When the original Penny Dreadful finished its third season, fans thought that was the last of it. However, Showtime announced last year that we were getting another series. Today we finally got to see the first trailer for Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. It’s a spiritual sequel of sorts that moves the setting from Victorian-era London to Los Angeles, California in the year 1938. The new series will feature Mexican-American folklore that can be seen throughout the trailer.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will star Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Kerry Bishé, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Jessica Garza, and Johnathan Nieves. Show veteran Rory Kinnear also returns in a new role as a doctor this time around. The trailer itself really helps to show fans that this isn’t the same Gothic horror story we are used to. Instead it looks at two worlds infused with political and social tension through the eyes of Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatta) and Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane). And by the looks of her character, Natalie Dormer’s demon character is looking to stir trouble as she goes.

Showtime updated the show’s description to accompany the new trailer:

A spiritual descendant of the original Penny Dreadful story set in Victorian-era London, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension.

When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) and his partner Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane) become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.

As a fan of the original Penny Dreadful I was worried when the sequel was announced. Were we just getting another Gothic horror? If they chose another time would it fit the theme of the show? Would I like it just as much? Well, from what I’ve seen, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels looks terrific. While not being overly scary in the first trailer, it still holds onto the charm of the original. Not to mention, this isn’t in the hands of a newcomer. Original creator and showrunner John Logan is still at the helm.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels premieres on Sunday April 26, 2020 at 10pm EST on Showtime. If you haven’t watched the original series, you can do so using Showtime’s streaming service.



Julia Roth
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