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(Cbr) Reeve Carney talks about his experiences as "Penny Dreadful’s" Dorian Gray Just like Dorian Gray himself, playing the ageless hedonist hasn’t gotten old for "Penny Dreadful" actor Reeve Carney. After a three-year stint on Broadway as Marvel’s webbed wonder in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the 31-year-old actor/singer/songwriter segued into the role of the legendary sybarite whose portrait grows old for him from Oscar Wilde’s 1891 novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" in Showtime’s hit Victorian horror mashup series. As part of the ensemble of lurid eccentrics in the John Logan-penned show, Carney’s Gray brushes up against (literally and figuratively) other gaslight luminaries and alters their lives with his avowed self-indulgence but also finds himself questioning his own rules of eternal existence as a result. With the debut season of the series arriving on Blu-Ray earlier this week, Carney spoke exclusively »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
In a time full of excellent Television programming, it would be quite easy to get engulfed in the flames of Hannibal, True Detective and various other top notch shows, and accidentally fail to catch another show completely filled to the brim with excellent writing, acting and some of the most gorgeous set pieces around. Luckily, thanks to technology, DVD and Bluray allows us, the silly souls who missed out on the greatness that was season one of the John Logan/Sam Mendes Showtime show, Penny Dreadful, the chance to rectify that mistake, and hell yes, missing what was in my opinion one of the impressive debut seasons of a new TV shows, was just that: one large mistake.
Right now, the idea of “reinventing” classic, beloved characters is in somewhat of a boom or craze, and for every well written fresh new take on a character we love (i.e-Hannibal »
- Jerry Smith
Penny Dreadful won’t be back on our TV screens until next year, but Showtime has kicked off the promotion by releasing a short first teaser for the second season of the Victorian-era horror series, which we have for you below.
Season 2 will see Helen McCrory’s spiritualist Madame Kali stepping up to a series regular, with Showtime president David Nevins stating that the second season will “get bigger. 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.”
Also returning for the second season of Penny Dreadful are Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett and Simon Russell Beale, while newcomers include Patti LuPone, Sarah Greene, Douglas Hodge and Jonny Beauchamp.
Penny Dreadful season 2 will air some time next year. »
- Gary Collinson
We still don’t have an official debut date nor any concrete plot details, but Penny Dreadful will return to Showtime in 2015 and now it’s got a very brief teaser to prove it. There’s no footage just yet. All it is is a little voiceover from Eva Green and, I believe, Danny Sapani, warning that the past “never leaves us” and “it is who we are.” Season 1 veterans Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale will also return and they’ll be joined by newcomers Patti LuPone, Douglas Hodge, Sarah Green and Jonny Beauchamp. Hit the jump to check out that Penny Dreadful season 2 teaser. Much of the first season did revolve around our main players’ pasts, namely Vanessa’s condition and Sir Malcolm’s relationship with his daughter, Mina (Olivia Llewellyn), but based on the way season 1 wrapped up, »
- Perri Nemiroff
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
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"Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season"
If you're not a fan of this sweetly silly animated series on the Cartoon Network, it's time you got acquainted with Finn and his canine pal Jake and their weird adventures in the Land of Ooo. Seriously, this is one of the coolest cartoons out there! Just ask Princess Bubblegum or adorable Marceline the Vampire Queen.
Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies is not your typical boarding school, but what would you expect from Ryan Murphy et al? Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, and Jamie Brewer play the newest arrivals at the Academy in New Orleans, led by the Academy's meek headmistress Cordelia Foxx. Jessica Lange appears as Fiona Goode, »
- Jenni Miller
"...and iconic figures from the novel 'Dracula' reimagined in a whole new light...
"...have become embroiled in Victorian London..."
According to Showtime president David Nevins, Season 2 of the series will "...get bigger. There’s a great antagonist next year played by Helen McCrory as 'Madame Kali'. Season 1’s antagonist was sort of an inhuman character. It’ll be good to have a more human antagonist."
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- Michael Stevens
Go behind the scenes on Penny Dreadful in a new featurette exclusive to Digital Spy.
A co-production between Us cabler Showtime and UK broadcaster Sky Atlantic, Penny Dreadful follows a band of haunted souls who exist in a world where classic tales of horror - Frankenstein, Dracula and more - are far from fiction.
The series has been renewed for a 10-episode second season, which will air in 2015.
Penny Dreadful Season 1 is released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 13 and is now available to pre-order. »
One of TV’s best surprises this year was Showtime’s deliciously scary, sexy drama Penny Dreadful, a richly imagined series boosted to must-see levels by the go-for-broke performances turned in by star Eva Green week after week. And though we won’t see a second season until next year, Showtime is already giving us more reasons to be excited about Penny Dreadful‘s sophomore run. Today, the network announced that Patti LuPone has joined the show’s cast in a key role.
LuPone, a Broadway-honed actress and veteran of the small screen who recently appeared on American Horror Story: Coven and Girls, is on board as a guest star, playing a mysterious character from Vanessa’s (Green) past. No further details on her character were made available.
- Isaac Feldberg
American Horror Story: Coven fans who enjoyed renowned Broadway actress Patti LuPone’s turn as the murderous mother next door may be drawn to Season 2 of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful series, as LuPone has been announced to play a key guest-starring role connected to Eva Green’s character. Several other guest stars have been revealed and two actors have been bumped up to series regulars.
“Hodge will play an intense Scotland Yard investigator named Bartholomew Rusk who is on the hunt to discover who is responsible for the terrible murders that have been plaguing London. Greene will play Hecate, the powerful daughter of Helen McCrory’s Evelyn Poole, and Beauchamp has the vague and mysterious character description of a “young man with a singular past.”
Showtime has also announced that »
- Derek Anderson
Patti LuPone’s run on American Horror Story: Coven fizzled out courtesy of a rather lackluster climax for her character, but she’ll get another opportunity to go big in the realm of small screen supernatural horror soon enough because Showtime just announced that she’s joining the cast of Penny Dreadful as a guest star. It was also officially announced that season 1 vets Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale are getting bigger roles this time around, joining Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway as series regulars. Hit the jump for more on what’s coming in Penny Dreadful season 2. The press release doesn’t give any specifics on LuPone’s character, but does note that she’s of “great importance” to Vanessa’s past. Hopefully that means we’ll get another Vanessa flashback episode because “Closer Than Sisters »
- Perri Nemiroff
The stage legend will guest star on the second season as a mysterious character of great importance to Eva Green’s bewitched character Vanessa.
She joins fellow new cast members Douglas Hodge, Sarah Greene and Jonny Beauchamp. Hodge will play an intense Scotland Yard investigator named Bartholomew Rusk who is on the hunt to discover who is responsible for the terrible murders that have been plaguing London. Greene will play Hecate, the powerful daughter of Helen McCrory’s Evelyn Poole, and Beauchamp has the vague and mysterious character description of a “young man with a singular past.”
Showtime has also confirmed that McCrory and Simon Russell Beale have been upped to series regulars for the sophomore season.
Production on the upcoming 10 episodes — all »
- Whitney Friedlander
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
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