The new horror series Penny Dreadful has been picked up by Showtime for a second season, meaning Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, and Dracula will be back for 10 more episodes of the monster mash series starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green.
Showtime President David Nevins spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the decision to renew the unconventional series. “The goal here was to see if we could do a genre show, a horror show, but with all the sophistication and depth of a Showtime show, and John Logan ended up being the person to do it,” Nevins said. “It’s been well reviewed by mainstream critics; it’s giving us a Comic-Con-appeal show. It’s a whole new world as imagined by Logan.”
The next season of the series will continue to explore the same characters and Victorian world. “It just gets richer, deeper, and more complicated with the characters,” Nevin told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re only four episodes in, and you’re only just getting a taste of what’s to come.”
Penny Dreadful has been compared to Alan Moore’s graphic novel A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for its mashup of literary characters in the public domain. The series takes its name from the cheap pulp novels that were sold on the street for just a penny in 19th century England. Those stories often featured macabre tales of monsters and murder. The show features plenty of the macabre and adds some of the best-known characters from gothic literature, allowing them to interact with each another in the setting of Victorian-era London.