Created and written by original series creator John Logan, Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels wasted very little time lighting the fuse on the powderkeg that is late-30's Los Angeles. Series opener "Santa Muerte" finds Det. Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) and Det. Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane) embroiled in a murder case that could shock the city to its core, one that's tied to the cult of Santa Muerte. Meanwhile, Vega's brother Raul (Adam Rodriguez) takes on Councilman Townsend (Michael Gladis) over the city (and state's) future: the construction of California's first freeway. Unfortunately for Vega, he finds himself facing off with his own blood as they stand on opposite sides of the law. While Maria's (Adriana Barraza) pleas to Santa Muerte (Lorenza Izzo) fall on deaf ears, her sister Madga (Natalie Dormer) is taking a much more "hands-on" approach to matters. As tensions rise and a protest turns deadly, a power vacuum opens up that looks to be filled by those peddling in hate as humanity's fate inches closer to the brink of annihilation.
In the above preview for next week's episode "Dead People Lie Down," Raul is in critical condition and hanging on by a thread, as his and Vega's brother Mateo (Johnathan Nieves) meets Fly Rico (Sebastian Chacon). Meanwhile, Tiago and Lewis's investigative trail takes them to the doorstep of radio evangelist Sister Molly Finnister (Kerry Bishé) and her mother, Miss Adelaide (Amy Madigan). Townsend looks to turn the city's growing divide to his political advantage, while Lewis steps up his efforts into investigating stateside Third Reich activities. In the clip below, Showtime gives viewers a tease of what's still to come as the war for all existence gets very ugly and very personal.
Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels also stars Jessica Garza, Johnathan Nieves, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Rory Kinnear, Kerry Bishé, Brent Spiner, Amy Madigan, John Logan, Adam Rodriguez, Thomas Kretschmann, Dominic Sherwood, Ethan Peck, and Lin Shaye. Logan and Michael Aguilar (Kidding) serve as executive producers, along with the Neal Street Productions' Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, the original series' executive producers. James Bagley will serve as co-executive producer, with Logan's Desert Wolf Productions producing. Paco Cabezas (American Gods, Deadly Class) is on board to direct the series premiere and possibly additional episodes.