Wednesday 28 September 2016

Bad news for Penny Dreadful fans as the show ends with surprise cancellation

Sasha Brady

Published 21/06/2016 | 12:20

Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 1,episode 4). - Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: PennyDreadful_104_0890
Actors wait to film Penny Dreadful on Bellevue Street next to the Guinness factory in Dublin
Shooting of Penny Dreadful on Bully Alley, Dublin 8.

Bad news for Penny Dreadful fans as it's revealed the show has ended after three seasons.

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The crtically-acclaimed Penny Dreadful ended it's three-season run on Sunday night with a surprise series finale - a move that's sent shockwaves through the shows loyal fan base.

The gothic drama, starring Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton, will come to an end with a “jaw-dropping” double bill on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday.

Commissioned by Sky and US network Showtime, the series centres around literary characters including Oscar Wilde's creation Dorian Grey and Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein.

Actors wait to film Penny Dreadful on Bellevue Street next to the Guinness factory in Dublin
Actors wait to film Penny Dreadful on Bellevue Street next to the Guinness factory in Dublin

It's a cult hit on either side of the Atlantic and the Dublin-shot horror was worth €33m to the Irish economy with the first series alone.

Showtime president David Nevins and creator John Logan confirmed the show's cancellation in a series of interviews that were published this morning.

"I knew well before David did, which is sort of midway through the second season, so two years ago," said Logan to Entertainment Weekly.

"Penny Dreadful is about... a woman's journey of faith — a deeply religious woman who loses her God and then finds him again. I realised that's where the third season was going to head. It was going to head to Vanessa [Ives, played by Eva Green] sacrificing herself and reuniting with God."

Shooting of Penny Dreadful on Bully Alley, Dublin 8.
Shooting of Penny Dreadful on Bully Alley, Dublin 8.

Nevins said he believes the decision to end the show was the right one.

"John convinced me that this was the right end, and the right time to end," said Nevins to Variety. "It gives closure to Vanessa Ives, and without Vanessa Ives, the show shouldn't go on."

"Eva Green really is my muse, and I set out to write a story about a very complicated character that I love deeply," said Logan to Variety. "I'm deeply invested in that character... that became the show for me. To continue it past Vanessa's death would be, for me, an act of bad faith."

The drama centres around literary characters including Oscar Wilde's creation Dorian Grey and Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein.

Josh Hartnett in Penny Dreadful
Josh Hartnett in Penny Dreadful

Irish audiences will see the final series play out on Sky Atlantic with a double bill this week.

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