Penny Dreadful has been resurrected as network Showtime orders a spinoff of the cancelled horror TV show, to be called Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. The original Penny Dreadful ran for three seasons. Set in Victorian England and loosely based on Gothic horror icons like Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Gray, Penny Dreadful was a critical success for the premium cable network. It earned 13 Emmy nominations altogether and a single Golden Globe nomination for its leading lady Eva Green as Vanessa Ives.
The spinoff will be something completely different. City of Angels will be a location and time shift from the original Penny Dreadful. It’ll be set in 1938 Los Angeles and focus on a new sect of mythology moving from Gothic horror to Mexican-American folklore. City of Angels might be more of a spiritual sequel than a direct continuation of Penny Dreadful with a stronger sociopolitical focus and tone.
Variety was the first to break the news of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels reporting that production is slated to begin in 2019. City of Angels comes from Penny Dreadful's creator, writer and executive producer John Logan. Logan will serve a similar role in City of Angels. Logan explained that City of Angels will have some tonal similarities to Penny Dreadful, but a different set of ambitions:
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storyline. 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.
As of this moment, none of the original cast of Penny Dreadful is set to return for the spinoff. Although if they were to come back, it's likely that they'd play completely new characters. Penny Dreadful ended suddenly and tragically with the death of main character Vanessa Ives and she wasn't the only one to expire. A few characters from the original Penny Dreadful could conceivably return. Josh Hartnett's Ethan survived the finale, and lived on to have adventures in a comic series and was originally from the United States. However, the time period of City of Angels means that Ethan would be significantly older than Hartnett is in real life.
It also seems like the very English, very white cast of Penny Dreadful wouldn't work as well in City of Angels with its focus on Mexican folklore. Victor Frankenstein wouldn't exactly make much sense paired up against the chupacabra, for instance. According to comments from Showtime president of programming Gary Levine City of Angels will tell "an extraordinary saga of familial love" in the world of monsters suggesting that there are several new faces and actors to be cast in the spinoff.
However in the original Penny Dreadful, Logan did display a tendency for reusing actors even if it didn't make an incredible amount of sense. Patti Lupone played multiple characters in two different seasons of Penny Dreadful with no in-universe explanation or acknowledgement. Therefore it wouldn't be all that surprising if Green showed up in City of Angels as a character completely different from Vanessa Ives. For the moment, though, the world of Penny Dreadful will keep on spinning, even if none of the characters or actors go through a similar resurrection.