Showtime‘s wonderfully macabre Penny Dreadful is returning to TV screens everywhere in April. The show made Nerd Bastards’ list of the Top 10 Nerdy shows of 2014, and if you haven’t seen it, it is well worth catching up on before the second season premiere. Led by Timothy Dalton as adventurer Sir Malcolm Murray and the demon possessed Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green, the first season followed Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), his creature Caliban (Rory Kinnear), the depraved Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and American gun hand Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) as they faced evil supernatural forces in Victorian England. But what evil awaits them now in season two? Showtime has now given us a trailer. (more…)
Showtime is following the recent Hollywood television trend by posting the entire first episode of John Logan’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful on a number of different digital platforms a full two weeks before the show’s official premiere date. Why would Showtime do that? (more…)
Does anybody remember The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? The movie, not the comic book? With all the weird literary figures teaming up to fight…something? My mind’s kind of hazy but I think it ended Stephen Norrington’s directorial career. If we’re lucky, maybe this new Showtime horror series will put Josh Hartnett down for good.
I kid Hartnett, as anybody who’s ever worked with Brian De Palma is cool by me, but Penny Dreadful definitely gives off an LXE vibe, what with its teaming of Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a Victorian England setting. I might be cynical, but it also doesn’t help that Showtime is responsible for perhaps the most heartbreaking attempt at a horror series in the history of cable (the failed Masters of Horror experiment). Maybe I’ll give this one a try if Stephen King calls me up and says “hey…it’s aight by me”. I don’t see that happening, though and today’s new trailer does nothing to convince me otherwise.