Showtime's monsters will mash again next year. The channel announced on Wednesday that it had renewed "Penny Dreadful" for a second season.
The series, which stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, features a mix of Victorian-era creatures and characters and is midway through its eight-episode first season. It has been given an expanded 10-episode order for Season 2.
Though the traditional ratings for the first four episodes have not been amazing, the show has really found its audience through On Demand and streaming. The first episode was sneaked online early through On Demand and on YouTube and became the biggest sneak preview and online streaming sample ever for Showtime. The first episode has now been seen by 3.6 million people through Showtime On Demand and the streaming Showtime Anytime. The series now averages nearly 5 million weekly viewers across its various platforms.
Screenwriter John Logan created the series and is writing every episode, which imagines a world in which vampires, Frankenstein's monster, Dorian Gray, werewolves and other monsters walk the streets of London.
In his review, Times TV critic Robert Lloyd called the show "darkly sublime."
Production on the second season will resume later this year in Dublin, Ireland and Season 2 is expected to premiere in 2015.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times