nurse jackie californication penny dreadful premieres 2014 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Nurse Jackie' and 'Californication' get premiere datesShowtime has announced its return dates for two award-winning dramas, plus new horror thriller “Penny Dreadful.”

“Nurse Jackie,” starring Emmy-winning actresses Edie Falco and Merritt Wever, and “Californication,” starring Golden Globe winner David Duchovny, will return Sunday, April 13 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively. It will be the start of “Nurse Jackie’s” sixth season and “Californication’s” seventh and final season.

The returning dramedies will serve as a lead-in for “Years of Living Dangerously” at 10 p.m. The docu-series follows celebrity correspondents as they travel the globe and explore a range of subjects all having to do with climate change. The correspondents include Jessica Alba, Mark Bittman, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrera,
Harrison Ford, Thomas Friedman, Michael C. Hall, Chris Hayes, Olivia
Munn, Dr. M. Sanjayan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ian Somerhalder
and Lesley Stahl.

Premiering the following month is “Penny Dreadful,” a psychosexual thriller that features literature’s most terrifying characters embroiled in Victorian London. Viewers can look forward to Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, “Dracula” characters and more. The show stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and BIllie Piper and is executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes. “Penny Dreadful” premieres Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m.

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