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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

A special thank you to John Wilson for bringing this to my attention.

The cable network Showtime announced back in November 2018 that it was developing a spin-off to its Steampunk series Penny Dreadful. Titled Penny Dreadful: Series of Angels more and more has been released about this new Dieselpunk series.

PD: COA is set in the same universe and timeline as the original but is relocated across the pond in Los Angeles of 1938. According to the official synopsis,

"When a murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is 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."

PD: COA is created by John Logan who created the original Penny Dreadful for Showtime. Logan’s writing credentials are impressive. He’s a three-time Academy Award nominee for Gladiator, The Aviator, and the Dieselpunk film Hugo. In addition, he wrote the Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, as well as Alien: Covenant and The Last Samurai.

In addition to the supernatural PD: COA will also explore various class and racial issues. According to Logan,

"Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the...London storylines.

We will now be grappling with specific historical and real-world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”

The cast includes Natalie Dormer (Game Of Thrones) as Magda, a demon who can take on the appearance of anyone she chooses, Daniel Zovatto (It Follows, Lady Bird and Don't Breathe) as Detective Tiago Vega and Nathan Lane (Birdcage and The Producers) as Lewis Michener, who is described as “a veteran officer in the LAPD.

While Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will be going into production this year no broadcast date has been announced.

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