“Penny Dreadful” Gets A Spin-off Series

Showtime has ordered a sequel series of the drama series “Penny Dreadful,” the premium cable network announced Thursday.

“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” is set in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. The show will feature characters that are connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, while overall exploring a mix of the supernatural and the reality of the time period.

“Penny Dreadful” creator, writer, and executive producer John Logan will return for “City of Angels” while Michael Aguilar joins as an executive producer. Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris of Neal Street Productions will also executive produce, with James Bagley co-executive producing. Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions will produce the series.

“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,” Logan said in a statement. “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.”

Production is expected to begin in 2019.

By: Maytinee Kramer