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Penny Dreadful: Season Three Ratings

The ratings for the second season of Penny Dreadful dropped 20-30% when compared to the show's first season. Showtime decided to renew the program anyway. Will the numbers rise or fall in season three? Will the dark TV series be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.

On Penny Dreadful, legendary characters from classic fiction like Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula), Doctor Frankenstein (Frankenstein), and Doctor Henry Jekyll (Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). They work to fight both personal demons and supernatural threats. The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale, and Sarah Greene.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Creator Talks Season 3, Vanessa’s Demons and the American West

‘Penny Dreadful’ Creator Talks Season 3, Vanessa’s Demons and the American West
At the end of the second season of “Penny Dreadful,” the show’s characters were scattered to the four winds, having vanquished one formidable foe but at great personal cost. In the May 1 third-season premiere of the Showtime drama, the Victorian characters at the heart of the drama began to take their first steps out of self-imposed isolation.

But as creator John Logan explained in a recent interview, “Penny Dreadful’s” protagonists still have a long way to go before they’re reunited and able to take on the grave new challenges they’ll face this year. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) began the new season on separate continents, two of them far from their usual London haunts. The Creature (Rory Kinnear) was shivering in the Arctic, and his creator, Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), was suffering the after-effects of yet another relationship gone wrong,
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Ten of the Best at FrightFest 2015

  • SoundOnSight
The August bank holiday weekend in London is always cause for celebration for horror fans as the FrightFest horror and genre film festival rolls into the city’s Leicester Square for four days of blood-spattered cinematic mayhem. This year saw the arrival of horror icon and star of Re-Animator and You’re Next, Barbara Crampton, as the Guest of Honour who starred in no less than five of the entries this year including festival favourite We Are Still Here. As always with film festivals it was a real mixed bag, with very few scares but a lot of laughs (some intentional, other not so much) as the filmmakers, many of them horror fans themselves, had a lot of fun playing with the tropes and clichés of the genre while others tried to put fresh new spins on some well-worn material. Here are a few of the highlights:

We Are Still Here
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Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray / DVD Release Details and Cover Art

  • DailyDead
Fans of new twists on classic literary horror characters can now rejoice, as Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment have revealed the cover art and details for the Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray / DVD, due out on October 6th.

TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season will come out on respective 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets on October 6th, complete with the following special features:

Video Production Blog Reeve Carney Round Table History of the Occult Character Profile Evelyn Poole's Mansion Interview/Behind the Scenes

Last month, Showtime officially renewed Penny Dreadful for a nine-episode third season that is set to premiere in 2016 and will begin filming this autumn in Dublin, Ireland.

"Penny Dreadful’s second season has found Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway
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Gloomsday reckoning: Penny Dreadful's bloody, great season-two finale

With sharp performances from Eva Green, Helen McCrory and Billie Piper, a more focused storyline and a snappy conclusion, we leave the Dreadful gang in a suitably dark place until next year

We leave the second season of Penny Dreadful with nearly all the characters broken, gloomy and alone. Sir Malcolm, Ethan Talbot and John Clare are all sailing off to different continents, junkie Victor Frankenstein is finding whatever solace he can in the needle and Vanessa is left losing her faith in the now-otherwise-empty London house. As for Ferdinand Lyle, we can but wonder what his home life is like, but whatever he’s up to won’t be as much fun as it was before. The only two enjoying themselves at the end were new best friends Lily Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, who were literally having a bloody ball.

Related: Compelling, seductive horror: have you been watching Penny Dreadful?
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Season Finale Review: 'Penny Dreadful' - Eva Green vs. the Devil was worth the wait

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Season Finale Review: 'Penny Dreadful' - Eva Green vs. the Devil was worth the wait
It’s hard to imagine the characters that inhabit the world of “Penny Dreadful” being in worse emotional predicaments than they were at the end of season one, but creator and writer John Logan leaves his creations at their lowest points following the season two finale, “And They Were Enemies.” Thankfully, he has the combined talents of Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear and director Bruce Kirk to make the preceding hour a more satisfying finale than viewers might have expected. The previous episode, "And Hell Itself My Only Foe," found our heroes invading the home of Madame Kali (Helen McCrory) in order to rescue Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) from her coven of witches. It ended with Vanessa Ives (Green) facing her greatest fear, a doll of herself, and a trapped Sembene (Danny Sapani) refusing to kill Mr. Chandler (Josh Hartnett) before the full moon transformed him into his uncontrollable werewolf state.
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‘Penny Dreadful’ Season Finale Shakes Up Showtime’s Gothic Drama (Spoilers)

‘Penny Dreadful’ Season Finale Shakes Up Showtime’s Gothic Drama (Spoilers)
Showtime has renewed “Penny Dreadful” for a third season, which, after Sunday’s finale, provokes some mixed feelings. That’s not because the show isn’t great fun to watch, but rather because there was enough poetry in its final chapter that even with numerous loose ends, it frankly wouldn’t have been a bad place to end things. As it was, the season-long story line involving a Satan-worshipping coven paid off handsomely, before scattering members of the central cast in a manner that will require dexterity to reconstitute them. Fortunately, series creator John Logan appears up to the task.

As rich as the season was, it often didn’t seem to be going anywhere with any urgency, with Logan and his splendid cast luxuriating in the florid dialogue and Gothic atmosphere. So it came as something of relief to see the pace quicken and tension rise in the final two episodes,
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TV Review: Penny Dreadful: Season 2, Episode 8: Memento Mori [Showtime]

  • Film-Book
Showtime’s Penny Dreadful Memento Mori TV Show Review. Penny Dreadful: Season 2, Episode 8: Memento Mori contained so many surprises that I am scarcely capable of summing them up in a quick, snappy line that covers them all. In Memento Mori, the longest held secret in the series was revealed: the one concerning Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney) and the painting he allows no one else to see. The most delicious and succulent surprise though was the one Lily (Billie Piper) gave the viewer in this episode. Both reveals, Dorian and Lily’s, increased the scope of Penny Dreadful beyond what had previously been seen as its boundaries. Both were “wow” moments but Lily’s was incredible.

The discovery of Dorian’s secret was inevitable. How it was built up to was not. The story leading up to the painting’s reveal expanded the universe of the series. It also
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Showtime Renews Penny Dreadful for Third Season

  • DailyDead
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
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Penny Dreadful will be returning for a third season on Sky Atlantic and Showtime

Horror drama Penny Dreadful will be returning for a third season next year.

Sky Atlantic and Showtime have renewed John Logan's critically-acclaimed series, which will shoot on location in Dublin for nine episodes to air in 2016.

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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Penny Dreadful season 2 episode 6 review: Glorious Horrors

It's time for a ball in this week's Penny Dreadful. What could possibly go wrong? Becky reviews the inevitable yet genteel mayhem...

This review contains spoilers.

2.6: Glorious Horrors

One of the biggest strengths of this second season is how fluid the narrative has seemed from one episode to the next.

It's another connection back to its literary past; each episode is another chapter of the story, continuing directly from the climax of the previous episode and into the new one. Following last week's night of passion, we're treated to the morning after; Dorian's making plans for a ball, Lily's making eggs for Frankenstein and Kali is making a Malcolm doll as he treats his wife's death with little more thought than whether he should replace the carpet. Dorian invites everyone who is everyone to the ball whilst Sembene finally learns what Chandler has been hiding.

"It's a ball! What's the worst that could happen?
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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.06, “Glorious Horrors”: It’s Raining Blood!

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Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 6, “Glorious Horrors”

Written by John Logan

Directed by James Hawes

Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime

Last week’s Penny Dreadful ended with several of the main characters shacking up for the night. This week is very much a “morning after” episode. Gone is the glow of a night of unexpected pleasure, replaced by a dull feeling of “What now?”

This has been a very up and down season for Penny Dreadful. There’ll be a rather flat episode that only serves to get the plot moving, which will then be followed by something magnificent. This week’s episode, “Glorious Horrors”, definitely falls somewhere in the “flat” realm. It’s redeemed in the end with a fancy ball that ends in a shower of blood, but it takes its sweet time getting there.

Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) learns of his wife’s untimely demise, which
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Penny Dreadful: Season Two Ratings

The first season of Penny Dreadful wasn't exactly a hit in the ratings but, on the positive side, viewership remained pretty consistent. How will this series do in its second season? Will interest rise or fall? Renewed for a third season or cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.

On Penny Dreadful, legendary characters from classic fiction like Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula), and Doctor Frankenstein and his monster (Frankenstein). They work to fight both personal demons and supernatural threats. The cast includes Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, and Simon Russell Beale.

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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.04, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places” crams in as much as it can

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Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 4, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places”

Written by John Logan

Directed by Damon Thomas

Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime

Everyone pairs up in the latest episode of Penny Dreadful, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places.” Penny Dreadful is obviously an ensemble show, but it’s always had a problem knowing quite what to do with its plethora of characters. After last week’s series highlight episode, which slowed things down and focused on a single coherent story, the show gets back to business, with “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places,” attempting to cram in as much information as possible relevant to season two’s main plot.

Creator John Logan needs to find a new approach to his ever-growing cast of ghouls and werewolves and you can feel him sensing this here. His solution–pairing off almost every main character to move things along–gives the episode a fast,
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Compelling, seductive horror: have you been watching Penny Dreadful?

With the introduction of Helen McCrory as a bewitching villain, a gripping romance and a new accent for Billie Piper, the undead gothic mystery has found a new lease of life

The first series of Penny Dreadful was a bloody mess. No surprise there, you might say. What else is a spooky, sensational Victoriana drama about a possibly-possessed medium, an Quartermain-ish adventurer, an American gun-for-hire who’s secretly a werewolf, and Dr Frankenstein and his many monsters going to be? Throw in a legion of vampires pursuing and being pursued by our heroes – it alternated between chasing and being chased, a bit like the end credits of The Benny Hill Show – and it’s not exactly a recipe for Downton Abbey.

So, we had blood and guts, slicing and dicing, vampires chained up in basements, corpses reanimated and then ripped in half, sub-Exorcist demonic mutterings that French and Saunders
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Penny Dreadful: Helen McCrory on Playing Season 2’s Seductive Big Bad

  • Collider.com
From acclaimed writer John Logan, the Showtime horror drama Penny Dreadful is back. As Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond, the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani), must unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Helen McCrory (who has returned as Evelyn Poole, aka Madame Kali, the seductive spiritualist that will pose a unique threat this season) talked about how much she was told about the character when she signed on, what a great collaborator John Logan is, what fans can expect from her motives, the fascinating research she got to do, just how much darker this season will get, and that this is the most eclectic cast she’s ever worked with. Be aware that there are some spoilers. [caption id="attachment_358580" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime/caption]
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Penny Dreadful series 2 episode 1 review: Fresh Hell

  • Den of Geek
Dark forces are once again in pursuit of Vanessa in the remarkably deft Penny Dreadful season 2 opener, Fresh Hell...

This review contains spoilers.

2.1 Fresh Hell

Fresh Hell opens with a scene of tranquility as Vanessa strolls through a snow-covered park, a peace that is soon to be shattered by the mysterious Madame Kali as she begins to torment Vanessa. Chandler recovers consciousness to discover that he is covered in blood, surrounded by bodies with their throats ripped out whilst Frankenstein works to bring Brona back to life as Caliban’s companion. Chandler, previously intent on leaving, now finds himself staying in London as he and Sir Malcolm realise that something new and dangerous is hunting Vanessa.

As with any supernaturally-themed series, Penny Dreadful begins to expand the mythology on which it was founded, moving outwards from its literary influences to create its own coherent and realised world. However, the strength
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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.01, “Fresh Hell” trades vampires for witches but keeps the blood flowing

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Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 1, “Fresh Hell”

Written by John Logan

Directed by James Hawes

Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime

Season one of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful was a gleefully gruesome gothic experience, firmly rooted in pulpy sensibilities and clearly influenced by Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While it was not an altogether solid season of television, it had a ghastly charm, reminiscent of lurid Hammer horror films of the past.

The first season saw a rag-tag group of Victorian-era Londonites, including the demonically possessed Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), American gunslinger (and secret werewolf) Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), and Dr. Frankenstein himself (Harry Treadaway), doing battle against ultraviolent vampires. The group banded together to embark on a quest to rescue Sir Malcolm Murray’s (Timothy Dalton) lost daughter Mina. Season one climaxed with Sir Malcolm realizing his daughter, now turned into a bloodsucker, was lost forever.
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Contest: Win ‘The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful’ Hardcover Coffee Table Book, Full Set of Character Posters

  • DailyDead
"Fresh Hell" is hitting the small screen tonight via Showtime. The Penny Dreadful Season 2 premiere airs at 10:00pm Est, and ahead of the episode's television debut, we've been provided with ten hardcover copies of The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful coffee table book, as well as two full sets of individual character posters, to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

From Titan Books, The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful was written by Sharon Gosling and contains 176 pages:

"Some of horror literature's most iconic characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and figures from Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful goes behind the scenes to unearth its secrets and dissect every aspect of the show's production, with exclusive interview material with the creator,
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‘Penny Dreadful 2×01: Fresh Hell’ Review

  • Blogomatic3000
“Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name.”

Penny Dreadful comes screeching back into the station with ‘Fresh Hell,’ a promising, if uneven, season premiere that sees freaks of all kind seeking solace with each other. For Ethan and Vanessa it means a small step toward commiserating over the terror of containing the inhuman within themselves. For the creature Caliban it means whining about how lonely he is, hiding himself among the other weirdos in a wax museum, and projecting creepily onto a corpse(Brona’s) he hopes Frankenstein can raise from the dead to live as his bride, and for sir Malcolm it means a sad attempt at reaching out to his estranged wife and the mother of his departed children, both of whom paid with their lives for their bad luck in fathers. Everybody’s hurting in the wake of last season’s knock-down-drag-out revelations and events,
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