‘Penny Dreadful’ Officially Renewed for Season 2

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Showtime’s new original program, the Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, is a curious beast for sure, but also one that’s very much been resonating with most of the viewers who’ve been tuning in, during the month that’s passed since its premiere episode aired (read our review). The show is now confirmed to return for a second season, which show creator John Logan – Oscar-nominated screenwriter of such films as The Aviator, Hugo, and Skyfall – has already begun writing.

Penny Dreadful has, so far, lived up to its name; by offering a show that is heavy on the pulpiness and kink, in addition to embracing certain popular trends in pop culture right now (see: blending together multiple iconic characters and/or intellectual properties), the series is, in many ways, the embodiment of what could be considered a modern “Penny Dreadful” for cable TV – set in late 19th century England, anyway. That’s not to say the show is flawless, but between the various mysterious plot threads being slowly unraveled and scenery-chewing to remember from Eva Green, it’s of little surprise that this show has found an interested audience.

According to the official Showtime press release, Penny Dreadful has been drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across multiple platforms; that includes, it being the network’s currently most-watched new show through its Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime avenues. With numbers like this, it’s no wonder that Showtime Networks Inc. President David Nevins says renewing Penny Dreadful for season two “was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made.” Production on the next season – which will be ten episodes long (two more than season one) – is slated to begin in the months ahead, on location in Dublin, Ireland.

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Billie Piper and Josh Hartnett in ‘Penny Dreadful’


[MILD SPOILERS for Penny Dreadful season one, episode four ahead.]


The second half of Penny Dreadful season 1 promises to (at least, partly) payoff the mysteries teased throughout the first four episodes. That includes, shedding light on the connection between Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and the absent Mina (Olivia Llewellyn); revealing what, exactly, is up with Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and the deep, dark secrets he’s clearly been keeping hidden; and unveiling the true identity of this “Master” character, what he wants with Vanessa – and why Professor Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner) seems to know so much about the blood qualities of its kind (hint, hint).

Indeed, now that the show has managed to get what is arguably the less interesting backstory material and related, though necessary, heavy-lifting out of the way – by establishing the thematic motifs of the series (a la symbolism-heavy discussions of poisonous orchids and the like) – the stage is set for Penny Dreadful to dive deeper below the surface of its League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-esque premise and truly carve out a dark, twisted, horror mythology to call its own.


Penny Dreadful season one continues next Sunday with “Closer Than Sisters” @ 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Source: Showtime

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  1. YES! Good on Showtime for picking this back up. Looking forward to the next season.

  2. nice good news. this show is pretty dam good

  3. Best news to come today !
    Was fearing it would get canceled !
    Thanks Showtime and Thanks to all you people watching !
    Awesome !

  4. Yeh! I absolutely love the show. Looking forward already to
    next season. Penny Dreadful rules!!

  5. Awesome. I was worried that it’ll get cancelled from what I seen the ratings. A very good news.

  6. This is good news. Penny Dreadful is literally the only thing Showtime has aired worth watching since Dexter season 2.

    • Shameless and Californication

      • Well Shameless has been positively reviewed in plenty of places so I’ll take your word for it. I don’t watch its just not my thing and it hits a little too close to home for me to find it funny. Californication on the other hand is absolutely terrible.

        • Masters of sex is one of showtimes best dramas, i love penny dreadful, but masters of sex tops it

  7. I must admit I have been bad and downloaded the show, wont come to aussie tv, and I love it along with my MUM :)

    • Good things come to those who wait!

      Penny Dreadful S1 was aired on Foxtel probably a couple of months behind the States. I guess people just don’t have patience any more…

  8. Show has way too much kink and sex, but the horror angles are good. Glad to see Van Helsing introduced. I did subscribe to Showtime specifically for Penny Dreadful, but for $15 a month, and being the only show Showitme/Movie Channel has worth watching, and the fact the show has not for me been quite as good as it looked like it was going to be, I am right on the cusp debating whether to dump Showtime/Movie Channel and just watch this when available on Netflix (which is my main “go-to” for movies). PD has potential, but they seem to be fitting alot of the good stuff around the edges to make room for nudity and sex as a primary purpose, rather than gothic/Victorian horror, plus the lighting in some scenes is so dark, you can hardly see what is going on on the screen (Salem on WGN America has the same problem…decent show but with similar baggage). Still trying to make up my mind. I do know Netflix has it listed as potentially appearing there when available, and the Customer Service Dept. at Showtime says it will likely be out on DVD in a year, so we’ll see.

    • you shaming prude.

  9. So happy for this.

  10. i wrote about thsi on an open discussion earlier but ill write my comment on this page since evryone here is talking about it, i watched the 1st episode not knowing what to expect but it ended up catching my interest, but after episode 1 ive been kind of confused about what going on because the plot of the show is these characters teaming up to battle supernatural threats in london, but it seems like these characters have there own personal agenda where the writer is making there personal life more important than the actual plot, and im just confused about who dorian gray is except the fact hes a weirdo but everyone thinks hes charming…anyone wanna committ and tell me if im missing something??

    • I think that’s what sets it apart from the team-up genre whereas League of Extraordinary Gentlemen might be about about Literary Characters teaming up against Moriarty this is more about characters vaguely fighting some supernatural presence but more importantly confronting their own demons and responsibilities. (SPOILERS) To me Ethan’s undefined struggle and Frankenstein’s predicament are far more interesting than rescuing Mina Murray and some vampire chained up in a basement. It’s much more character driven than plot driven as the “seance” scene will show you. As far as Dorian Gray I think they assume most people will know of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I admit his arc so far isn’t that interesting and he seems to be there just to fill the sex quota but his story should get more interesting once we find out what his motivations are.

    • Dorian grey was a man whom never ages. He made a pact with the devil so he could remain beautiful like a picture painted of him. So every year the painting gets older and uglier because of his excessive lifestyle but he does not. But if the painting is ever ruined he too shall die.

  11. Agree with Riggins… They need to get with the team up and fighting the supernatural like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen… The episodes have been kind of boring…

  12. i will say John Logan is a great writer, i mean his resume consists of any given sunday, gladiator, the last samurai, the aviator, coriolanus and skyfall as well as writing future bond movies so its safe to say the man can write, so im hoping hes getting these characters developed now and then have a very entertaining last couple episodes and getting back more towards the plot in season 2

  13. I have enjoyed Penny Dreadful & looking very forward to season 2. The cast is superb & that makes the difference. With all the crap on TV these days especially all the reality garbage there is very little i look forward to watching. Dexter, Supernatural, Strikeback & Penny Dreadful.

  14. Just finished season one and very excited to see what comes next. This is a refreshing and provocative show:)

  15. thanks showtime for picking this show back up for a second season, greate decision, i love this show it has every thing to keep u watching, and thanks to all the viewers for watching and keeping the show alive you are appreiciated,. keep up the wonderful work you are doing show wonderful job.

  16. I love the show and like the emphasis on the individuals, showing the viewer what makes the character tick, what their own demons are, how they cope with them and how it effects the team, it makes you more invested and understand each individual character, therefore making you care more about what happens to them individual and as a team. I find this refreshing as the writers credit the viewers with intelligence instead of just throwing guts and gore at us. These are all beautifully developing characters, the plot is great and the casting perfect. Love love love this show…cant wait for the second series.

  17. The creators and team of Penny Dreadful should be commended and recognized for giving the actors of the show such amazing material to work with and how brave and fearless everyone is to take the material and bring it alive. Your show really resonates, and moves and dares to force the audience to watch. How rare it is to experience a show that you cannot predict, just when you think that you know what is going to happen, a curve ball is thrown and your taking off in a new direction. I must say how the subject matter of some of the episodes is really again, brave and fearless, from gay, to the spiritual, to death and love, that and the creators are taking the time to tell a story, and not rushing, again so rare to watch.

    I look forward to your next episode.

  18. We miss you Penny Dreadful!!

  19. Love this show! Kudos

  20. Yes, thank god for season 2 of Penny Dreadful. A awesome series,each episode hanging on for the next! Showtime has the BEST and the most addictive series. Good on them! I truly hope that Penny Deadful, has a good long run! Eva Green, is amazing, mysterious and leaves you wanting more. The characters, have an amazing chemistry, each having their own “demons” adds to the addictive nature of the show. Absolutely brilliant! Hope the series, has a great long run!
    Continued success, to the writers and creators of the show!
    I’m at the edge of my seat, waiting for season 2, to start, and many more to follow!

  21. Penny Dreadful, what an amazing, fresh new series. Right up my alley, I love the Gothic setting. The combination of characters make for unique interactions.
    This is one series that I don’t miss, everything, during that time slot, takes a back seat!
    Can’t wait for season 2 to begin.
    Continued success!

  22. Just watched on box set and can’t wait till series 2 begins,
    This is my sort of show ,

  23. Just got cable so I could watch Penny Dreadful watched the whole 1st season & loved it…. can’t wait for the second season please hurry lol