The three-time Oscar nominee saw that first iteration of his Showtime series—which concluded in 2016 after three seasons—as a “beautifully complete sonnet” for Eva Green’s Vanessa Ives. “Very shortly after that, Showtime was asking, ‘Would you ever reconsider doing more,” Logan tells EW. “And I said, ‘No. I’ve done that story, I’ve done gothic horror with literary characters. But if there’s anything else that ever occurs to me, I’ll get in touch.’” Then, he says, something happened: “The world changed with such a seismic crash everywhere around us.”
More specifically, Logan points to “the worldwide resurgence of political extremism, atavistic nationalism, dangerous demagoguery, and the vehement racism and antisemitism,” with Penny Dreadful: City of Angels as his response to it.
To understand the present, the show’s writer-creator goes back to 1938 L.A. during the construction of the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Logan chuckles at the thought that “this may be the first television show in history about the building of the freeway.” This new series is built around Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto of HBO’s Here and Now), whose family is displaced by the freeway’s construction; he serves as the first Chicano LAPD detective, working to solve a grisly murder with his mentor, Officer Michener (Nathan Lane). (READ MORE HERE)