Showtime Pulls the Plug on Acclaimed Drama Series — Here’s Why

Jun 21, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A drama series aired its final episode on Showtime over the weekend, wrapping up after a three-season run. The series is “Penny Dreadful,” a British-American horror show starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.

The show was well-received by critics and chalked up nemerous awards, including Most Exciting New Series at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in 2014

SPOILER ALERT for readers who have not yet seen the final episode. Sunday’s two-hour season three finale will stand as the series finale, after the episode included the shocking death of one of the main characters. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed notes that the episode concluded with a decisive “The End.”

“To hear series creator/showrunner John Logan tell it, the plan all along was for the series — featuring famed monster characters including Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from the ‘Dracula’ novel — to run three seasons,” THR reports.

The report quotes Showtime President David Nevins saying: “John has decided the show really, at its core, has always been Vanessa Ives. John has said three seasons is enough and I think it’s really interesting that we live in this world where every show can have its own rhythm and create its own destiny. This is a case of your creator says this is the best thing for the show and eventually you just say OK, do it, just do it well.”

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