If you’re one of “The Dreadfuls” then you know if there was any series that would find a way to rise from the dead, it was Showtime‘s Penny Dreadful – and you’d be right! The cable network has given the go-ahead for sequel series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, from Penny Dreadful creator/writer/executive producer John Logan – who will serve those same roles in the new series. Set to begin production in 2019, Kidding‘s Michael Aguilar is also on board to produce the project.
“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.”
– John Logan
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
Described as a spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the new series (or “chapter”) is being promoted as having a new vision, with new characters and storylines. Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is set in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, the series will “explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within 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. 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.”
– Gary Levine, President-Programming, Showtime Networks
Logan and Aguilar are set to executive produce Penny Dreadful: City of Angels alongside original series’ executive producers Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, both from Neal Street Productions; with James Bagley serving as co-executive producer.