Showtime Axes ‘Penny Dreadful’ Spinoff After One Season

By all accounts, 2020 has–so far–been a dreadful year, and that adjective now takes on new meaning for fans of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, as the spinoff series has been dropped by Showtime after just one season.

The short-lived series–the brainchild of original series creator John Logan–concluded some two months ago and will not be renewed, as reported by Variety.

The premium cable network said in a statement that it has decided not to move forward with another season of the horror series. “We would like to thank executive producers John Logan and Michael Aguilar and the entire cast and crew for their outstanding work on this project,” the statement added.

The original Penny Dreadful series on Showtime–which ran for 27 episodes from 2014-2016–also was cancelled unexpectedly. At that time, Logan said the series was concluded as planned, and then proposed the notion for the City of Angels spinoff.

“As the world went through seismic changes, both political and social in the last five years, I started really thinking about a certain period of L.A. history,” Lucas said. “I love the history of this city, and there have been so many shocking parallels to me about what was going on then (1938) and what’s going on now.”

City of Angels, as explained, dealt with realistic and supernatural horrors amid tensions rising in Los Angeles in 1938. The show–which debuted April 26 of this year–starred Natalie Dormer (as the shape-shifting demon Magda), Daniel Zovatto (as Det. Tiago Vega) and Nathan Lane (as Det. Lewis Michener).

The original Penny Dreadful–which featured reimagined versions of such classic horror characters as the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing, Dr. Henry Jekyll (and Mr. Edward Hyde) and Dorian Gray–starred Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eve Green and Rory Kinnear.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on the Penny Dreadful franchise, as well as any future horror offerings from Showtime.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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