Who watched Penny Dreadful? If you haven’t, you should. Soon. It’s really quite wonderful.
Showtime President David Nevis, at the Television Critics Association press tour, talked to Collider about the second season of Penny Dreadful: “I think Penny Dreadful is so much more than a genre show. It is, in its core, a really deeply felt character show… The important thing was to find a way to do a horror show and a monster show that felt like it had the psychological depth and richness of character that you expect from us. John Logan is a pretty deeply soulful guy, and that soulfulness is really what makes that show tick.
When asked if, down the line, spin-off series might be possible, he replied: “It’s a really big cosmology, and it’s going to get bigger next year. There are four characters in the middle – Sir Malcolm, Vanessa, Ethan and Dr. Frankenstein. Those characters will remain in the middle, but there’s a great antagonist for next year, which is going to be played by Helen McCrory, who you saw introduced this year, but there are things that will be revealed about her character. She was very deliberately planted this year to become the Season 2 antagonist. The Season 1 antagonist was an inhuman character.
“I think it’s going to be good for the storytelling and the characters to have a more human antagonist. Maybe four years down the road, you can spin something off, but I like its sprawlingness. That’s what’s fun about it. It’s a show that you can crawl inside of, and then just live there. We’re only just getting started. There are so many places. Season 1 spent a lot of time just bringing characters on screen and touching on them. Season 2 will really be about deepening those relationships, and the complications between the characters.”
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