Penny Dreadful, the Victorian horror-thriller has been renewed for a second series by network Showtime.
Starring former James Bond, Timothy Dalton, Casino Royale’s Bond girl, Eva Green, Doctor Who’s Billie Piper and Hollywood’s Josh Hartnett, the atmospheric thriller is inspired by the likes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Grey.
Dalton’s character, explorer Malcolm Murray, and Green’s Vanessa Ives investigate a series of gruesome murders with a supernatural element.
Season two will air with 10 episodes, in 2015, two more episodes than the first series.
Watch the Penny Dreadful trailer here:
The show must be impressing audiences somewhere.
But what of those shows we loved that didn’t make the cut? Here are a few where producers pulled the plug:
The official line is that the show is going on an “indefinite hiatus.”
Star Bradley Walsh, who has played Ronnie Brooks since 2009, quit the show recently, prompting the decision to “rest” the series.
The eighth series was due to end its run on April 30, but the final episode was pulled due to similarities with the stabbing of teacher Ann Maguire in Leeds.
“There may well come a time when we revisit Law Order: UK,” said ITV’s director of drama commissioning Steve November. “For the moment we’ll be resting the series whilst we continue to refresh our drama slate.”
LawOrder:UK series eight trailer
It took them a while to make up their minds, but NBC finally decided that Jonathan Rhys Myers’ Count Von Dracula was going to bite the dust.
Aired on Sky Living in the UK, Myers’ Dracula was a revenge-driven horror, posing as an American entrepreneur in Victorian London.
Dracula series promo
The Tomorrow People:
A remake of the 1970s British sci-fi adventure was plodding along nicely on E4 all winter.
Perhaps it was too plodding?
The CW channel thought so, the team’s psionic powers just weren’t enough to save them.
Check out The Tomorrow People here:
Tucked away somewhere quietly on a digital channel in the UK, Community is one of those shows which people say: “Oh you have to watch it, it’s really good,” and has subsequently gained a cult following in its five years on screen.
But obviously not enough for NBC which axed the show, which is based in a local community college. It also stars comedy legend Chevy Chase.
Ah, well, there’s always the DVD.
See what you missed from Community here:
Well, we’re really disappointed by this one. The weird, misplaced teenage comedy was a little different, a bit more edgy and starred a very much older Elton from Clueless (Jeremy Sisto).
Sisto’s an unsure father, Jane Levy is Tessa his teenage daughter and both move to the boring suburbs from hip New York.
It’s funny and not too sure of itself which makes it more endearing than its brash stable-mates (2 Broke Girls, I’m looking at you.)
Check out Suburgatory
The American version of Gavin and Stacey hit the skids before the show even got any airtime.
Starring Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel and Parenthood’s Jason Ritter, Us and Them was ordered for a series by FOX in 2013, had filming postponed halfway through and split critics down the middle about whether it was any good or not.
Now it’s been shut down for good.
Ruth Jones and James Corden’s best work is not the first show to falter after a transatlantic trip, The IT Crowd, Dad’s Army, Steptoe and Son and Fawlty Towers all spluttered to a halt.
Just leave British comedy to the Brits, please.