Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Outstanding Drama Series

 

1938 Los Angeles is a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener become 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.

For Your Consideration

 

Outstanding Drama Series

Executive Producers: John Logan, Michael Aguilar, Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes
Co-Executive Producer: Mark Tobey

John Logan

“enviable production values and Logan’s trademark dialogue”
– TV Line

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Episode 101, “Santa Muerte”

TOMMY TONGE

“the sequence at the fictional Crimson Cat club is one of the show’s most impressive and involved”
– AV Club

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Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming
Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

CHRISTIE WITTENBORN

“the costumes by Christie Wittenborn are instantly evocative and worth focusing on”
– The Hollywood Reporter

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Outstanding Period Costumes
Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

MARIA CASO

“the production design on City of Angels is.. a dream, with a sense of the culture shining in every corner of the frame”
– Collider

GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH THE PRODUCTION DESIGN TEAM:

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)
Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Paco Cabezas, Director
Episode 101, “Santa Muerte”

Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Episode 104, “Josefina and the Holy Spirit”

Roxann Dawson
Episode 105, “Children of the Royal Sun”

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Bernard Telsey, CSA

Tiffany Little Canfield, CSA

Josh Einsohn, CSA

Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming

Tommy Tonge, Choreographer

Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

John Conroy, ISC
Episode 101, “Santa Muerte”

Pedro Luque, Director of Photography
Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)

John Paesano, Music by

Episode 104, “Josefina and the Holy Spirit”

Outstanding Music Supervision

Deva Anderson, Music Supervisor

Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

Outstanding Period Costumes

Christie Wittenborn, Costume Designer

Jessica Albertson, Assistant Costume Designer

Tommy Macdonald, Costume Supervisor

Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling

Theraesa Rivers, Hair Department Head

Valerie Jackson, Key Hairstylist

Mishell Chandler, Hairstylist

Ai Nakata, Hairstylist

Lauren Poole, Hairstylist

Andrea Young, Hairstylist

Episode 110, “Day of the Dead”

Outstanding Period and/or Character Makeup (Non-prosthetic)

Lana Horochowski, Makeup Department Head

Maurine Burke, Key Makeup

Lesa Nielsen Duff, Key Makeup

Kelcey Fry, Makeup Artist

Episode 110, “Day of the Dead”

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One hour or More)

Maria Caso, Production Designer

Jason Garner, Art Director

David Potts, Art Director

Brent Cottrell-Mannon, Set Decorator

Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special

Jason Collins: Prosthetic Makeup Designer

Mike McCarty: Prosthetic Makeup Designer

James Rohland: Key Prosthetic Makeup Artist

Cristina Waltz: Prosthetic Makeup Artist

Cary Ayers: Prosthetic Makeup Artist

Eric Koo: Prosthetic Sculptor/painter

Episode 104, Josefina and the Holy Spirit”

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series

Tad Dennis
Episode 103, “Wicked Old World”

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)

Brett Hinton, Sound Supervisor

Robert Kellough, Sound Editor

Polly McKinnon, Sound Editor

Sam Munoz, Sound Editor

Greg Vines, Music Editor

Noel Vought, Foley Artist

Episode 104, “Josefina and the Holy Spirit”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)

Jay Patterson, CAS, Production Sound Mixer

Nick Offord, Re-recording Mixer

Ryan Collins, Re-recording Mixer

Episode 104, “Josephina and the Holy Spirit”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role

Bill Kent, Visual Effects Supervisor

Dan Lombardo, Visual Effects Producer

John Heller, Visual Effects Supervisor

James Dornoff, Visual Effects Set Supervisor

Marc Mason, Visual Effects Producer

Jamie Barty, Digital FX Supervisor

Lawrence Paraszczynec, CG Supervisor

Remo Wieland, Key CG Artist

Sophie Marfleet, Key Compositing Artist

Episode 109, “Sing, Sing, Sing”

Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie

Mark Norby, Stunt Coordinator

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

John Logan

Episode 101, “Santa Muerte”

City of Angels isn’t merely good, it’s divine”

– TV Line

“Beautiful”

– Chicago Sun-Times

“atmospheric and wonderfully acted… beautifully shot”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“A powerful ensemble”

– Indiewire

“Strong performances”

– The New York Times

“In the sets, locations, and costumes, the attention to historical detail is rich.”

– TV Guide

“Well-made”

– Variety

“richly imagined and beautifully brought to life”

– PASTE

“Maria Casio’s production design and the costumes by Christie Wittenborn are instantly evocative and focusing on”

– The Hollywood Reporter

“The production design on City of Angels is.. a dream, with a sense of the culture shining in every corner of the frame”

– Collider

“beautiful production design, great special effects and strong performances from the cast”

– Chicago Sun-Times

“enviable production values and Logan’s trademark dialogue… cinematography gorgeous enough to convince you that you’ve glimpsed heaven”

– TV Line

“gorgeously recreates the period”

– Rolling Stone

NATALIE DORMER

as Magda, Alex, Elsa and Rio

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

“[Dormer] is an utter scene stealer”

– The Hollywood Reporter

 

“Dormer is…terrific, vanishing so completely into her myriad alter egos that it would be easy to forget that they’re all on the same villainess”

– TV LINE

 

“several… evocative performances are being delivered by Natalie Dormer”

– VARIETY

 

“[Dormer] makes each character she plays feel fully formed and vibrant”

– Indiewire

DANIEL ZOVATTO

as Tiago Vega

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

“Daniel Zovatto, making the absolute most of the rich material”

– TV LINE

 

NATHAN LANE

as Lewis Michener

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

“Lane is killing it”

– Indiewire

 

“Nathan Lane, who admirably enables us to forget we’re watching Nathan Lane”

– TV LINE

 

RORY KINNEAR

as Dr. Peter Craft

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

KERRY BISHÉ

as Sister Molly

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

ADRIANA BARRAZA

as Maria Vega

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

JESSICA GARZA

as Josefina Vega

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

MICHAEL GLADIS

as Councilmen Charlton Townsend

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

JONATHAN NIEVES

as Mateo Vega

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

ADAM RODRIGUEZ

as Raul Vega

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

AMY MADIGAN

as Miss Adelaide

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

LORENZA IZZO

as Santa Muerte

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

/ Episodes

S1 E1 | "Santa Muerte"

Los Angeles, 1938. Tiago Vega, the LAPD’s first Mexican-American detective and his partner, Lewis Michener, investigate a murder. While at City Hall, Tiago’s activist brother Raul Vega battles with the fiery Councilman Charlton Townsend over the construction of California’s first freeway. Meanwhile, Peter Craft, the head of the German-American Bun, meets Elsa, the mysterious mother of one of his patients. Sensing danger, Tiago’s mother Maria pleads with Santa Muerte to protect her family as the rising tensions in the city threaten to explode.

S1 E2 | "Dead People Lie Down Early"

Raul Vega lies on the brink of death as his brother Mateo meets the charismatic Pachuco Fly Rico. Tiago and Lewis’s investigation leads them to the temple of the radio evangelist, Sister Molly Finnister and her formidable mother, Miss Adelaide. Councilman Townsend and his cunning assistant Alex capitalize on the discord in the city to further their political goals. Peter Craft has a chance encounter with Elsa at the beach and his sons meet her unnerving boy, Frank. That night, Lewis and his old friends investigate clandestine Third Reich activities.

S1 E3 | "Wicked Old World"

Tiago and Molly visit Santa Monica Pier in an effort to escape their complicated lives. Livid at the murder of his friends, Lewis interrogates Brian Koenig, a young Cal-Tech student. Townsend and Alex’s political agenda is jeopardized when Councilwoman Beverly Beck vows to fight them. Peter Craft discovers a dark truth when he visits Elsa at home. Mateo visits the Crimson Cat dance hall and is invited into a seductive, dangerous new world.

S1 E4 | "Josefina and the Holy Spirit"

Tiago scours Sister Molly’s beach house for clues, leading to disquieting revelations. Councilwoman Beck proposes an alternate route for the Arroyo-Seco motorway, infuriating Townsend. Peter Craft invites Elsa to a party at his home, inflaming the suspicions of his wife Linda. With nowhere else to turn, Lewis asks the gangster Benny Berman to help battle the growing Nazi menace in LA. And after Josefina Vega has a harrowing encounter with the police, Mateo seeks retribution with his new Pachuco friends as Josefina pursues spiritual enlightenment with Sister Molly.

S1 E5 | "Children of the Royal Sun"

Mateo grapples with the aftermath of his actions. Josefina confides in Sister Molly, who’s shocked to discover Josefina is Tiago’s sister. Tiago and Lewis’s investigation takes them from the Sonoratown slums to the Vega House. Dottie befriends Brian as Alex lectures Townsend about his personal life. That night, Peter receives an alarming phone call from Elsa and Tiago confronts Mateo.

S1 E6 | "How It Is With Brothers"

Tiago and Lewis interrogate Diego, seeking a confession, while Lewis senses Tiago is hiding something from him. Adelaide warns Molly about her personal desires jeopardizing the Temple’s future. Townsend learns of Kurt’s surprising past. Peter Craft makes a dramatic decision about his marriage with Linda. Maria tracks down Mateo and pleads with him to come home.   

S1 E7 | "Maria and the Beast"

Molly visits Tiago at his apartment as he wrestles with guilt over Diego’s confession. Dottie and Lewis confront Brian for lying about his dueling allegiances. Elsa and Frank move in with the Crafts, igniting fear in Tom and Maria. Alex and Townsend deliberate about how to defeat Councilwoman Beck. Josefina’s newfound faith puts her at odds with her family. Lewis enlists a reluctant Tiago to join his covert operations and Maria summons Santa Muerte, but an uninvited guest arrives with her.

S1 E8 | "Hide and Seek"

Lewis confronts Townsend in his office and Tiago questions Adelaide, where he discovers Josefina is now a member of the Sister Molly’s congregation. Rio implores Mateo to forget his old family and embrace her and the Pachucos. Peter visits Linda at the asylum, only to find her ready for war. Townsend and Kurt go on a dangerous outing, while Peter Craft argues with members of the German-American Bund. In the Craft home, Frank terrorizes Tom and Trevor as Maria fights to protect them from the demonic child.

S1 E9 | "Sing, Sing, Sing"

In danger, Tiago and Lewis must make bold decisions. With Townsend at the end of his rope, he’s forced to turn to a last resort. Spurred by Elsa, Peter decides to take Tom, Trevor and Frank to the movies. Lewis oversees the prison transfer of Diego Lopez as Tiago and Molly go dancing at the Crimson Cat, where they confront the rest of the Vega family.

S1 E10 | "Day of the Dead"

When sad news spreads through the Crimson Cat, Fly Rico tries to placate the volatile crowd while Rio argues for vengeance. Peter Craft, Elsa and the boys are trapped in their car amidst a riot as Tiago tries to help Mateo. Townsend celebrates the sudden rise of his political fortunes. Tiago and Molly face reality about their relationship and Molly confronts Miss Adelaide. Lewis and Tiago rush to protect Brian from the Nazis. The Vega family gathers for a moving Day of the Dead ceremony.

How ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Choreographer Created Intimacy on the Dance Floor

If you’ve been following this season’s “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,” you might have been seduced by the sexy dancing at the Crimson Cat dance hall in the series. The season takes place during a hot summer in Los Angeles in 1938. Zoot suits, Mexican folklore and radio Evangelism are on the rise as construction on the Arroyo Seco Parkway and freeway system begins.

The Crimson Cat is where the Latino community descends, a place where energy can be released on the dance floor. Tommy Tonge, whose credits include “The Billie Barry Jubilee Ball” and “An Evening For Earl” gala concerts and the second and third seasons of the original “Penny Dreadful” returned as this season’s choreographer and is the man behind the electrifying numbers.

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