“PENNY DREADFUL rediscovers some of the great myths of gothic fiction.” – Sam Mendes, Executive Producer, PENNY DREADFUL
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TORONTO (March 24, 2014) – Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula come to life in Showtime’s new original series PENNY DREADFUL, a frightening eight-episode psychological thriller created, written, and executive produced by three-time Academy® Award nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator), and executive produced by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). PENNY DREADFUL debuts Sunday, May 11 at 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central (Western Canada) and 10 p.m. ET on Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), day-and-date with Showtime in the U.S.
In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most terrifying characters - including Dracula, Dorian Gray, and Dr. Frankenstein and his creature - have become embroiled in Victorian London, lurking in the shadows. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) as Ethan Chandler, a charming, brash man of action; Eva Green (Casino Royale) as Vanessa Ives, a force to be reckoned with; Timothy Dalton (License to Kill) as Sir Malcolm, a hardened explorer on a personal quest; Reeve Carney (Snow Falling on Cedars) as the confident and mesmerizing Dorian Gray; Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) as Frankenstein’s monster “The Creature”; Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) as Dr. Victor Frankenstein; Billie Piper (DOCTOR WHO) as Brona Croft, an immigrant seeking to escape her dark past; and Danny Sapani (The Bill) as Sembene, a longtime ally of Sir Malcolm.
PENNY DREADFUL is created, written, and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, both of Neal Street Productions. Of the eight episodes, the first two are directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Academy Award-nominated performance.
In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and The Movie Network OnDemand.
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About Movie Central
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
About The Movie Network:
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest. All five multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service available in select areas across eastern Canada; and TMN OnLine, an Internet-based content streaming service. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca.
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For more information:
For Movie Central (Western Canada):
Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com
For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or Jessica.Charbonneau@bellmedia.ca