The Showtime drama PENNY DREADFUL has come to an end. Last night the network aired its shocking finale, which also marked the series finale of the popular show. Penny Dreadful was the work of creator, writer and executive producer John Logan, who released a thank-you message to fans following today’s announcements.
News of the show’s cancellation was announced today by Logan and David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. The series followed Vanessa Ives (Eva Green, in her Golden Globe-nominated role), Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) as they’ve worked together, at all costs, to vanquish the evil that relentlessly pursues them.
“I created PENNY DREADFUL to tell the story of a woman grappling with her faith, and with the demons inside her. For me the character of Vanessa Ives is the heart of this series,” said Logan. “From the beginning, I imagined her story would unfold over a three-season arc, ending with Vanessa finally – and triumphantly – finding peace as she returns to her faith. To have had fans that have embraced us so passionately has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my career. This has been a very personal project for me and I will be forever grateful to have worked with the incredible cast led by Eva, Josh and Tim, our amazing Irish crew, and with our wonderful partners at SHOWTIME and Sky.”
“John Logan deftly created a truly beautiful, brilliantly-written, epic drama series that has drawn a passionate fanbase to our network,” said Nevins. “After three fulfilling seasons, John has told the story he set out to tell and brought the series to a close in an incredibly poetic way. It has been an honor to work with him and this amazingly talented cast, and we’re thrilled that we can continue to work with John as he transitions to write and produce his next project for us, JUST KIDS, alongside Patti Smith. Together with our partners at Sky, we celebrate John’s vision and the thrilling finale of PENNY DREADFUL.”
Over its three seasons, PENNY DREADFUL developed an incredibly loyal fanbase, lovingly called “The Dreadfuls,” that have followed and rabidly commented on every twist and turn of the series. Logan has shared a special message addressed to the series’ fans:
In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famous characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light — came together in Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL, was created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator). The ensemble cast was led by Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill) and Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Casino Royale). Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn), Reeve Carney (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) also starred.
PENNY DREADFUL has been honored with three Primetime Emmy nominations and has won three BAFTA® Awards. Eva Green was recognized for her brilliant work as Vanessa Ives with Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award nominations. Patti LuPone and Helen McCrory also received Critics Choice Award nominations for their work in the series.
A co-production with SHOWTIME and Sky, PENNY DREADFUL was executive produced by John Logan for Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions, and Karen Richards (The Borgias). The series was shot on location in Dublin, Ireland.