Penny Dreadful
Eva Green and Patti LaPone star in "Penny Dreadful," (Showtime)

‘Penny Dreadful’ back May 1; new trailer

Showtime released a trailer for the upcoming third season of “Penny Dreadful.” The season will debut at 9 p.m. May 1, the network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

The psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by John Logan, mashes up legendary horror genre creatures with brand new characters for a frightening drama.

LuPone, who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. It is a series regular role. Wes Studi joins as a series regular as Kaetenay, an enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton).

The third season also adds Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll (Shazad Latif). Other guest stars include Christian Camargo as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; and Jessica Barden as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and Perdita Weeks as Catriona Hartdegan, a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural.

Returning cast members include Simon Russell Beale as Dr. Ferdinand Lyle, Rory Kinnear as The Creature, and Harry Treadaway as Dr. Frankenstein.

In other Showtime news…

  • The network set April 10 as the Season 5 premiere of “House of Lies.” The show’s cast and crew currently are filming in Havana, marking the first time an American scripted series has shot in the country since the 1950s.
  • “Shameless” has been renewed for a seventh season after its sixth season premiere on Sunday. The entire cast should be back, Showtime CEO David Nevins says.
  • The network has picked up the one-hour comedy series “I’m Dying Up Here.” Set in L.A.’s 1970s stand-up comedy scene. The series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone in front of an audience and make them laugh. From executive producer Jim Carrey, the show stars Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino.
  • The next season of “Homeland” will be set in New York City.
  • The network released this first look at Spike Lee’s doc “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall,” which will debut at 8 p.m. Feb. 5.