NEW YORK, NY â€“ (June 4, 2014)Â â€“ SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama seriesÂ PENNY DREADFUL, it was announced today by David Nevins, President,Â ShowtimeÂ Networks Inc. The network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series. Created, written and executive produced byÂ three-time OscarÂ®Â nomineeÂ John Logan,PENNY DREADFULÂ has been embraced by the networkâ€™s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. Â The series, which debuted to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the networkâ€™s No. 1Â watched new show ever onÂ SHOWTIME ON DEMANDÂ®Â and SHOWTIME ANYTIMEÂ®Â with overÂ 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green,Â PENNY DREADFULÂ will go into production, and will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 launch.
â€śPicking upÂ PENNY DREADFULÂ was one of the easiest decisions Iâ€™ve made,â€ť said Nevins. Â â€śThe 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. Â John Logan has deftly created an epic series that hasÂ drawnÂ 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 whatâ€™s in store for season two.â€ť
PENNY DREADFULâ€™sÂ series premiere was sampled early acrossÂ 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, surpassingÂ RAY DONOVANÂ andÂ MASTERS OF SEXâ€™s premieres by half a million viewers through the premiere week.
PENNY DREADFULÂ is not only a hit in the United States, but has also attracted an early global audience, debuting as the second-highest-rated launchÂ for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic, and also ranked as the second biggest programÂ of the week in pay TV homes for the premiere episodeÂ in the U.K. Additionally, the John Logan created world ofÂ PENNY DREADFULÂ has inspired unprecedented interest with a wide range of licensees. Â Special edition classic horror books boxed sets, castÂ action figures,Â and tarot cards, are among the early items hitting the marketplace.
The fifth episode of the series airing thisÂ Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PTÂ is not to be missed â€“ 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 Sundayâ€™s episode, SHOWTIME will air twoÂ PENNY DREADFULÂ marathons on Saturday, June 7th, before and after theÂ 10 p.m.Â television premiere ofÂ The Last Exorcism Part II. Episodes 101 through 104 ofÂ PENNY DREADFULÂ will air fromÂ 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Â and then again fromÂ 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.Â Viewers hoping to catch up on what theyâ€™ve missed so far can also watch the first four episodes on Â SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.Â For a sneak peek atÂ SundayÂ nightâ€™s episode, go to:Â s.sho.com/1mSeJ9D.
InÂ PENNY DREADFUL, some of literatureâ€™s most famous characters â€“ including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light â€“ have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series also stars Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Danny Sapani (The Bill) and Billie Piper (Doctor Who,Â Secret Diary of a Call Girl). PENNY DREADFULÂ is executive produced by John Loganâ€™s Desert Wolf Productions, along with OscarÂ winnerÂ Sam Mendes (American Beauty,Â Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road,Â Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Â A co-production with Sky Atlantic, episodes debut in the U.K. two weeks after their U.S. debut. For more information and video clips, please visitÂ www.penny-dreadful.com.
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