‘Penny Dreadful’ Lives On: Showtime Revives the Critically Acclaimed Series

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Poster

Showtime is, wisely, dipping back into the world of Penny Dreadful. The network just announced a new chapter in the Penny Dreadful saga, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, will go into production in 2019. Showtime’s official announcement did not include any casting details or a targeted premiere date.

Original series creator John Logan returns to guide this new installment. Logan will write and executive produce City of Angels. Michael Aguilar (Kidding), Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road) are also on board to executive produce.

“We were so thrilled when John Logan came to us with this wildly original take on the Penny Dreadful mythology that explores both the human spirit and the spirit world here in California,” stated Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels promises to be an extraordinary saga of familial love set against the terrifying monsters that are around us and within us.”

Creator John Logan said, “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines. We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”

Showtime debuted Penny Dreadful in 2014. The series ran for three seasons and earned 13 Primetime Emmy nominations.

The Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Plot:

“A spiritual descendant of the Penny Dreadful story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop. This chapter is a bold new vision that will employ all new characters and storylines.”