Sad news for Penny Dreadful fans, the spinoff series will not be returning for a second season.
The news came as a surprise for series creator John Logan, who only two months ago spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his ideas for the second season, “When I started the show it was Donald Trump, it was Brexit, it was ‘Build the Wall,’ it was the demonization of Mexican Americans — particularly as it relates to Los Angeles history. Now, things are so extreme and the schisms in the country are so pronounced that I think the show has to reflect that in a way. I think the gloves have to come off.”
But just like his original series which was cancelled after the third season back in 2016, this cancellation also came unexpectedly.
In Showtime’s announcement they said, “Showtime has decided not to move forward with another season of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. We would like to thank executive producers John Logan, Michael Aguilar and the entire cast and crew for their outstanding work on this project.”
The spinoff series City of Angels, starred Natalie Dormer and was set in 1930’s Los Angeles. It focused less on the European folktales and instead centered around Mexican folklore. Its story revolved around a conflict between the deity Santa Muerte and her demonic sister, Magda (Dormer). While two detectives (Daniel Zovatto and Nathan Lane) investigate a murder case while grappling with racial tensions, Nazi conspiracies and the threat of what would be World War II.
This isn’t the network’s only loss as of late. In addition to the end of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, the network cancelled Jim Carrey’s Kidding after two seasons, and Ray Donovan after seven seasons. It said goodbye to Homeland as the series ended its run earlier this year, and is in the middle of saying goodbye to another one of its longest-running series Shameless.