Meet Dorian Grey and Brona Croft in Exclusive New Clip from Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL

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Though the television landscape has certainly gotten darker over the past few years, Showtime is looking to push the boundaries even further with its upcoming drama series Penny Dreadful.  From executive producers John Logan and Sam Mendes (Skyfall), the show takes place in Victorian London and finds some of literature’s most terrifying characters crossing paths.  Ahead of its debut, we here at Collider have been provided with an exclusive Penny Dreadful clip to share with our readers.  In the clip, we’re introduced to Dorian Grey (played by Reeve Carney) and Irish immigrant/prostitute Brona Croft (Billie Piper), as the actors discuss how their characters fit into the series.

Hit the jump to watch the Penny Dreadful clip.  The show also stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadway, and Danny SapaniPenny Dreadful premieres on Showtime Sunday, May 11th.

Showtime Renews HOUSE OF LIES and SHAMELESS for New Seasons

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Showtime has ordered new seasons of two of its original series.  The comedy Shameless will return for a 12-episode fifth season next year, continuing the adventures of Frank Gallagher’s (William H. Macy) dysfunctional family.  The show is currently in its fourth season, airing on Sunday nights on the pay-cable network.  Additionally, Showtime has also ordered a 12-episode fourth season of the comedic drama series House of Lies.  The show stars Don Cheadle as en elite consultant, with Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Lawson rounding out the supporting cast.  Season three of House of Lies is also currently airing on Showtime.

Hit the jump to read the full press release.

John Logan Talks PENNY DREADFUL, Exploring Sexuality, and Planning the Series Well into the Future

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From show creator/executive producer/writer John Logan, the new Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful (premiering on May 11th) is a psychological horror series set in Victorian England that re-imagines literature’s most terrifying characters in a whole new light.  The groundbreaking vision of this world and the individuals who inhabit it promises to redefine the genre.  The show stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and Billie Piper.

During the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, John Logan talked about the genesis of this project, how sexuality will be explored, the process they went through for finding the look of these characters, how the characters will weave together, which creature was the most fun for him to write, and how he’s envisioned this story well into the future.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Showtime President David Nevins Talks PENNY DREADFUL, HOMELAND Season 4, THE AFFAIR, HAPPYISH, and Why They Didn’t Pickup THE VATICAN

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Showtime, Entertainment President David Nevins took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up.  During the interview, he talked about how far into production their new horror series Penny Dreadful (from screenwriter John Logan) is in Ireland, what viewers can expect from their newest series, The Affair (with Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Josh Jackson and Happyish (with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans), what fans can expect from Season 4 of Homeland, the criticism of Season 3, and what led to The Vatican not getting picked up.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Showtime Sets Premiere Dates for CALIFORNICATION, NURSE JACKIE, & PENNY DREADFUL; Orders THE AFFAIR and HAPPYISH to Series

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Showtime has made a few announcements during the network’s TCA panel.  Briefly:

  • The sixth season of Nurse Jackie will premiere Sunday, April 13th at 9pm ET followed by the seventh and final season of Californication at 9:30pm and the docu-series Years of Living Dangerously at 10pm.
  • The new psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful will premiere Sunday, May 11th at 10pm ET.  Click here to watch the new trailer.
  • Showtime has added two new original series to its lineup with full series orders.  The one-hour drama The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson has been given a 10-episode order, and the half-hour comedy series Happyish starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn has also been given a 10-episode order.

Hit the jump to check out the first images from the two new series and for more info on the upcoming shows.

New Trailer for Showtime Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL Starring Eva Green and Josh Hartnett

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Showtime unveiled a first look at its upcoming psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful earlier today at the TCA’s, and the network has released a sneak peek online for all to see.  From executive producers John Logan (Skyfall) and Sam Mendes, the show takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula.  There are plenty of genre-leaning properties on television right now, but Penny Dreadful looks to be pushing things fully into the horror genre with the added benefit of being on pay cable.  This trailer is creepy and a tad disturbing, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out in a few months.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The show stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, and Timothy DaltonPenny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime May 11th.

First Look at Eva Green and Josh Hartnett in Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL; Plus Creepy New Trailer

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Showtime has unveiled the first image from the upcoming “psychosexual horror series” Penny Dreadful.  Created by Skyfall scribe John Logan and executive produced by Sam Mendes, the show takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula.  This first look image gives us a peek at stars Josh Hartnett and Eva Green as an American sharpshooter and a mysterious woman, respectively, with James Bond himself Timothy Dalton standing in the background.  Moreover, a very creepy new trailer shows off the kind of disturbing tone that we might expect when the series airs.

Hit the jump to check out the image and trailer.  Penny Dreadful will premiere this spring on Showtime.

Teaser Trailer for New Showtime Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL Starring Eva Green

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While Homeland just wrapped its third season this past Sunday, Showtime is taking this opportunity to tease one of its new drama series on tap for 2014: Penny Dreadful.  Created and written by Skyfall screenwriter John Logan and executive produced by filmmaker Sam Mendes, the psychosexual horror series takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula.  Though this teaser is very light on footage, it gives us a nice idea of the show’s tone and visual style.  Production is currently underway on the 8-episode first season, with Juan Antonion Bayona (The Orphanage) directing the first two episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser, titled “We All Have Our Demons”.  The series stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway, Billie Piper, and Danny SapaniPenny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime in spring 2014.

Ridley Scott’s THE VATICAN Pilot Dead at Showtime

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It appears that Ridley Scott’s first foray into television as a director won’t actually be making it to television.  The filmmaker signed on to helm the pilot for the potential Showtime series The Vatican last year with Kyle Chandler in the lead role, but the network has decided not to move forward with the show.  Described as a contemporary thriller, the aim of the series was to explore spirituality, power, and politics against the backdrop of the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church.  THR reports that the expensive pilot did not turn out well, and difficulties with showrunner Paul Attanasio—including failure to meet deadlines and clashing with colleagues—led to his exit once they wrapped.  Hit the jump for more.

Showtime Cancels CALIFORNICATION; Upcoming Seventh Season Will Be the Last

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Californication will be no more.  Showtime announced today that it has decided not to renew the David Duchovny-fronted comedic drama series, which first debuted in 2007.  The upcoming seventh season will act as the show’s last, and while the past few seasons have debuted in January, season seven will instead bow in April.  The story follows the exploits of a sex-obsessed writer attempting to balance his libido, career, and relationships with his ex-girlfriend and daughter.  Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding the cancelation and to check out a first look image from the seventh season.

Showtime Renews HOMELAND and MASTERS OF SEX

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In a surprise to no one, Showtime has just announced that they are renewing their award-winning CIA drama Homeland for a fourth season, and freshman historical drama Masters of Sex for a second.  According to the premium network, Homeland‘s weekly views this year are hovering around 6.5 million, while Masters of Sex has been pulling 5.4 million (a huge jump on Homeland‘s first season numbers, due largely in part probably because of Homeland‘s lead-in, as well as Lizzy Caplan and the word “sex”).  Hit the jump for more on the two series.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Benefit Concert to Air on Showtime December 13th

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Though the news of a celebration concert for Inside Llewyn Davis was certainly exciting, it came with a fair amount of disappointment to those that would be unable to attend the one night only concert in NYC.  Now a saving grace has appeared, as Showtime has announced that it will air the benefit concert “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” on December 13th for those that can’t be in attendance.  Produced by writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen, legendary music producer T Bone Burnett, and producer Scott Rudin, the concert benefits the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

The sure-to-be-fantastic event will feature performances by The Avett BrothersMarcus Mumford, Jack WhiteConor OberstPatti SmithColin MeloyMilk Carton Kids, and many more, including Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar IsaacCarey MulliganJohn Goodman, and Stark Sands.  The concert takes place on September 29th and Inside Llewyn Davis opens in theaters on December 6th.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Watch: DEXTER Retrospective Revisits 8 Seasons of Murder Ahead of Series Finale

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Showtime’s Dexter finally comes to an end this Sunday with the show’s long-overdue series finale, and to mark the event Showtime has a released a pretty great retrospective video that runs down the past eight seasons of serial killer goodness.  The show has been a bit of a slog over the last few years—season six was damn-near unwatchable—but this video is a nice reminder of just how good Dexter can be when it’s firing on all cylinders.  It’s also a swell showcase of the consistently great work that Michael C. Hall has done in the title role.

Hit the jump to take a stroll down memory lane.  The Dexter series finale airs on Showtime this coming Sunday, September 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Fite Nite”

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As Ron Burgandy might say, Ray Donovan this week “escalated quickly.”  After weeks of slow build up regarding a number of things, they all came crashing to earth in “Fite Nite.”  The tables were turned on Ray, and we got an answer to the question about Mickey’s future.  Ray bringing in Sully was always going to be a mistake, but how exactly that would happen remained to be seen, until tonight.  “Fite Nite” narrowed its focus to just the Donovan family, and what might be their last night all together.  Hit the jump for more.

Pledge Allegiance with 4 New Posters for HOMELAND Season Three

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Showtime has released four new posters for the upcoming third season of Homeland, and I cannot wait to catch up with Carrie, Brody, and Saul next month.  Sure season two had its ups and downs, but what I love about Homeland is that the show just goes for it; stories that you would expect to play out over the course of an entire season climax after just a few episodes, and stellar performances by Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, and even Morgan Saylor sell the nuttiness that ensues.

Hit the jump to check out four new posters for the season, and if you missed it click here to watch the excellent debut trailer.  Season three of Homeland premieres on Showtime Sunday, September 29th.

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