Penny Dreadful fans are just going to have to wait a few more months. Showtime has announced that the first time we’ll be able to see the team in anything new will be Sunday, April 26th at 10PM.
But at least they gave us a delicious new full-length trailer to taste until then. That video is just below. But let us digress for just a moment, for those who may not be familiar with the glory that is Showtime’s Penny Dreadful series.
After a first season on Showtime, Penny Dreadful is set for a second season. The show gets its name from a British colloquialism that is roughly the equivalent of the American term “pulp fiction.” A “penny dreadful” was a horror story printed on cheap pulp paper and available to buy for just a penny.
The late 19th century saw an explosion of horror-type stories, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, Frankenstein, and many others. The Showtime series has its roots in these kinds of tales, blending together characters from these and other stories from the horror genre.
Show creators have spoken about the explosion of these kinds of tales in the late 19th century, pointing out that England was on the cusp of the industrial revolution. The expanded possibilities of harnessed lightning (electricity), conquered skies (flight), and covering great distances in short time (motorized travel) were upon them.
Writers of that period imagined the possibilities — and horrors — of these advances in the world and wrote about them, much the same way that writers in our own time might conjure up visions of high-tech police work (Minority Report), science bringing dinosaurs back to life (Jurassic Park), or alien encounters (pick a movie). We see these things as more possible than ever, knowing what we do about our own current abilities and technology.
Since there has only been one season of Penny Dreadful so far, look for another marathon of episodes just before the next season premieres in April. There was already one on New Year’s Eve. There are only eight in the first season. Catching up will be easy.
The series stars Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Harry Treadaway. Minor characters promise to become regulars in the upcoming season, so hop on while you can.
Now here’s that trailer!