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Showtime Renews 'Shameless', Picks Up 'Happyish', Announces Premiere Dates For 'Nurse Jackie' & 'Penny Dreadful'

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Today was a big day for the Showtime network as they gave their presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

First, David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. announced that Shameless has been renewed for a 12 episode sixth season with production due to begin later this year. The hit series is Showtime's highest rated comedy and just kicked off its fifth season this past Sunday.

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Showtime Releases 'Penny Dreadful' Season 2 Teaser

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Season 1 of Showtime's Penny Dreadful was definitely a hit for the network. The series debuted with 1.43 million viewers across the entire night and was renewed shortly after it's strong premiere. The finale of the series drew 1.27 million viewers total for the night.

The series is currently in production in Dublin, Ireland and will consist of ten episodes for the second season instead of eight that made up Season 1. The show is set to return sometime in 2015.

Returning for the second season will be Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale. New cast members for Season 2 will include Sarah Greene, Jonny Beauchamp, Douglas Hodge and Patti Lupone.

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Patti Lupone To Guest Star On Season 2 Of 'Penny Dreadful'; Two Cast Members Upped To Series Regulars

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Two-time Tony® Award winner and Emmy® nominee Patti LuPone (American Horror Story, Life Goes On, Evita, Gypsy) is signing on as a guest star on the second season of the hit SHOWTIME drama series PENNY DREADFUL. The stage legend will play a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s (Eva Green) past.

In addition, award-winning British actors Helen McCrory (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, As You Like It, Medea), and Simon Russell Beale (MI-5, Uncle Vanya, King Lear) have been upped to series regulars. McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Production on the second season’s 10 episodes, written by John Logan, will begin in September in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 debut on the network.

Cast members McCrory and Beale will be joined by a wealth of new guest stars this season. In addition to LuPone, Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge (La Cages aux Folles, Robin Hood) signs on as Bartholomew Rusk, an intense Scotland Yard investigator on the hunt to discover who is responsible for the terrible murders that have been plaguing London. Sarah Greene (The Guard, Vikings) will play Hecate, Poole’s powerful daughter and Jonny Beauchamp (How To Make It In America, Stonewall) will portray a young man with a singular past.

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Showtime Renews 'Penny Dreadful' For Second Season

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SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series PENNY DREADFUL, it was announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. The network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, PENNY DREADFUL has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the network’s No. 1 watched new show ever on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® with over 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, PENNY DREADFUL will go into production, and will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 launch.

“Picking up PENNY DREADFUL was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” said Nevins. “The series has had worldwide impact, drawing big, passionate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, and more than any other show on our network has hit the bullseye with viewers who want to watch television in all the new ways that are available. John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans. We look forward to working once again with our partners at Sky Atlantic and are extremely excited for what’s in store for season two.”

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