WGN America is shedding its "superstation" skin and getting into the original scripted series business this spring with the period drama Salem.
The hour-long series, set in 17th century Massachusetts, explores the infamous Salem witch trials. In a twist, witches are real in Salem, and there's a dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: The Next Generation) created, executive produced and wrote Salem, along with Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut). The show stars Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey), Shane West (Nikita), Seth Gabel (Fringe), Ashley Madekew (Revenge), Xander Berkeley (The Mentalist), Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer).
West plays John Alden, a "tough, pragmatic, wry-humored" war veteran who returns to Salem after spending a decade on the battlefield and being held in captivity at the hands of the Indians. John finds his hometown gripped in witch-hunt frenzy, led by Cotton Mather (Gabel). John also has a history with Mary Sibley (Montgomery), but is the subject of advances by Anne Hale (Merchant), a fearless artist who becomes Mary's enemy.read more
As Nikita draws to a close, actor Shane West has already lined up his next series: Salem, the first scripted series from WGN America.read more
In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is determined to end her exemplary career by solving one more case: the brutal murder of schoolgirl Sallie Sturdy. Weeks away from retirement and struggling to stay afloat, Tennison forms an emotional bond with Sallie's closest friend, Penny Philips, and unwittingly puts the teenager's life in danger. Guest stars include Frank Finlay (The Pianist), Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Brassed Off), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), and Eve Best (Nurse Jackie). watch