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"Penny Dreadful" (Showtime)
Sure, it sounds like "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" at first, but word out of SXSW was surprisingly strong once people saw the pilot, and a show like this could help Showtime claw its way back into the cultural conversation that is so firmly dominated by HBO right now. John Logan's a smart guy, and I'm excited to see how he plays with the archetypes of this bygone era and how the show interprets Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and the rest of the oddball cast. Showtime must be somewhat confidence, considering they just made the pilot free via YouTube.
- Drew McWeeny