Nathan Lane will play a recurring character in Showtime’s upcoming supernatural drama series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a follow-up to its queer-inclusive series Penny Dreadful which ran from 2014 to 2016.
Lane will play Lewis Michener, a ruthless and world-wise veteran officer in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), who serves as a professional partner and mentor to Tiago Vega, “the LAPD’s first Mexican-American detective, forced to grapple with racism, childhood trauma, and faith issues in 1938 Los Angeles,” according to Bleeding Cool.
Vega’s family will play a large role in the show. The detective has an easily influenced younger brother and an overlooked sister who may hold a dark secret. There will also be a demon, of course, who can appear as different people.
Here’s a description of the show’s cultural setting:
A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter will employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. It opens in 1938 Los Angeles; a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
In its time, the original Penny Dreadful was one of the most queer-inclusive shows on TV. It followed a band of antiheroes fighting Dracula and other dark forces in Victorian London. Among its bisexual characters were Oscar Wilde’s immortal libertine Dorian Gray, Wild West wolfman Ethan Chandler and a non-supernatural transgender “lady of the evening” named Angelique.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will premiere sometime this year.