Penny Dreadful final season

Fans of Penny Dreadful were surprised that the show’s third season became its last. During their executive session with the Television Critics Association, Showtime Networks, Inc. President and CEO David Nevins and President of Programming Gary Levine discussed their conversations with Penny Dreadful creator John Logan about potentially continuing the series, and why they did not succeed. Spoilers for the third season follow.  Read More »

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Showtime‘s Penny Dreadful has been sitting at the top of my “Man, I really should get around to catching up on that soon” list for longer than I’d like to admit. I watched the first season and found it to be a dark and delightful riff on classic horror icons, a gothic but humane reinterpretation of the Universal monster formula that had no right to work as well as it did. And now, I know exactly how many episodes I have left in the queue, as the series’ third season finale was also a surprise series finale. Apparently, the words “The End” flashed across the screen and everything, making it all very definitive.

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Penny Dreadful Season 3 trailer

If still haven’t watched Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, then luckily for you, there’s still time to catch up before John Logan‘s gorgeous show returns this summer. Season two took the show to another level, completely managing to raise the stakes following season one. In the upcoming season, Logan may have found an even greater threat for Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and the gang.

Below, watch the Penny Dreadful season three trailer (spoilers for season one and two follow).

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“Embrace your dark side,” the Penny Dreadful season three trailer exclaims. Not a bad tagline for a show about battling internal and external evil forces. The ways in which the characters confront or accept their dark sides has always been one of the main draws of the Showtime series. Showrunner John Logan and everyone involved have got the monsters and set pieces down by now, but it’s the characters that keep me hooked.

Penny Dreadful returns this summer, and you can watch the Penny Dreadful season 3 trailer below.

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Because I don’t really follow the Golden Globes or other awards coverage that much, I didn’t know Eva Green was nominated for best actress in a TV series for Penny Dreadful. It was delightful to learn she was, though, because Green is terrific in the Showtime drama. The show didn’t score any other nominations, but at least the actress’ ferocious and heartbreaking performance was recognized for the excellent second season.

Penny Dreadful returns this summer, and you can watch the Penny Dreadful season 3 trailer after the jump.

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Penny Dreadful is the new show from Showtime and Sam Mendes, a Victorian-age horror tale that is a bit like an alternate League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, basically a collection of several famous pulp characters that lie in the public domain. It features Dorian Gray, Frankenstein’s monster, players from Dracula, and Eva Green. (The actress is not in the public domain, to be clear.)

The first teaser was brief, but this full trailer has a lot more of Green, plus blood, bodies tangled, twisted and mangled, insects and spiders, and all manner of creepy weirdo images. There’s a lot to take in, and it should be safe for work, though perhaps not for those in particularly sensitive jobs. Read More »

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Sundance is nearly over, so the year’s first big volley of new movies has largely been revealed. But there’s a lot more stuff to come, both in theaters and on TV. Here are three new TV trailers to whet your appetite for the next few months. There’s the first full trailer for the second season of Hannibal, and a new teaser for The Strain, based on stories from Guillermo del Toro, who directed the pilot. Then there’s the first trailer for Penny Dreadful, from the Skyfall team of Sam Mendes and John Logan. Read More »

Penny Dreadful

Sam Mendes and John Logan worked together to bring us Skyfall in 2012, and they’re teaming for the next Bond movie as well. But before that gets going, they’re reuniting for a very different kind of project.

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is a sort of horror mash-up, weaving famed monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dorian Gray together into one spooky Victorian-era yarn. Josh Hartett plays the dashing but complicated hero, and Eva Green (another Bond alum, come to think of it) is the mysterious heroine. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) directed the first two episodes. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

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Girl Meets World (1)

I suppose 32-year-old Ben Savage is technically old enough to have a 13-year-old daughter, but it still feels weird to see him playing the proud dad instead of the confused kid on Girl Meets World, doesn’t it? Also after the jump:

  • Darren Aronofsky and HBO ditch Michael Chabon‘s Hobgoblin
  • FX’s The Strain adds John Hurt; Liv Tyler is one of HBO’s Leftovers
  • Guillermo del Toro has guest directed something on The Simpsons
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  • Channing Tatum will produce a show by Pete from Happy Endings
  • Almost all of CBS‘s shows will premiere the week of September 22
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