Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels has been canceled after only 1 season. It was created and written by John Logan who also worked on the original story. The series starred Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, and an arguably underused Nathan Lane. The series was a continuation of the original’s horror-tinged mythology, but with a 30’s Los Angeles twist. The show received good reviews from the critics as well. Due to some reasons, the series was unable to bind many viewers.
WHY IS THE SHOW CANCELLED?
The network explained that they had to cancel the show due to lower viewership. The sh0wrunners expressed their gratitude towards the creative team of the series, in a statement given by the streaming service while announcing the cancelation of the series. “We would like to thank executive producers John Logan, Michael Aguilar, and the entire cast and crew for their outstanding work on this project.” The first season finished airing back in late June after a decent conclusion to the show. It is still shocking that the show was able to gain enough appreciation even after airing during the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The show has however failed to come up with its second season because of lower viewership.
WAS THIS AN EXPECTED TURN FOR THE SERIES?
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels was one of the big-budget dramas especially in the horror genre that kicked off during the global pandemic. Unfortunately, the results came out in an unexpected way. The cancellation was not predictable considering the original series was a mega-hit.
The off-the-edge plot of the series about racial tensions and a Nazi conspiracy subplot was another reason why the series struggled for viewership. Its inability to stand out from its contemporaries is likely a factor that leads to the low audience. Hopefully, Showtime can make a return before other streaming services shut its way!