Say what you will about the state of American horror cinema at the moment, but there's no denying horror television is at an unprecedented peak right now -- and with a newly announced addition to the Showtime roster, it's only getting better. That's because the upcoming series Penny Dreadful comes from Oscar-nominated writer John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall and...Bats!) and Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall), who are teaming to, respectively, write and produce (and maybe direct) the show.
Interestingly, the adjective Showtime uses to describe Penny Dreadful is the same word that FX used for American Horror Story before it aired: "psychosexual." The Showtime series will go off in a completely different direction, though; it takes place in turn-of-the-20th-century London and features "realistic" portrayals of classic literary monsters -- including Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Gray -- "as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation." There's no word on when it will air, but Penny Dreadful is scheduled to begin production later this year.