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I guess this is the only place to post this. Showtime has ordered a new installment of the drama series “Penny Dreadful.” “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” is set in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.

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On 1/5/2019 at 7:53 AM, numbnut said:

I guess this is the only place to post this. Showtime has ordered a new installment of the drama series “Penny Dreadful.” “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” is set in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.

I'm intrigued. I loved watching the first Penny Dreadful until they dropped the ball at the end. I love the idea of a Depression era setting combined with a little far urban fantasy. Could be fun. 

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7 hours ago, AuntieMame said:

I'm intrigued. I loved watching the first Penny Dreadful until they dropped the ball at the end. I love the idea of a Depression era setting combined with a little far urban fantasy. Could be fun. 

Totally agree about the ball drop. I hope the new show stars someone on the same level as Eva Green.

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On 1/5/2019 at 9:53 AM, numbnut said:

I guess this is the only place to post this. Showtime has ordered a new installment of the drama series “Penny Dreadful.” “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” is set in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.

Thanks for letting us know.

Thing is, 

Penny dreadfuls were cheap popular serial literature produced during the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. The pejorative term is roughly interchangeable with penny horrible, penny awful,[1] and penny blood.[2] The term typically referred to a story published in weekly parts, each costing one penny. The subject matter of these stories was typically sensational, focusing on the exploits of detectives, criminals, or supernatural entities. First published in the 1830s, penny dreadfuls featured characters such as Sweeney Todd, Dick Turpin and Varney the Vampire. The Guardian described penny dreadfuls as “Britain’s first taste of mass-produced popular culture for the young.”

To call a series set in 1938 Los Angeles "Penny Dreadful" is not only chronologically inappropriate but geographically as well.   The original series was indeed a "Penny Dreadful" and had all the right elements -- the most important of which (IMO anyway) was that the action took place in dreary old 19th-century England.   When they moved the action to the American southwest in Season 3 (and away from Eva Green), it was a terrible fail.   The series never recovered and the tail end of Season 3 felt hurried and half-assed.

Besides, all the classic monsters were located in Europe -- Frankenstein's creature, Dr. Jekyll, Dorian Gray, Dracula ...  I'm trying to think of fictional monsters associated with 1930s Los Angeles and having trouble naming even one.    The promise of "Mexican-American folklore" just isn't doing it for me.

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