Showtime to Offer Early Look at ‘Penny Dreadful’

Showtime will offer the third season premiere episode of its horror series Penny Dreadful days in advance of its linear premiere this Sunday.  

Showtime will air a TV-14 rated version of the season three premiere episode for free on YouTube, Facebook and, as well as a free video podcast download on iTunes.

Consumers can sample the premiere for free across multiple devices via Hulu, Roku and Sony PlayStation Vue. The episode can also be accessed via multiple television providers’ free On Demand channels, websites and applications, including Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DirecTv, DISH, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

The psychological thriller stars Josh Harnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.

The announcment follows on the heels of the network's decision earlier this month to stream all six episodes of its comedy series Dice on its Showtime OTT streaming service as well as its Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand services in advance of the Andrew Dice Clay-starrer's linear premiere on the pay TV service. 

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.