Penny Dreadful to premiere May 11, on Showtime
Showtime have announced a premiere day for their Gothic horror mini-series Penny Dreadful. It will first premiere at the South by Southwest festival on March 9, and then come to television on May 11th. The cast list is truly impressive: Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale…
Combining several myths of 18th- and 19th-century Gothic horror, Penny Dreadful will follow a cast of touched by the super- and preternatural through Victorian London and into the dark recesses of their souls.
The link above will take you to the official website on Showtime’s domain, but there’s also a branded site, accessible via http://www.penny-dreadful.com.
Based on the kick-ass Coen brothers movie of the same name, the series will follow Martin Freeman’s Lester Nygaard through a murderous chain of events.
Also starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, and Kate Walsh. Sadly, the piece seems to be light on top-billing ladies, contrary to the original movie, in which the brilliant Frances McDormand played Marge, the seven-months pregnant police chief that breaks the case.
However, the Coen brothers are acting as executive producers, so I’m still looking forward to this series rather a lot. The series was written by Noah Hawley and directed by Matthew J. Lloyd, the original music was composed by Jeff Russo.
So, mark your calendars: April 15th, on the FX.
Previously on Almost Human: Beholder.
Even as this episode sets itself for what could have been a glorious exploration of how Dorian or DRNs in general feel, all it achieves is over-accentuating the other guy’s man pain. This could have been such a great episode about Dorian and John fighting to keep Dorian in the field, it could have been such a great opportunity to actually show us the way Dorian has been dealing with things, it could have been a story full of interpretation and debate on the concept of free will in DRNs and the Synthetic Soul, in the case of one such character being portrayed by the fantastic Michael Ealy.
Instead, what we got is the glorious story about the redemption and absolution of another pair of white guys. We get a case story line that makes no sense whatsoever, seems cobbled together on account of us never having heard of that particular shade of John’s terrible, terrible pain before, and that only serves to illustrate how great of a cop John’s dad was. Continue reading
Previously on Elementary: Corpse de Ballet.
In this episode, you get to watch the writers and cast have a lot of fun as they get as many ‘cocks’ past the censors as humanly possible. Continue reading
After the dramatic tribulations of the Series 2 finale, we dive right back into the action in a new series of Silk.
The show returns with a punch in the gut or two — and some definite surprises. I must admit, the feeling of seeing your OTP become canon is a foreign one these days. Perhaps that is part of the reason why I was so stumped to hear Clive profess his love for Martha at the party celebrating him making Queen’s Counsel. But mostly, I’m a bit miffed. Granted, that sounds contradictory — but shipping a pairing doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have reasons for preferring a romance not blossoming on the screen.
Previously on Almost Human: Disrupt.
It’s a long story.
And I want to hear that story. Stop underwriting Stahl! Seriously, it’s such a shame. This show is wasting numerous opportunities. It’s all well and good to tease at a character’s backstory, and to reveal it slowly, but it’s a bad idea when it could replace an otherwise mediocre and lacklustre storyline. Or, more importantly, John’s manpain. Continue reading
In this review countdown, I will blog about one of my favourite scenes from each episode of Season 1 of the NBC drama Hannibal, until the show returns on February 28, 2014.
“How do you see the Ripper?”
“I see him as one of those pitiful thing sometimes born in hospitals. They feed it, keep it warm, but they don’t put it on the machines. They let it die. But he doesn’t die. He looks normal. Nobody can tell what he is.”
That’s because Hannibal is “wearing a very well-tailored person suit.” A “human veil.” That’s why no-one suspects Hannibal, that’s why Alana’s doubts about Abigail don’t extend to Hannibal, that’s why the betrayal will hurt so very badly. Will is relying on this man for his mental health and safety, and that same man is slowly but steadily taking it away from him. Continue reading
For the first time, I’ve rallied ’round to finally putting some of those fanvid ideas into action — or, rather, into iMovie. My very own! Let me know what you think.
Previously on Almost Human: Perception.
Bless whoever made the executive decision to put Karl Urban into a nicely popped-collared leather jacket and lots of eyeliner. Bless.
Oh, and: Kiwi accent! Goodness me. Continue reading
Starring Maxine Peake, Phil Davis, and Rupert Penry-Jones, Silk returns for its third series in a week. After the Series 2 finale saw Martha being made QC, the nerve-wracking trial against Jody Farr, and the revelation of Billy’s cancer diagnosis — what’s this show going to have in store for us next?