Thursday, November 1, 2018

Showtime Orders 'Penny Dreadful' Spinoff 'City of Angels' from John Logan

Two years after airing its third and final season, Showtime is returning to the world of Penny Dreadful with a series order for a sequel series titled City of Angels. Production on the new drama will begin in 2019.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels opens 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 drama will explore a mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a historical backdrop. The series will feature all new characters and storylines.

Penny Dreadful creator John Logan will return as showrunner for the new series. He will executive produce with Michael Aguilar, Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris. James Bagley will serve as a co-executive producer. Desert Wolf Productions and Neal Street Productions will produce in association with Showtime.

"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."

"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," said Gary Levin, President of Programming, Showtime. "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."