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Cable TV is the place to be if you want some creepy crawly entertainment, and Showtime is no slouch when it comes to episodic drama. Its latest foray into the dark and weird is "Penny Dreadful," a series peppered with ghouls from horror stories of yore, and it's proven so popular that Showtime has already ordered a second season.

The network's prez David Nevins chalked the show's popularity up to several factors, including the freedom viewers have to watch the show on platforms like Showtime on Demand and Showtime Anytime.

Personally, it's our theory that you can never underestimate the power of Eva Green, whose plays sensual spiritualist Vanessa Ives. When she says, "Look into my eyes... Believe," well, we do what we're told. Green is a total gothic bombshell in real life as well as on screen, so it only makes sense for her to completely rock in a Victorian-era horror series. She even made the "300" sequel a little more interesting!

"Penny Dreadful" also stars Josh Hartnett as a brooding American with some serious sharp-shooting skills, Reeve Carney as the infamously hunky Dorian Gray, Timothy Dalton as an explorer whose latest quest involves his daughter Mina (as in Harker), and more. There are also some cool tie-ins to the show, like "Penny Dreadful" tarot cards and jewelry like the Gothic Matrimony necklace, inspired by Vanessa herself.

"Penny Dreadful" airs on Sunday nights on Showtime. Fans can also dip into Showtime's addictive production blog in between episodes.

[Via Deadline]

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Penny Dreadful
ShowtimeTVMAMay 9, 2014
Based on 14 critics

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