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Showtime Greenlights a Second Season for Penny DreadfulIf you’re as big a fan of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” as we are, this news should make your day: The network has picked up a second season of the critically acclaimed series. Read on for more details!

From the Press Release:
As announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc., the network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series, which was created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan.

“PENNY DREADFUL” has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the network’s No. 1 watched new show ever on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME with over 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green, “PENNY DREADFUL” will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland, for a 2015 launch.

“Picking up ‘PENNY DREADFUL’ was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” said Nevins. “The series has had worldwide impact, drawing big, passionate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and more than any other show on our network has hit the bullseye with viewers who want to watch television in all the new ways that are available. John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans. We look forward to working once again with our partners at Sky Atlantic and are extremely excited for what’s in store for Season Two.”

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“PENNY DREADFUL’s” series premiere was sampled early across online, On Demand, and authenticated platforms; and the debut episode now ranks as the biggest sneak preview ever and the largest online streaming sampling ever for SHOWTIME, surpassing “Ray Donovan’s” and “Masters of Sex’s” premieres by half a million viewers through the premiere week.

“PENNY DREADFUL” is not only a hit in the United States but has also attracted an early global audience, debuting as the second-highest-rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic, and also ranked as the second biggest program of the week in pay TV homes for the premiere episode in the U.K. Additionally, the John Logan created world of “PENNY DREADFUL” has inspired unprecedented interest with a wide range of licensees. Special edition classic horror books boxed sets, cast action figures, and tarot cards are among the early items hitting the marketplace.

The fifth episode of the series airing this Sunday (June 8th) at 10 p.m. ET/PT is not to be missed – viewers will learn the shocking truth behind the bond that connects Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Vanessa (Eva Green), and Mina (Olivia Llewellyn). Leading up to this Sunday’s episode, SHOWTIME will air two “Penny Dreadful” marathons on Saturday, June 7th, before and after the 10 p.m. television premiere of The Last Exorcism Part II. Episodes 1.01 through 1.04 of “Penny Dreadful” will air from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then again from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Viewers hoping to catch up on what they’ve missed so far can also watch the first four episodes on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

Showtime Greenlights a Second Season for Penny Dreadful

A profoundly unsettling new saga, “Penny Dreadful” completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.

Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.

“Penny Dreadful” Episode 1.05 – “Closer Than Sisters” (airs 6/8/14)
Vanessa recalls her past and the events which ultimately lead to Mina’s disappearance.

For more info visit “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime, “like” “Penny Dreadful” on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

Don’t forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” store to receive 20% off all “Penny Dreadful” merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!





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