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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Sundays, 10/9c, Showtime

WHERE ARE THE monsters, you might wonder, if you come to the new incarnation of this atmospheric occult series expecting more of the Victorian Grand Guignol of Penny Dreadful’s intoxicating first three seasons. I loved creator John Logan’s literate mashup of the Frankenstein myth with vampires, werewolves and Dr. Jekyll, but in his City of Angels spinoff, he’s moved on to the Hollywood genre of 1930s film noir.

The ghouls in this dark fable are corrupt’ Natalie Dormer, having a ball in multiple seductive roles), who takes on various guises as she mischievously goads pathetic human puppets to do her malicious bidding and start a race war.

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