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Ambitious young scientists are at the center of WGN America’s second scripted series, “Manhattan,” set in the deserts of New Mexico where a top-secret compound held the nation’s top scientific minds as they set about building a nuclear bomb in a race, presumably, against enemy nations who are doing much the same. The historical drama follows the scientists as they move their unknowing families into the desert and then are unable to even tell them what they’re doing there. Part spy thriller, part interpersonal drama, the show nevertheless feels aRead More
The first photo featuring an ensemble cast for WGN America’s upcoming period drama “Manhattan” has been released. The title “Manhattan” refers to the real life Manhattan Project of World War II and follows the scientists who gathered to develop an atomic bomb before the enemy. Set in the remote desert of Los Alamos, New Mexico during the 1940s, “Manhattan” promises to be a tale of secrets, both big and small. The series, created by writer Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”), features John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C”) as project leaderRead More
As WGN prepares to launch their first scripted show, the supernatural witch drama “Salem,” this Sunday night, they’ve also premiered the first stylized promo for their sophomore effort, the historical drama “Manhattan.” The show has been ordered for a 13 episode season, and is set in the 1940s, following the scientists tasked with making the world’s first atomic bomb. “House of Cards” star Brosnahan will play the wife of one of the scientists (Ashley Zukerman), while John Benjamin Hickey, Daniel Stern and Olivia Williams round out the cast. “Manhattan” isRead More
She helped Kevin Spacey destroy Corey Stoll, and now “House of Cards” star Rachel Brosnahan is moving onto an eve more volatile environment. Deadline reports Rosnahan has been cast in a series regular role on WGN America’s new 13 episode drama series “Manhattan,” set in the 1940s and following the scientists tasked with making the world’s first atomic bomb. Brosnahan will play the wife of one of the scientists (Ashley Zukerman). Brosnahan, who plays the call girl getting increasingly embroiled in the high stakes politics of DC’s most powerful menRead More
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Posted On November 2, 2013By Melanie AbernathyIn Television, TV Casting

TV: Shane West is Spellbound in New Series “Salem”

WGN America adds it’s male lead to their first scripted series “Salem“, reports Deadline. The show has cast “Nikita” star Shane West as it’s lead in the wicked installment. The series follows Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), the wife of one of the town’s officials in the eerie 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts. When a war veteran, John Alden (West) returns to his hometown to find it’s ridden with the witch hunt craze, drama arises between him and Sibley, his old flame. Written by Brannon Braga and “The Haunting in Connecticut” scribe Adam Simon, the duo willRead More
WGN America’s first scripted series “Salem” has already cast Ashley Madekwe as a witch and Seth Gabel as a witch-hunter, but TVLine has learned the new drama will star British actress Janet Montgomery. From “Terra Nova” showrunner Brannon Braga, “Salem” is a fictionalized retelling of what transpired during the now infamous witch trials of 17th century Massachusetts. It centers on Mary Sibley (Montgomery), the beautiful and  seemingly vulnerable wife of the ancient, ailing but extremely wealthy George Sibley, one of the town’s important Selectman along with Magistrate Hale (Xander Berkeley). But Lady Sibley also has a big secret: Her mysteriousRead More
Seth Gabel
Coming off co-starring stints on hit network dramas, “Fringe” alum Seth Gabel and “Revenge” actress Ashley Madekwe are stepping it up to lead WGN America’s first scripted cable series, “Salem,” according to Deadline. From “Terra Nova” showrunner Brannon Braga, “Salem” explores the truth behind the now infamous witch trials of Massachusetts during the 17th century. Gabel is taking the lead role of Cotton Mather, a local aristocrat who oversees the witch hunts, while Madekwe will play Tituba, Mary Sibley’s mysterious helper and the town’s most powerful witch, who also hasn’t aged in ten years. Basically, expect this period drama to follow “Reign” inRead More