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In a season full of exorcisms, werewolves and more freaky literary figures crossing paths than the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," one of the most-talked about moments from Season One of "Penny Dreadful" wasn't supernatural at all.Instead, it was same-sex kiss between Josh Hartnett's Ethan Chandler and Reeve Carney's incredibly alluring Dorian Gray that had the Internet talking the morning after the Showtime series' fourth episode aired back in June."I knew that something like that would likely happen at some point and I figure, you know, you could certainly do a lot worse than Josh Harnett," Carney told toofab's Brian Particelli at a Comic-Con party for the show. "It's probably all downhill for me in terms of any man-on-man action I might have on the show. They'll have to keep their game high!"So ... can we expect more between the two in Season Two? Check out the »
- tooFab Staff
San Diego - When we last left "Penny Dreadful's" most eligible bachelors things weren't necessarily coming up roses. Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) had transformed into a werewolf type creature (although it turns out he isn't aware of what happens to him when he "blacks out" and goes wild) and suffered through the death of his lover, Brona Croft (Billie Piper). Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) had his heart unceremoniously broken by Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and found himself once more immortal and alone. Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) couldn't kill the Creature (Rory Kinnear) he created that was threatening to destroy everyone around him. Instead, he took Ms. Croft's life earlier than her terminal sickness would have allowed so that he could properly transform her into a "bride" for his monstrous creation. These gentlemen of questionable morals and virtues are three reasons why John Logan's Showtime series is so fascinating. »
- Gregory Ellwood
One bit of news from Sdcc that almost slipped under our radar is that Showtime original series Penny Dreadful: Season One will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on October 7th. It you're looking to add a bit of Victorian intrigue to your Halloween season, read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
The Blu-ray collection also boasts extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.
From three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series that is "moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Penny Dreadful, starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton »
- Debi Moore
This is the first year Penny Dreadful descended on the San Diego event and at the panel, showrunner John Logan dropped some season 2 news. He told fans that Helen McCrory's Madame Kali will serve as a new antagonist, which is rather exciting. In an effort to gather some more information about what's to come, we caught up to Harry Treadaway and Reeve Carney from Penny Dreadful at Showtime's Comic-Con party. As fans know, they play Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, respectively.
- Ryan Turek
Following the Penny Dreadful panel at Comic-Con where John Logan and the cast answered questions on the making of Season 1 and teased what’s ahead, Showtime announced that the first season will be making its way to Blu-ray and DVD in October:
“San Diego, Calif. (July 24, 2014) – The acclaimed Showtime® original series Penny Dreadful – Season One will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD October 7, it was announced today during the Penny Dreadful panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014.
From Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, the Blu-ray and DVD collections will include every episode of the series’ first season, celebrated by critics as “scary, seductive, surprising, and smart” (NPR) and “solidly entertaining, well cast and oozing with atmosphere” (Variety). Both Blu-ray and DVD collections also boast extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.
- Jonathan James
Moderated enthusiastically by self-proclaimed “dreadful” and evidently devoted fan Aisha Tyler, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful closed out the festivities in Ballroom 20 on Thursday. Though some of the actors were absent, most notably Eva Green, showrunner John Logan and stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway all spoke enthusiastically about the first season of the surprise hit show and gave hints about what will be coming in the next season. Hit the jump for more on our Penny Dreadful Comic-Con panel recap. This is clearly a passion project for Logan, who has spent ten years of his life thinking about the show, and he opened the panel by saying how emotional it was to finally be on this side of a Comic-Con stage. He came up with the idea for the show while reading Wordsworth and a lot of other Romantic poets during a period of deep depression, and finally Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, »
- Morgan Leigh Davies
The San Diego Comic-Con International is in full swing, and we’ve got a few of yesterday’s big panels for you to watch right here, starting with Benedict Cumberbatch talking about his upcoming role in Penguins of Madagascar (and Sherlock, of course):
Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.
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- Gary Collinson
Showrunner John Logan and three of the hunky male cast from Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" all turned up for a panel yesterday at this year's San Diego Comic Con. The hot topic of discussion was the soon to head into production second season of the supernatural series.
Logan confirms that after the shadowy vampire villain of the first season, this year the drama will be dealing with a human antagonist in the form of Helen McCrory's Madame Kali who made brief appearances two episodes of the first season. Logan says "Her supernatural world becomes the threat to all the gentlemen sitting on the stage with me" referring to Reeve Carney's Dorian Gray, Harry Treadaway's Dr. Frankenstein and Josh Hartnett's Ethan Chandler.
Logan says the first season was about building the show's central family of characters, whereas next season is very different: "Having spent ten years building this world in my mind, »
- Garth Franklin
Showtime’s deliciously creepy freshman series Penny Dreadful made its Comic-Con debut yesterday with a Q&A session including showrunner John Logan and cast members Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway. At the well-attended panel in Ballroom 20, Logan teased the second season of the show, noting that he plans to bring his main characters up against a more tangible human protagonist this time around – and it’s someone viewers have already met.
Logan revealed that Helen McCrory’s Madame Kali, who appeared in two installments of Penny Dreadful‘s eight-episode first season, will be taking on a more central role in the show’s sophomore run. “Her supernatural world becomes the threat to all the gentlemen sitting on the stage with me,” he said, gesturing to Hartnett, Carney and Treadaway. Unused footage from the season one finale “Grand Guignol” was then aired at the panel, shedding more light on Kali’s villainous motivations. »
- Isaac Feldberg
“The cosmology, the theology of the show gets much larger [in season two] — they’re thrown into a much more threatening supernatural world,” Logan teased, admitting that the focus of season one was to “build a family and bring them together — the joy of writing the second season is building on those relationships in different patterns.”
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To counterbalance season one’s vampiric villain, who couldn’t deliver long, verbose monologues, Logan revealed that season two’s antagonist will be a familiar face — Helen McCrory’s spiritualist, Madame Kali. The panel then ran a scene that was cut from the season one finale, which explained Kali’s motivations and “the challenge she was going to pose to our family. »
- Laura Prudom
The acclaimed Showtime original series Penny Dreadful season one will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD October 7th, it was announced today during the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul - even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.The series also stars Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway. A co-production of Sky Atlantic, Penny Dreadful was created, written and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street.
The post Penny Dreadful Dated for Blu-ray and DVD appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Penny Dreadful creator John Logan and stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway were on hand at Comic-Con on Thursdayto talk all things demimonde. Unfortunately, stars Eva Green andTimothy Dalton were working on projects and couldn't be present. Moderated by Whose Line Is It Anyway? host Aisha Tyler, a true Dreadful herself who tweets her reactions to the series, the panel delved into the first season's "holy sh--" moments and teased Season 2.
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- Hanh Nguyen
Related Penny Dreadful Season 1 Finale Recap: Fangs for the Memories
With the Season 1 finale barely a month old, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello invited the fellas to tackle a flurry of pressing topics, including the ramifications of Ethan’s true identity (Is he also harboring another dark secret?), whether the good doctor Frankenstein is indeed a virgin (and if his third creature might be “the charm »
It's been a long day in Ballroom 20. I live-blogged "24." I live-blogged "Under the Dome" by accident. I live-blogged "Community." And I watched thousands of young women squeal over Dylan O'Brien. Now it's time to cap off Comic-Con Thursday with Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." While Eva Green is absent -- Too busy to kick off her 2015 Emmy campaign here? -- we have many of the "Penny Dreadful" men, including creator John Logan, Reeve "Dorian Gray" Carney, Harry "Frankenstein" Treadaway and Josh "Werewolf Guy" Harnett. Aisha Tyler is moderating. Click through and follow along... 5:58 p.m. "Penny Dreadful" has to follow after the terrific "Hannibal" panel, which was also missing a number of featured stars... Sepinwall live-blogged that one. Oh and we don't really have the "Penny Dreadful" men, because Timothy Dalton isn't here. 6:04 p.m. Great Season 1 sizzle reel. Few people on TV can equal Eva Green when it comes »
- Daniel Fienberg
Comic-Con 2014 is officially in full swing, and below you'll find the first of Digital Spy's daily schedules, giving you the low-down on exactly what's happening where and when in San Diego today.
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, July 24
24 (10am, Ballroom 20)
Hasbro: Transformers (11am, Room 25Abc)
Under the Dome (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
Comic-Con 2014 will open Wednesday, July 23, and this year Ballroom 20 has been designated the place to be for all your TV needs.
Ballroom 20 will host a slew of TV panels Thursday through Saturday, beginning with a special pilot screening for highly anticipated, new comic-genre shows The Flash (The CW), Constantine (NBC) and iZombie (The CW).
From Thursday through Saturday, every morning starting at 10:00 a.m., Ballroom 20 will be all TV, all the time. Stars from TV shows ranging from Teen Wolf to The Simpsons will also be making appearances in Ballroom 20, making it the perfect place for a TV addict to camp out.
Thursday Schedule At Ballroom 20
Panels kick off Thursday at 10 a.m. with a special celebration of 24. Attendees will get a sneak peek at the DVD behind-the-scenes feature Worlds Collide and Jack Bauer himself, Keither Sutherland will be there to discuss the show and its recent revival 24: »
We're nearing the end of The Hobbit trilogy as The Battle of the Five Armies is slated to arrive in December 2014. The film will culminate director Peter Jackson's 13-year-long, six-film voyage into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, and judging by the billions of dollars both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generated worldwide at the box office, there is no end to the thirst among moviegoers for all things Tolkien. With that in mind, to help fill that Gollum void, two different movie studios are planning competing J.R.R. Tolkien biopics. »
As Comic-Con ramps up, the Television Critics Association's summer 2014 press tour is winding down, and a tidbit of news has come out about "Penny Dreadful" Season 2's big bad along with full details on the show's Sdcc signings and contest to attend the post-panel party.
If you're caught up and ready to hear more about Season 2, Showtime president David Nevins said during the network's TCA presentation for hit horror drama "Penny Dreadful," "It's a really big cosmology, and it's gonna get bigger next year."
What type of villain can fans expect next? Nevins continued, "There's a great antagonist next year played by Helen McCrory... Season 1's antagonist was sort of an inhuman character. It'll be good to have a more human antagonist." McCrory (pictured above right) plays Madame Kali, the renowned spiritualist and medium who hosted the memorable titular "Seance" in Episode 1.02.
"Penny Dreadful," the network's most watched new show On Demand and on ShowtimeAnytime, »
- Debi Moore
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
It has begun. Comic-Con International has started to release the daily schedules for Comic-Con 2014! We have Preview Night and Thursday schedules available. It's time to start planning out your epic geek adventure! The GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as much awesomeness from the convention as we possibly can!
I will post a few of the notable panels that will be taking place, but to see the full event schedule click here.
Wednesday - July 23Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season -- The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie -- as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Joey Paur
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