Showtime’s dramatic horror hit, “Penny Dreadful,” has just been renewed for a third season. Season 3 will consist of nine episodes – a slightly shorter run than season two’s ten episodes – and is set to begin filming this fall. Showtime likely aims to follow the model of its previous production schedule for “Penny Dreadful,” meaning that production will start in the fall of 2015 in time for a May 2016 release.
The series, created by John Logan and Sam Mendes, premiered on Showtime in May 2014, and is currently nearing the end of its second season. “Penny Dreadful” has been generally well-received since its debut, and has remained one of Showtime’s more popular dramas through its yearlong run.
“Penny Dreadful,” starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Josh Harnett, Billie Piper and Eva Green, is a horror-based drama based on the backstories of nineteenth-century monsters of English fiction, including Frankenstein’s monster and Dorian Gray. Its intensity and character-driven intricacies have made it a fan-favorite already, and have jacked up its ratings on every platform from cable television to Showtime’s streaming platforms; however, to countless viewers’ chagrin, it is not currently available for Netflix binge-watching.
While little has been released regarding the particular contents and plot lines of season 3, at least Green and Hartnett are confirmed to be reprising their roles (as Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler, respectively) and viewers can expect the same horror-tinged action and suspense that has come to define “Penny Dreadful” during its first two seasons.
Season 2 of “Penny Dreadful” is currently wrapping up, and is set to end airing by the time season 3 begins production this fall. The last three episodes of season 2 will air Sundays at 10 PM on Showtime, with the season finale airing on July 5.