Showtime Renews ‘Penny Dreadful’ for Expanded Second Season


Showtime Renews ‘Penny Dreadful’ for Expanded Second Season


Who’s ready for more dread in their lives?

Showtime’s successful series, ‘Penny Dreadful,’ starring Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, has just been granted a second season renewal. That’s not the only good news, as Season 2 will be 10 episodes -- two more than the show’s freshman season.

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“Picking up ‘Penny Dreadful’ was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” Showtime president David Nevins said in a statement. “[Series creator] John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans.”

‘Penny Dreadful’ airs its fifth episode this Sunday at 10/9c on Showtime.

- Penny Dreadful

Written by: akoerner
Jun 4th, 2014, 5:28 pm

Images courtesy of SHOWTIME


Message Posted On Jun 10th, 2014, 3:47 am
My god, can this show move any slower. Just when you think it get's interesting it just goes back to boring exploring of the characters. I tried, but this should've been cancelled instead of so many other good shows

Message Posted On Jun 8th, 2014, 1:03 am
saintbernard your an ass

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Message Posted On Jun 6th, 2014, 9:22 am

"i.e. when Frankenstein's original creation showed up.... I did not see that coming"

How could you NOT see that coming?  One of my big problems with this show is that I find it painfully predictable.  I honestly can't think of anything that has come as a real surprise; nothing that I couldn't see coming.


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Message Posted On Jun 5th, 2014, 9:39 pm

Have to agree with Sfver. Of course the genre has been done to death but what genre hasn't? What makes this show interesting is that so far it follows the mythos just close enough to be recognizeable but not enough to make it a clone. In the same vein as Once Upon A Time, the characters are recognizeable but doing things that are unexpected and ShowTime has few constraints on what they can or cannot include in the storyline that can move the story forward without tampering too much with the characters. They could throw in Sherlock Holmes, a few Jules Verne characters, the Invisible man, the Wolfman, etc. and they would not be out of place for that time. 

While there have been parts of some episodes that felt kind of slow there have also been some pretty substantial sections that punched things back up again (i.e. when Frankenstein's original creation showed up.... I did not see that coming). This genre may not be to everyone's taste but that does not make this show a dud. There were predictions that One Upon A Time was doomed, boring, slow, unrealistic (imagine a fantasy that's not realistic... what were they thinking?), but with the whole universe open to the writers to play with this show, like OUAT, could have a decent run as long as it doesn't get too mired down trying to simply throw in unnecessary plot twists in an effort to shock the viewers.


Message Posted On Jun 5th, 2014, 7:16 pm
I disagree. (to Saintbernard). I'm not particularly a fan of Victorian period drama's, nor of the 'classic' myth-monsters, as they've been done to death. But the first episode drew me in, and by the second episode I was seriously wondering where the show was headed. Basically John Logan isn't following the standard writing formulas when it comes to the show, so it will make for quite an interesting take on what you thought you already knew. (Although that said, the third episode's character exposition left me cold). Eva Green is extremely compelling here, and one isn't spoon fed as to what all the character intricacies are. So it is well worth watching.

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Message Posted On Jun 5th, 2014, 4:56 pm

I, personally, find this show incredibly underwhelming.  It's more of a comedy than horror drama to me as everything is so silly I can't take the show seriously (as seriously as you can take a show of this nature, anyway).  I'm not even sure I will be watching the remainder of this season but I can guarantee I will not be watching any of the second season at all.  For me, there are way better things to watch on television than this.  Better shows than this got the ax this season, unfortunately.

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