Showtime Renews its Erotic Horror Drama Penny Dreadful for Second Season

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Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Eva Green and Harry Treadaway in Penny Dreadful (2014)

There’s a very good chance that the only reason I’m totally digging Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” is because Eva Green is in it. I mean, it’s entirely possible, but I like to think it’s also because of the show’s crazy takes on familiar literary monsters like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and all that good stuff.

It’s sort of like Alan Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” but sexier. And with Eva Green.

Thankfully Showtime shares my enjoyment of the show, because only 4 episodes into the show’s freshman run, the paid cable network’s renewed the John Logan-penned/produced horror series for a second season.

It’s also no surprise to me that the show is enjoying a big audience on the network’s Showtime on Demand, since that’s where I end up watching most of it, too. Hell, it’s becoming my favorite show on Sunday nights, especially since HBO’s “Game of Thrones” just seems to be treading water these days.

For those who haven’t been watching, the show stars Josh Harnett as an American gunfighter who ends up in Victorian era England, where he finds himself entangled with Eva Green’s psychic, Timothy Dalton’s famed explorer, and a host of other freaky freaks as they attempt to hunt down Dalton’s missing daughter. The daughter’s name happens to be Mina, and she happens to be married to some lawyer name Harker. See where I’m going with this?

Anyways. A guaranteed year 2 of “Penny Dreadful,” kids.

Author: Nix

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    GREAT SHOW!!! Definitely closer in tone to the ALan Moore League of Extraordinary Gentleman comic. You know what’s a true testament to Eva Green. She’s awesome in the show and hasn’t even gotten naked!! I mean I think she’s a great actress, truly, but I’m actually surprised she’s stayed clothed whole time, well so far at least.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      There was that bit in the alley where she somehow managed to stay clothed. Dang.

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      Actually I was surprised by how good the acting has been on the show. Doctor Frankenstein and Proteus, man the two actors shared some powerful scenes. And the guy who plays Frankenstein’s Monster even managed to make me feel sorry for him. Awesome show!

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Game of THrones is treading water? WTF is this!? You surely cannot be serious!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      LOL!! Yeah definitely been a good season. Nothing major action wise but still some great storytelling. Oberyn and Tyrion alone have really gotten my attention, though Tyrion already had it.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        This season has been borderline terrible, except for the brief bit with the walkers in the beginning … then never to be seen again. The only redeeming moments are when Peter Dinklage is allowed to talk. The rest has been a snoozefest, little more than filler episodes. But I don’t blame the writers too much for this. Martin’s last two books were nothing but filler. The best parts of the season so far have all involved the writers writing original material.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Tyrion is by far my favorite character. But If the books are boring then it’s definitely no fault of the writers. Was the 3rd book so boring? I’ve noticed that the show is very dramatically and plitcally based and that’s fine by me. I guess it’s cause you already know what’s coming and know there isn’t much event wise coming. I dunno, I haven’t been truly disappointed yet. Maybe it’s just story building until the next event.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Actually a storm of swords was considered to be the best of all five. And with the exception of one or two minor story lines the show is still very much in ASOS.

            I dunno Nix as someone whose read and scrutinised the books and has been watching the show from day one I dunno what to tell you. In my opinion this has been the best season so far. It def lived up to the second half of ASOS. And it’s not even done yet, we still have the battle in the snow to look forward to.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            They’re draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaging out the second half of ASOS because it’s friggin’ awesome, and they know damn well the battle for the Wall is going to make a killer season finale episode. They’re shoving in chunks of the Godawful A Feast for Crows in there, along with A Dance with Dragons cause, I guess, the storylines run parallel. But anyone who has tried to survive AFFC will tell you, that abomination needs to be burned and never spoke of again. Just wait until they get to the Doran sections. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            LMAO!! But yeah they do run parallel. My friend is reading the books, and some of them have disclaimers in the beginning. The show pretty much allows you to see whats going on at the same time. Like The shift of the shelob part of LOTR being in Return of the King because it happened at the same time the battle of Pelenor fields was happening. So were’ getting stuff from Book 4 because it was actually taking place then. I can’t wait for the battle for the wall though.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Nix try this, follow the guide and read Feast and Dance at the same time. I didn’t like either of the books on their own. However third time I read the series I tried it and I kid you fucking not it was the most enjoyable of part of the reread.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            LOL. Maybe if i have some time. That’s what, 2000 pages total? I still get phantom cramps thinking about dragging those two hardcovers around. (Yes, I used to only read on hardcovers. Didn’t own a Kindle until last year.)

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Speaking to a fellow hardcover lover. Well if you are as smart as I thin you are you’ll find a way to put to combine the two, put it on your cellphone and read it while having to wait in the annoying little lines of life. I always have a book ready on my cellphone.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Also because you know what’s coming you’re anticipating or dreading stuff. So that’s going to color the way you see things.