I’ve always been an avid follower of series on premium networks. Nine out of ten times, the series end up being great! This May, Showtime will release a new series called ‘Penny Dreadful’. There is a lot of anticipation for this one. It’s being categorized as falling into the horror/drama genre, a genre that I personally wouldn’t mind seeing more of, especially on the premium networks.
What we can expect from the series:
This series will be featuring a number of terrifying characters from some of the best horror literature ever written. There will be characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray as well as a number of supernatural creatures of mythology. We can expect to see vampires that don’t sparkle, demons that don’t crack jokes and scary beings that hide in the shadows of Victorian London. So, expect to see a lot of scary creatures weaved throughout this story line.
The series will also be ground-breaking, as there have been few series that focus on terror and drama, mixed with aspects associated with psychological thrillers. Since this is a series on Showtime, there will be nudity and sex – not that I’m complaining, but I think it’s safe to say this isn’t a series that is kid-friendly.
The Series Characters:
This series will bring us a number of memorable characters played by actors and actresses that you’ll probably recognize. The most recognizable actor appearing on the show will be Josh Hartnett, who has been involved in a number of films throughout his career including HALLOWEEN H2O, THE FACULTY, ‘O’, BLACK HAWK DOWN and, of course, PEARL HARBOR. In the series, Hartnett will be playing the character ETHAN CHANDLER, who is described to be an American who winds up in Victorian London. This character will be a charming ladie’s man (big surprise), who teams up with BRONA CROFT. He’s also said to have a number of secrets that threaten to ruin everything. I think it’s safe to say that nobody will disapprove of this casting. He’ll be a complex character that has more to him than meets the eye.
The next main character will be played by the beautifully talented Eva Green, who has been on the screen in films like 300: THE RISE OF AN EMPIRE, DARK SHADOWS, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and CAMELOT, an TV adaptation of the classic tale of King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round table. She’s proven herself to be a diverse, talented actress who plays a villain like she was born to do it. In ‘Penny Dreadful’, she’ll play one of the leading roles of VANESSA IVES. The character is described to be very mysterious, yet fully composed and confident. The character has a number of special gifts, including clairvoyance, in addition to being a medium of great talent. Her supernatural powers are very useful to herself and those around her, but, as always the powers burden her greatly, filling her with demons (whether literal or not, we won’t know until the series begins). The previews show her undergoing what appears to be possession, but we’ll have to wait to see what comes of it, as previews can be deceiving. Even though the series hasn’t aired, it’s pretty obvious that Green will play this role to perfection.
Timothy Dalton will be playing SIR MALCOLM. You may remember this actor from his work on the series JANE EYRE, that aired on BBC. His character is an African explorer on a ‘deeply personal quest’, as quoted in the synopsis. He’s described as a lonely collector, whose home is filled with treasures that I’m guessing have supernatural significance. He and VANESSA IVES will attempt to right the wrongs of his past and, undoubtedly be tossed in a terrifying journey together that will test them both in unspeakable ways.
This show will offer a lot of what is missing on TV series today – HORROR! I for one can’t wait until May 11th. If you’re interested in horror, psychological thrillers, watch this series when it airs. I’m sure it will be a great one !