Looks like Showtime has found its niche with the horror/thriller genre. The network has renewed Penny Dreadful for Season 2.
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With all the slashing and dicing, paired with witty humor and smart drama, Penny Dreadful has found a clever and unique way to fill the Dexter void in our lives. And it looks like Showtime doesn’t have any plans to stray away from the horror story lines since the network has ordered a second season of the show.
“I think because it’s a genre show, it has done incredibly well in all the new ways you can watch, beyond any show we’d had before,” said Showtime Networks president David Nevins.
Penny Dreadful weaves together classic horror tales including Dracula, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray to create a genre show that is surprisingly fresh and well-executed. It stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton.
“The show has been an interesting combination of genre credibility — it is simultaneously a gorgeous historical costume drama and a really scary, twisted horror show,” Nevins said. “The question was, could we do a genre show that made sense on Showtime that had adult appeal and the psychological sophistication you expect from one of our premium dramas, but still satisfies drama audiences.”
We’d say the show has done just that.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Penny Dreadful premiere raked in the youngest-skewed audience it’s seen since Dexter. Thanks in large part to the multiple viewing formats now available today and the massive sneak-peek audience Penny Dreadful received before the premiere, the ratings for the show so far have been impressive.
Season 2 is schedule to air in 2015 with a 10-episode run. That’s two episodes more than Season 1. Show writer John Logan, who is best known for penning James Bond, is said to already be busy writing away on Season 2 of Penny Dreadful.