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Showtime Cancels Horror Drama ‘Penny Dreadful’

The Plan All Along Was to Air for Only Three Seasons

Showtime has opted against a fourth season of “Penny Dreadful.” The now final episode this past Sunday, titled “The Blessed Dark” and signing off with a title card reading, “The End,” saw Vanessa (Eva Green) voluntarily dying at Ethan’s (Josh Hartnett) hand in order to save the world. The plan all along, according to series creator John Logan, was to run for three seasons.

Debuting on May 11, 2014, the Victorian England-set “Penny Dreadful” drew upon many characters from 19th-century Irish and British fiction, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” and Dr. Henry Jekyll from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” A total of 27 episodes were produced.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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