The sequel series stars Natalie Dormer as a shapeshifting demon and sometimes what’s dead doesn’t always remain.
Penny Dreadful was one of the best TV series out there, but the show was canceled just after three seasons. Here's an exciting announcement—the literary-inspired crossover supernatural series will continue as a sequel series. While the sequel series is making some major changes from the settings and characters of 2014-2016’s Penny Dreadful, John Logan is returning as the writer and executive producer. He is being joined by Michael Aguilar, who's worked on recent Showtime offerings Kidding and I’m Dying Up Here. Here is everything you need to know about Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will air on Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET.
The first set of images from Showtime sequel series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels has been released and can be found on EW. The images starred Natalie Dormer as Magda, a shapeshifting demon. Dormer also said that during the first season, the series will show three of Magda’s human manifestations, explaining, “The audience will discover who those identities are as they continue to watch the show.”
Penny Dreadful first look: Natalie Dormer descends upon the City of Angels https://t.co/FBmSc0KV5Y— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 18, 2019
The cast of the show include Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Adriana Barraza, Jessica Garza, Rory Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Johnathan Nieves, Santino Barnard, Sebastian Chacon, Michael Gladis, Julian Hilliard, Lorenza Izzo, Thomas Kretschmann, Amy Madigan, Ethan Peck, Adam Rodriguez, Lin Shaye, Dominic Sherwood, Hudson West, Adan Rocha, Scott Beehner, Kyle McArthur, David Figlioli, Dominique Franceschi, Jeremy Cohenour, Naomi Koningen, and Lindsay Musil.
The initial tagline of the show was “Sometimes what’s dead doesn’t always remain.” The show is described as a “spiritual descendant" of the original series and it will focus on an entirely new set of characters, moving the story quite ahead and will move away from the previous show’s Victorian London setting to 1938 Los Angeles. Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc, released a statement, saying, "We were so thrilled when John Logan came to us with this wildly original take on the Penny Dreadful mythology that explores both the human spirit and the spirit world here in California." He adds, "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels promises to be an extraordinary saga of familial love set against the terrifying monsters that are around us and within us.”
Creator John Logan added, "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines,” Logan said. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real-world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.” Apart from Logan acting as an executive producer, Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris will also act as executive producers.
Yes, a trailer for the show was released on January 13, 2020, and you can watch it right here.