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‘Penny Dreadful’ Preview: A Divine Gift, and a Dreadful Curse (Exclusive Video)

The pains of being different

“To be different: Is that not a divine gift?” asks one of the lead characters in the latest trailer for Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful.”

“Is that not a dreadful curse?” replies another.

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The characters in the Showtime Victorian monster drama are Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney), a libertine who seemingly doesn’t age, and Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), who is looking for her own way to cheat death. They join an assembly of characters, both new and plucked from Victorian, who occupy 1891 London.

The trailer plays up the romantic elements of the show, including Grey and Ives’ first meeting. But the first episode, premiering Sunday, also has plenty of nocturnal murders and vampires, if that’s more your thing.

Watch the video: