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Do you like monsters? What about Timothy Dalton? Eva Green? Josh Hartnett? If you answered yes to—or even shrugged at—any of those questions, it's probably worth your time to check out the creepy new trailer for Showtime's upcoming horror series Penny Dreadful. It's only 50 seconds long, so it's not like it'll take up that much of your day anyway.

The "psychologically frightening" series from Academy Award-nominee John Logan (Hugo) premieres Sunday, May 11 and stars the aforementioned trio of actors, as well as Billie Piper (Doctor Who), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), and Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). It covers the origin stories of several historical figures in literary fiction, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and a few characters from the novel Dracula as they're swept up in all sorts of Victorian England shenanigans. However, the series is also "very human" according to Green, who appeared at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour this week to discuss the show. She also claims the series is not scary just for the sake of being scary, but I think she's lying, because, as you'll see in the trailer, there are several characters moving in ways that can only be described as "spider-y." Caaahhhh-reeeeepy.



Based on this trailer, are you planning to check out Penny Dreadful?


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AIRED ON 6/19/2016

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I cannot wait to watch this show!!!!

Linda
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OMG yes I will be watching this show!!!!
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I will definitely give this show a try.
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Another show that looks decent, but will be stained by the seemingly obligatory nudity and sex scenes on these certain channels. And what a surprise - a regular sex scene is not enough anymore, so they need orgies or threesomes. Two guys, yet the only full nudity you see will be the female.

Eva Green is also a poor choice.
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it would be surprising if they didn't have at least some nudity & sex scenes; I'm sure they will, but the bottom line is, you really don't have any idea whatsoever at this point of how much sex & nudity the show is actually going to contain any more than the rest of us do.
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That is a yummy cast. I kees you, I love you, I kees you! Mwuah!
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I am glad this is a trailer that everyone in the world can watch. The 2 main leads are enough for me to give it a chance.
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You had me at Eva Green, you sold it even further with Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton. The trailer could have shown them setting around in office chairs lighting their farts on fire and I'd still be just as excited to check this out.
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They had me with Eva Green. MMM mmmm MMM. She was the only good thing about Camelot. The one on Starz that had that horrible whiney actor that played King Arthur.
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Unfortunately they kind of lost me with Josh Hartnett. I will definitely watch though.
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You have an excellent point. But this looks like the type of show where his ability to squint and tilt his head in order to appear to think really hard about something might be ok. He wasn't bad in 40 days of Night.
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I think you're completely neglecting Joseph Fiennes, the other half of the only good thing about Camelot, but yeah, she was absolutely amazing in that bastardization of Arthurian legends.
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Fiennes was great as Merlin.
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Ooooh...Eva Green. She is on my Top-3 Favourite Actresses List, she might even be number one. I have to watch this show because of her.

I just wish she would pick roles that would put her on a track toward awards, because she is surely the kind of actress who could pull off an Oscar worthy performance. She also doesn't work that much; since 2003 when she began working she has only gotten 17 credits to her name. More roles would gain her more attention.
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I often try most shows, but I don't think I'll be trying this one. A big part of it is that I'm generally not a fan of the horror genre, but this trailer looked pretty darn stupid to me.
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Vampires? Again?
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I'll at least watch the pilot
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I was looking forward to this when it was announced, but I'm not sure now. Seems like it's going to be overly serious, extra creepy, and a bit of a chore to watch. I hope I'm wrong, though.
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looks promising, so yes
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While I'd prefer Eva Green to be on Starz, I'll always give a series like this a try. Could be a lot of fun. New old monsters can be good monsters.
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Why would it matter if she's on Starz? Both networks are premium cable channels. Plus, the last Starz show she was on was complete garbage.
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I'd assume he's referring to nudity. Showtime allows some, but generally not as much as Starz, I think. Or maybe he works for Starz, *shrugs*
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I work for 'here', so technically I'm in bed with Showtime. I was referencing Camelot, the last show she was on in Starz, and you're both right... I thought it was better than 'boobs!', but maybe not...

She'll always be Vesper to me anyway.
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Not big fan of Timothy Dalton but the rest sounds good.
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woot. (on multiple levels)
that is all
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This seems like it could be cool. But, unless I'm mistaken, this would be showtime's first foray into genre television, at least in recent memory. (That being said, I'm no TV wizkid.) I always go into a show with a bit of unease when it seems outside of what a network has established for itself. I'm a big fan of networks evolving (look what happend to the teen drama CW), but this seems like a (ahem) supernatural leap for showtime. Hope it works out for them, and more importantly, for us.
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I had similar thoughts, but I think I might be more optimistic than you. HBO had to start somewhere with the genre television, with Carnivale, I believe, and now look where they are. Here's hoping Penny Dreadful is the start of more similarly themed shows on the network.
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Good point. And Carnivale is one of those shows that I will forever mourn the loss of.
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Well, Unless I'm mistaken myself, I believe Bryan Fuller's "Dead Like Me" was Showtime's genre cherry-popper. This one though looks like it won't touch comedy with a ten ft. pole (unlike DLM, it might poke at it with a stick on occasion just to see if it moves, but I don't think it will)
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Wow, can't believe I forgot about Dead Like Me. I think this is the point where I sit in the corner and submit to some self inflicted corporal punishment.
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comedy, that is
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Yes.
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Good point.
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