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"Penny Dreadful" (TV show) on Showtime is a psychosexual horror series featuring some of literature's most iconic figures stepping into the light.

Some of the famously terrifying characters — including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel "Dracula" — become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation.

The cast includes Josh Hartnett ("Black Hawk Down"), as Ethan Chandler — a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London; Eva Green ("Casino Royale") as Vanessa Ives, a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger; and Timothy Dalton (James Bond in "The Living Daylights" and "License to Kill") as Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest.

Season 2

This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm, Dr. Frankenstein, and Sembene, unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray, the Creature and Brona are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa's past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole's powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.

Season 3

The third season follows Vanessa Ives as she turns to her alienist Dr. Seward for help in battling the evil forces she cannot seem to escape.

Season three includes a wealth of new and returning stars. Tony Award winner Patti LuPone ("American Horror Story"), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi ("Hell on Wheels," "A Million Ways to Die in the West") is a new series regular starring as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm.

Guest stars Sarah Greene (Hecate) and Simon Russell Beale (Ferdinand Lyle) return, along with new guest stars Shazad Latif ("The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Spooks") as Dr. Henry Jekyll; Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Christian Camargo ("Dexter," "The Hurt Locker") as zoologist Dr. Alexander Sweet; Sam Barnett ("2012," "Jupiter Ascending") as Dr. Seward's mysterious young secretary; Jessica Barden ("The Outcast," "Far from the Madding Crowd") as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily and Dorian Gray; and Perdita Weeks ("The Tudors"), as Catriona Hartdegan, a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural.

"Penny Dreadful" is produced by Neal Street Productions. The series was created and is written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Hugo," "The Aviator," "Gladiator") and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road") and Neal Street's Pippa Harris ("Revolutionary Road," "Call the Midwife").


Network: Showtime
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: April 28, 2014
Finale Date: June 19, 2016
Seasons: 3
Production Company: Neal Street Productions

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