Penny Dreadful Sequel Series, City of Angels, Announced

Los Angeles, CA – 1938.

Showtime has officially announced a sequel series to Penny Dreadful, called Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. John Logan will act as creator, writer and executive producer of City of Angels — he acted in those roles in the original Penny Dreadful series. Michael Aguilar will serve as executive producer, James Bagley as co-executive producer, and production is expected to begin sometime in 2019.

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City of Angels will act as a “spiritual descendant” of the story from Penny Dreadful that was set in Victorian-era London.

However, this show will begin in 1938 Los Angeles, CA and will infuse Mexican-American folklore and social tension. The story will be rooted in the conflict between characters associated with the deity Santa Muerte and others that are allied with the Devil. New occult myths and moral dilemmas will be created within what Showtime is describing as a genuine historical backdrop.

“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,” Showtime president of programming Gary Levine said. “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.

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“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,” said Logan. “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 lasted three seasons, ending in June 2016. Soon after, it was announced there would be no fourth season. During its tenure, it received 13 Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination for actress Eva Green and three BAFTA Awards.

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For more on Penny Dreadful, read our reviews of Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 of the show.

Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for IGN.

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