Fargo and Penny Dreadful SoHo-Bound

Sky’s premium drama channel SoHo soon will screen highly anticipated newcomers Fargo and Penny Dreadful (above).

Fargo will play 9.30 Wednesdays from May 7, three weeks after it goes to air in the US.

The 10-part FX (Sons of Anarchy) adaptation of the Coen brothers movie stars Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Joey King (The Conjuring, White House Down).

In an online promotion to explain the differences between the show and the 1996 original, Thornton says: “It’s the kind of movie that lends itself to expanding.

“Same place, same type of people … new stuff happens.”

“This show is about what happens when a civilised man meets a very uncivilised man, and it was our hope that we would create a cast that was a movie cast and not a television cast,”  showrunner Noah Hawley says of its cinematic scope.

Penny Dreadful, which debuts May 11 in the US, features a cocktail of creatures from works like Frankenstein and Dracula in Victorian London.

Created by John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), it stars Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Josh Hartnett.

It premieres May 11 on Showtime (Masters of Sex), which as been running “ultra-creepy ads” and posters promoting the launch.

The first two episodes of the eight-part series were directed by The Orphanage’s Antonio Bayona and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American BeautySkyfall) is the executive producer.

For more on the series, check out the Penny Dreadful website.

SoHo boss Travis Dunbar called the pilot “riveting” when responding to ScreenScribe.tv’s query about adding Last Week Tonight With John Oliver to the schedule when the channel previously rejected the possibility of other satirically-skewed news shows like The Daily Show or Real Time With Bill Maher.

“We have taken movies, docos, stand-up, specials and the like from HBO in limited form the last few years,” he said.

“And we remain committed to those pockets of varied programming they provide. John Oliver seemed a good fit given his irreverent sensibility and the international perspective of the show.

“I personally love Bill Maher, but we were not totally sure it would travel as well.

“Along with that, there is really only a finite amount of additional shelf space on SoHo given our recent commitment to additional superb drama such as Homeland and The Americans, and upcoming new shows like Showtime’s Penny Dreadful — the pilot of which is riveting — and Fargo.

“Re the other shows, they remain Comedy Central properties, and with the five-night weekly return of The Daily Show, I’d say Sky customers are pretty well catered for with irreverent news comedy.”

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4 Responses to “Fargo and Penny Dreadful SoHo-Bound”

  1. There was talk recently – possibly on this site – that Sky might be broadcasting The Daily Show on Prime in the near-ish future. Do we know if that has progressed any further?

  2. I don’t think it was ever an option. The NZ Herald speculated on the possibility, but Prime has no plans to screen it. The good news — if you’re a Sky subscriber — is Comedy Central will resume it from next month.

  3. Well, this blows! I was hoping to watch it on Prime as it will no longer be free on The Daily Show website since it’s moving back to CC. They could of at least stuck The Daily Show at 10.30 instead of CGW replays on Prime.

  4. We watched the 1st episode of Fargo last night. Very enjoyable show. Quirky, humerous and dark with very good acting

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