What to Watch on Sunday: ‘Penny Dreadful’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ deliver horror

Posted by Brooke Cain on May 11, 2014 

PENNY DREADFUL

(L-R): Danny Sapani as Sembene, Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm in “Penny Dreadful.”

JONATHAN HESSION — Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME

Penny Dreadful (10pm, Showtime) - This dark new monster drama stars Timothy Dalton as a London nobleman who recruits various characters to help him find his daughter, who has been taken by a gang of vampires. Dalton’s crew includes the mysterious Vanessa Ives ( Eva Green), Dr. Victor Frankenstein ( Harry Treadaway), an American Buffalo Bill type ( Josh Hartnett), Dorian Gray ( Reeve Carney) and others. There’s even a Jack the Ripper element, in case the gore of vampire murders and reanimated dead aren’t enough for you. The performances and effects are stunning, but the story – at least in the first two episodes – is little too grim. A bit of levity would be much appreciated down the line.

Also on tonight . . .

Once Upon a Time (8pm, ABC) - In tonight’s two-hour season finale, a coronation is held at the diner as Mary Margaret and David celebrate their newborn son. Meanwhile, Emma and Hook wind up in the Enchanted Forest of the past, where they must exercise extreme caution not to change anything.

Rosemary’s Baby (9pm, NBC) - The first of a two-part miniseries, “Rosemary’s Baby” is a creepy reimagining of the 1968 Roman Polanski film, this time starring Zoe Saldana and Patrick J. Adams. The second installment airs on Thursday.

The Good Wife (9pm, CBS) - Alicia managers the fallout when her corporate CEO client’s insensitive statements to the press threaten the fate of a multi-billion dollar merger. Meanwhile, Diane and Louis Canning take opposite sides in a class-action suit involving a pharmaceutical company. And Eli learns the truth about Alicia and Peter’s relationship.

Revenge (10pm, ABC) - In the Season 3 finale, Emily and Victoria wage war against one another.

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