"Penny Dreadful" (Showtime, Sundays). John Logan, the screenwriter of “Hugo,” “Skyfall,” “Gladiator” — and, just to confuse you, of the Tony-winning
"The Carbonaro Effect" (TruTV, Thursdays). A sweet-tempered cousin to A&E's somewhat nastier prank-magic series "Don't Trust Andrew Mayne." Personable actor-illusionist Michael Carbonaro expands his hidden-camera "Magic Clerk" segments from "The Tonight Show" into a series I approached with middling interest and left with admiring delight. Magic on television is a strange thing, to be sure, since TV has the power to fool us easily, showing only the pictures it wants us to see. But magicians do the same thing, after all — in a room with witnesses — and the great ones remain astounding even when you know the trick. Like with mathematical word problems, Carbonaro takes the bones of an illusion — the thing that comes out of the thing that couldn't possibly contain it, the card that moves from here to there, the man who goes into a box and returns from the back of the theater — and dresses them in common, real world, ordinary-business situations: a mail shop, a hotel lobby, a supermarket. Hilarity, amazement, baby chicks ensue.