he back? The creepy new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, set in 1891 London, opens with the unbelievably messy dismemberment of a little girl and her pregnant mother. The crime has the Victorians in a panic as they wonder if Jack the Ripper — not heard from in three years — has returned for yet another murder spree. Little do they know, they have so much more to worry about. Such as devils and ghosts and vampires. And ancient Egyptian curses. Oh, and scientifically resurrected dead people, courtesy of one Victor Frankenstein.
The devil made them remake it. What other excuse can there be for NBC's glossy but laborious two-part revisiting of the Ira Levin supernatural classic Rosemary's Baby (Sunday, 9/8c, concludes next Thursday)? Perversely scheduled to begin on the evening of Mother's Day, this unnecessarily expanded miniseries version owes a huge debt to The Omen for many of its telegraphed shocks.
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.