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Penny Dreadful renewed for second season

Penny Dreadful

Story by Jack Foley

GOTHIC horror series Penny Dreadful has been renewed for a second season.

The Josh Hartnett ensemble drama will comprise 10 episodes in its sophomore run, up two from its freshman series, and will return in 2015.

The series, which also stars Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, features a roster of classic monsters, including Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Dracula, and mixes classic origin stories with tones that the world is grappling with.

In a statement announcing the renewal, Showtime president David Nevins said: “The show has been an interesting combination of genre credibility — it is simultaneously a gorgeous historical costume drama and a really scary, twisted horror show.

“The question was, could we do a genre show that made sense on Showtime that had adult appeal and the psychological sophistication you expect from one of our premium dramas, but still satisfies drama audiences. John Logan has delivered on both.”

Following its successful launch in the US on Showtime, and in the UK on Sky, the series is currently drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across multiple platforms in the US.

Penny Dreadful hails from three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Skyfall, Gladiator), who wrote all eight episodes, and is executive produced by Logan along with Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road).

Such is the breakout success of the series in its first season, Nevins has also confirmed that Penny Dreadful will have a big presence at Comic-Con in San Diego in July.

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