Penny Dreadful is coming back with a brand new sequel series. Showtime has announced the series, titled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which brings back writer, producer and creator John Logan, who will once again serve in that same capacity for this new show, is officially a go. This sequel will carry the same name, but will focus on new characters and will take place in an entirely different setting; 1930 Los Angeles.
According to Showtime, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is a "spiritual descendant" of its predecessor that starts off in 1938 Los Angeles at a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. The series will be rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others who are aligned with the Devil. John Logan had this to say about the new series in a statement.
"Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines. We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice."
Penny Dreadful, which was set in Victorian-era London and originally aired on Showtime from 2014 to 2016, totaling three seasons. It was decided that the show would end, somewhat surprisingly, at the end of season 3. The cast included Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Billie Piper and Josh Hartnett. It's not expected that any of them will be returning for the sequel series. Gary Levine, President of Programming at Showtime Networks, had this to say in a statement.
"We were so thrilled when John Logan came to us with this wildly original take on the Penny Dreadful mythology that explores both the human spirit and the spirit world here in California. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels promises to be an extraordinary saga of familial love set against the terrifying monsters that are around us and within us."
During its original run, Penny Dreadful was nominated for 13 Emmys and a Golden Globe, in addition to winning three BAFTA award. Michael Aguilar (Kidding) has boarded the series as a producer alongside John Logan. It's expected that production on City of Angels will begin in 2019, which means we could see the show back on the air in its new form in 2020, assuming all goes well. To go along with the announcement, the network released the first poster for the series, which you can check out via the Penny Dreadful Twitter account for yourself below.
Sometimes what’s dead doesn’t always remain.#PennyDreadful returns to @Showtime with Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Set in 1938 Los Angeles, this next chapter will explore a mix of the supernatural within a genuine historical backdrop infused with Mexican-American folklore. pic.twitter.com/2QzPnTPDTL— Penny Dreadful (@SHO_Penny) November 1, 2018