Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful' is more in line with Alan Moore's 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' comic (and feature film). The series will be set in Victorian London and feature a slew of classic monsters, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula. The series will also feature an Allan Quartermain-like character, which will be played by Timothy Dalton. Dalton will play "a hardened African explorer," which I guess means "hunter," similar to Quartermain. Eva Green will be the series lead and appears to be a "Mina Harker"-like character. Josh Hartnett co-stars as Ethan Chandler, a "charming, dash, man of action." Otherwise known as Tom Sawyer (again, similar to 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).
Besides the obvious similarities from 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,' 'Penny Dreadful' seems to have a good cast and a solid production team. John Logan of 'Hugo' and 'Skyfall' wrote the pilot and serves as an executive producer, alongside director Sam Mendes. 'Penny Dreadful' premieres on Showtime on May 11, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Please note that it is not a show for the kiddies. I'm hoping that the show will be more like 'Game of Thrones' and less like 'True Blood.' Teaser below.