Showtime Brings Literary Monsters to Life with ‘Penny Dreadful’

Chris Savage

In the past few years TV has taken a firm liking to horror. We have had a slew of horror-themed shows with some hitting the mark and going on to be some of the best television ever, and some that just fall flat on their face. So how will Showtime’s proposed show be greeted?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has given a series commitment to a new drama from Skyfall duo John Logan and Sam Mendes, entitled Penny Dreadful.

The series is a period piece which is being described as a “psychosexual horror.”

Penny Dreadful draws from “famous works of literature, posing that some of the most terrifying protagonists — Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray,Dracula’s Van Helsing and more — come together in Victorian London.”

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins, told the site;

“[Logan] has been obsessed with monsters in literature since childhood. It’s a show he’s always wanted to do and I’ve been wooing him to Showtime for a long time. It’s very realistic, it’s very grounded; the characters are are in very human form in turn of the century London. There will be one central point, but it’s a fairly ensemble series in the way Downton Abbey is an ensemble.”


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