AFTERBUZZ TV — Penny Dreadful edition, is a weekly “after show” for fans of Showtimes’s Penny Dreadful. In this episode hosts Bobby DeMuro, Marisa Serafini, Sara Stretton, and Roxy Striar discuss episode 6. Penny Dreadful is a horror TV series created for Showtime by John Logan and executive produced by Logan and Sam Mendes. The show was originally pitched to several US and UK channels, and eventually landed with Showtime, with Sky Atlantic as co-producer. It premiered at the South by Southwest film festival on March 9 and began airing on television on April 28, 2014 on Showtime OnDemand.
The title refers to the penny dreadfuls, a type of 19th-century cheap British fiction publication with lurid and sensational subject matter. The series draws upon many public domain characters from 19th-century Irish and British fiction, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
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