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Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 9, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”
Written by John Logan
Directed by Brian Kirk
Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime
An overarching theme of Penny Dreadful’s second season has involved its monstrous characters trying to find their place in the world. On their own, they are fearsome, damned things, but together they form an almost familial unit. The struggle of the characters coming to terms with their roles in the grand scheme of things can be seen as a mirror for creator and showrunner John Logan trying to make his rogues gallery fit together.
In season two’s penultimate episode, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”, Logan has his players embark on paths that may very well lead to their demise. With Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) still captive in the castle of witch Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), the Penny Dreadful gang rallies for rescue. »
- Chris Evangelista
While there are a number of excellent television episodes that aired during the first half of the year, not all of them made our list, due to a number of reasons, chief among them the simple fact that there are too many episodes potentially worthy of inclusion for the entire panel to watch them all. This is where our individual picks come in. Each panelist was given one slot to fill with any episode that hadn’t made the list, but which they felt belonged there. Here are our individual picks, to complement our list of the Best Episodes of 2015 (so far):
Whitney’s pick: The Comeback, “Valerie Finally Gets What She Really Wants”
Directed by Michael Patrick King
Aired December 28th, 2014 on HBO
Note: While this episode aired in 2014, it aired after the publication of Sound on Sight’s Best of 2014 list, »
- Kate Kulzick
The Performer | Billie Piper
The Episode | “Memento Mori” (June 21)
The Performance | Seething with jealousy after spying his betrothed out painting the town with pretty boy Dorian, the Creature intended to demand that his fiancée behave like his fiancée. But when push came to shove, it wasn’t the green-eyed monster who did the shoving but Lily. Careening from fluttery fear to blistering cruelty to righteous outrage, the erstwhile Brona at last exposed her true nature — and her awareness of it — to “Mr. Clare.” And her portrayer? Lord almighty, Piper spat out series creator John Logan’s brutal monologue with such power, »
By the time Comic-Con begins early next month, the second season of Penny Dreadful will be over, but the celebration of Showtime's supernatural series will just be getting started in San Diego, complete with exclusive figures, character-based makeovers, a Penny Dreadful Clue game, and an autograph appearance by Reeve Carney.
Featuring the werewolf version of Ethan Chandler, the long-living Dorian Gray, the inventive Victor Frankenstein and many more, the new line of Penny Dreadful figures will be available at Entertainment Earth Booth #2343, with Dorian Gray portrayer Reeve Carney stopping by to sign autographs at Entertainment Earth's booth from 3:00pm - 4:00pm on Saturday, July 11th. Also available at Comic-Con will be Penny Dreadful playing cards, tarot cards, and magnets.
Images via Entertainment Earth:
- Derek Anderson
Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 8, “Memento Mori”
Written by John Logan
Directed by Kari Skogland
Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime
As Penny Dreadful nears the end of its second season, it decides to acknowledge that it has characters beyond Vanessa and Ethan. The pair don’t even appear in this week’s episode, “Memento Mori,” but there’s enough going on to fill up the void.
Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) has become aware of his enchantment by Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), and he doesn’t just mean in the romantic sense — he recalls how on the day of his wife’s funeral, he was at a ball waltzing. That’s simply not the kind of man he knows he is. Evelyn confirms his suspicions by possessing him and causing him to throw a tantrum, but Sir Malcolm is able to break the enchantment, and then unwisely goes off to »
- Chris Evangelista
June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is just days away. And that’s a source of both great anticipation and nameless dread for those of us obsessed with quality television.
RelatedTVLine’s Full Lineup of 2015 Dream Emmy Nominees
Team TVLine has already brought you our Dream Emmy Ballots in 10 key Emmy races — click here to see our picks! — but we wanted to make one last push on behalf of a few favorites whose work was so outstanding this year that the possibility of a snub makes us want to channel Cookie on Empire and wallop some fools with a broom. »
Most of the time, the TV Performer of the Week is tied specifically to a particular episode, but occasionally, it’s about an overall body of work for the season. In Eva Green’s case, I could have chosen any episode of Penny Dreadful to highlight her commanding performance. But “Little Scorpion” in particular found Vanessa Ives at a crossroads, and showcased Green’s ability to make Vanessa so many different things all at once. [caption id="attachment_475325" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] Season 2 of Penny Dreadful has improved upon Season 1 in part by giving us a Vanessa who is not constantly tortured and tormented by demonic possession. One of the things that made “Little Scorpion” so lovely was that Vanessa was actually allowed to be happy for a time. In Season 2 she has even smiled, getting herself involved in the romantic affairs of Victor (Harry Treadaway) and Lily (Billie Piper), befriending Caliban (Rory Kinnear »
- Allison Keene
A third season of Penny Dreadful has been ordered by Showtime, a few weeks before season 2 wraps up...
Some good news for Penny Dreadful fans here - the show has been renewed for a third season. As is becoming increasingly popular, this news has arrived a few weeks before season 2 draws to a close. While that may reduce the tension a little in season 2's finale episodes, it'll hopefully not cause any major concern for the show's fans.
The news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, after all. Penny Dreadful has done decent ratings numbers for Showtime all year. And, we already knew that Showtime's head honcho's have more confidence in dark and supernatural programming than NBC, who shut down production on Constantine recently.
Penny Dreadful season 3 will consist of 9 episodes, sitting halfway between season 1 (8 episodes) and season 2 (you guessed it - 10 episodes) in terms of length.
“John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world of Penny Dreadful,” said David Nevins, President of Showtime. “Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three.”
“Penny Dreadful is the perfect fit for Sky Atlantic; truly international in scale and ambition but with a raft of British talent at its core, and filmed in the Republic of Ireland.” adds Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic. “I’m thrilled to have the series returning to the channel, and to once again be partnering with John Logan and continuing to work with our good friends at Showtime. »
- Gary Collinson
John Logan's Victorian horror mash-up "Penny Dreadful" has mixed up a witches brew for a third season. Showtime announced on Tuesday (June 16) that a nine-episode third "Penny Dreadful" season will shoot on location in Dublin and will premiere in 2016. That episode splits the difference between the eight-episode first season and the current 10-episode second season, which will conclude on July 5. The June 7 "Penny Dreadful" drew 1.08 million viewers, including 537,000 viewers in the 18-49 demo, making it slightly more popular in the key demo than "Turn" and slightly more popular overall than "Orphan Black." "John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world of 'Penny Dreadful,'" blurbs Showtime President David Nevins. "Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for »
- Daniel Fienberg
"Penny Dreadful" has been renewed for another season.
On Tuesday, Showtime announced the Season 3 pick-up of the stylish and scary series from Creator and Executive Producer John Logan.
"John Logan's brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world of 'Penny Dreadful,'" Showtime President David Nevins said in a statement. "Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three."
Photos: ‘Penny Dreadful’ Season 2 Character Portraits
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The Demimonde will continue to emerge over at Showtime, now that the premium network has picked up its critically acclaimed horror fantasy series Penny Dreadful for a third season, to be comprised of nine episodes.
Surprisingly, the John Logan-created show, which takes place in a Victorian England populated by some of horror literature’s most famed characters, from Victor Frankenstein to Dorian Gray, debuted to lower numbers in its second season premiere. Though the series’ quality has not wavered in the slightest, that has to come as a shock to Showtime, which has aired huge ratings hits like Dexter and Homeland over the past few years.
Still, Penny Dreadful is contending for awards this year, with attention expected to go to Eva Green for her lead performance as the tormented Vanessa Ives. Other cast members including Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fans of new twists on classic literary horror characters can now rejoice, as Showtime has officially renewed Penny Dreadful for a third season. Set to premiere in 2016, the nine-episode third season will begin filming this autumn in Dublin, Ireland.
Press Release: "New York, NY – June 16, 2015 – Showtime has renewed the critically-acclaimed, BAFTA Award-winning drama series Penny Dreadful for a third season, it was announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. A co-production with Sky Atlantic, Penny Dreadful will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland for a nine episode order to debut in 2016. The second season of Penny Dreadful, currently airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Showtime, will air its season finale on Sunday, July 5.
“John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented »
- Derek Anderson
Rejoice, you lovers of Victorian supernatural sundries! Showtime has just announced that it will be renewing its gothic drama Penny Dreadful for a third season. The announcement comes halfway through the series second season, which has been truly excellent thanks both to the chemistry of the cast, the sumptuous nature of the show’s world, and its truly twisted dedication to a portrayal of the dark arts. Even besides its witches and voodoo and demon spells and possessions, what makes Penny Dreadful an engrossing series is how deeply it considers its characters, and how real they feel through their emotional trials and tribulations. (And if you are aren't caught up, here are 8 reasons why you should do so immediately). [caption id="attachment_451557" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] Production of the third season will begin on Dublin, Ireland this fall for a 2016 debut (the third season will have 9 episodes — for reference, Season 1 had 8 and Season »
- Allison Keene
Looks like the witches, demons, and Wolfman will be sticking around Showtime for at least another year. The network has renewed its supernatural drama Penny Dreadful for a nine-episode third season that will premiere sometime in 2016. “John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world of Penny Dreadful,” said Nevins. “Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three.” Penny Dreadful, which was created by Oscar winner John Logan, stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadway, Rory Kinear, Reeve Carney, Danny Sapani, Simon Russell Beale, Billie Piper, and Helen McCrory. A co-production with Sky Atlantic, the series will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland for Season 3. “Penny Dreadful is the perfect fit for Sky Atlantic; truly… »
- Chris King
Showtime has renewed Penny Dreadful. No surprise here, but the horror drama will be officially be back for a third season in 2016. That season will be one episode shy of its current order, with nine episodes planned for year three. “John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world Penny Dreadful,” said recently elevated Showtime president David Nevins. “Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three." Created
- Michael O'Connell
Showtime has renewed Penny Dreadful for a third season, giving the John Logan-created series a nine-episode order to air in 2016. It again will shoot in Dublin. The news comes ahead of the series’ Season 2 finale July 5. The Victorian Gothic series got off to a slow start when it premiered Season 2 on May 3, drawing 575,000 total viewers to its 10 Pm showing. That was the lowest viewership number yet for the series, down 34% from its Season 1 debut and 32% from the… »
Showtime has given a third season renewal to horror drama “Penny Dreadful.”
The series spearheaded by screenwriter John Logan will begin production in Dublin this fall. Showtime has ordered nine episodes.
“John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fanbase into the meticulously crafted world of ‘Penny Dreadful,'” said Showtime Networks president David Nevins. “Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three.”
“Dreadful” has been a multiplatform success story for Showtime, with a good portion of its audience coming through VOD and streaming platforms.
- Cynthia Littleton
Looks like a good Penny always turns up, too.
Showtime has renewed its gothic drama Penny Dreadful for a third season, the network announced Tuesday.
The nine-episode Season 3 will shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland, (as did Seasons 1 and 2) and will debut in 2016.
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“[Writer and executive producer] John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world of Penny Dreadful,” Showtime Networks Inc. president David Nevins said in a statement.
Related Emmys 2015: Lead »
Horror drama Penny Dreadful will be returning for a third season next year.
The second season has seen Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a close bond as their group - including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) - join forces to beat an evil force.
Sky Atlantic director Zai Bennett said of the series: "Penny Dreadful is the perfect fit for Sky Atlantic; truly international in scale and ambition but with a raft of British talent at its core, and filmed in the Republic of Ireland.
"I'm thrilled to have the series returning to the channel, and to once again be partnering with John Logan and continuing to work with our good friends at Showtime. »
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