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The Next American Horror Story? Showtime Orders Penny Dreadful

By January 17, 2013

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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.

Source: Deadline


January 23, 2013 at 9:21 am
(1) Kurt Kyre says:

I am certain that the suit-wearing studio executives at Showtime have invested very little in the success of Penny Dreadful. By saddling it with the thrift-store, refrigerator magnet poetise “psychosexual”, they have clearly identified their target audience.

The classic characters that the show will purportedly feature, are iconic in the minds of fans of the literary versions, considerable less so for those only familiar with more modern incarnations of those characters. It is the latter that will make up the focus groups that will end up shaping this program.

Let’s just cut to the chase and call this series “Fifty Shades of Frankenstein”, and get on with the casting of some bland, twenty-something, crotch-throb festooned with carefully applied prosthetic stitches, so as to not mar his vaguely chiseled metrosexual countenance.


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