Broadway legend Patti LuPone says, “Madonna is a movie killer. She’s dead behind the eyes and cannot act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be in film or on stage.”
The beautiful pulp fiction that is Penny Dreadful returns for a third season on Showtime Sunday night. It comes back with a broader canvas (the American West as well as London, Zanzibar, and other exotic locales), an expanded cast (Wes Studi makes a terrific entrance as a Native American who’s been tracking one of the show’s main characters), and more figures from Gothic literature (I thought I was sick of vampires until I saw the way Dreadful introduces Dracula). For all this, the series remains centered on the fantastic Eva Green’s Vanessa Ives, who starts season three a quivering nervous wreck who can’t bear to face a sunny day.