Showtime Orders ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Follow Up Series
US network Showtime has ordered a follow-up series to ‘Penny Dreadful’, which will move the action to LA it has been announced.
‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels‘ is described as a “spiritual descendant” of the ‘Penny Dreadful’ story which moves from Victorian-era London to 1938 Los Angeles, in time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, the drama 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. This chapter is a bold new vision that will employ all new characters and storylines.
The new show comes from John Logan, creator, writer and exec producer of the original Emmy nominated series, who will continue in those roles for ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’. He is joined by Michael Aguilar (‘Kidding’) as exec producer this time around.
“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,” comments Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. ‘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.
Speaking about the story, creator John Logan adds that the new show will “have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the ‘Penny Dreadful’ London storylines. 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.”
The original series, which premiered in 2014, had 3 Primetime Emmy nominations, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for lead actress Eva Green, and won three BAFTA Awards.
‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels‘ will begin production in 2019. It’s way too early for a premiere date on either side of the Atlantic yet, however, the drama should air on Sky Atlantic when it arrives, due to Sky’s output deal with Showtime. We’ll let you know when we have more info.