Showtime is bringing back “Penny Dreadful,” but not in a way many fans might have expected.
Announced this morning, the network has officially handed out a series order for “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,” a new follow up story that is said to be a “spiritual descendant” of the original series. The news comes over two years after “Penny Dreadful” came to an abrupt end following its third season finale, a choice which was said to have been creator/showrunner John Logan’s plan all along.
Now, the show’s new “City of Angels” story will take viewers into an entirely new time period and location, set within the same “Penny Dreadful” world.
Opening in 1938 Los Angeles, the show will focus on “a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. It will be rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, and will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop.”
John Logan is expected to return as creator, writer, and executive producer for the new series.
“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,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming at Showtime Networks. “’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.”
“’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,” said Logan. “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.”
Production on “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” will reportedly begin next year, but no premiere date or episode count have been decided upon yet.