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WGN America Orders a Second Season of Salem

Shane West

That hexing toad you crammed into the mouths of WGN America bosses worked. The network is headed back to Salem.

WGN America has ordered a second season of the witchy drama a mere three episodes into the freshman series' run,the network announced Monday...

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Ask Matt: Game of Thrones, Enlisted, Mindy, Salem, Good Wife

Iain Glen, Ian McElhinney, Emilia Clarke.

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I love Game of Thrones. I think it is so ambitious, unique, well-acted and produced. My one issue is the time allotted for the ever-engrossing and expanding cast. If they follow the books at all, the cast would grow even more. How successful does a show have to be for HBO to consider making either more episodes per season or having longer episodes per season? It's not network TV so they don't have commercial considerations to fight against. Every year and week anymore, it seems like GOT is breaking some record in viewers. Always the most pirated show. Don't have a clue about DVD sales. Just seems to me that we are starting to and will continue to lose something from this show by only getting five minutes with each character. It's like by the time I'm really enjoying it, the episode is ending. Is adding to episode orders or time something that is possible or discussed? Would be such a shame if they didn't continue on a brilliant adaptation. And I would think this show makes HBO money and a lot of it. If it didn't, I would understand how my idea would be the stuff of grumpkins. — Trenton

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Wigs, War and Witches! Shane West Talks New WGN America Series Salem

Shane West

Forget the magic fairy dust and enchanting spells, the witches of Salem are downright terrifying.

The upcoming WGN America series, the network's first foray into scripted original programming, takes a fresh — and much darker -- look at the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Its witches are very real and actually manipulating the town into a state of fear. Shane West stars as war hero John Alden (historically, a survivor of the trials) who has returned home to find that his former love Mary (Janet Montgomery) has gone on to marry elderly town leader George Sibley (Michael Mulheren). What John doesn't know is that he got Mary pregnant and in order for her to get rid of the baby, she essentially made a deal with the devil-like witch Tituba (Ashley Madekwe). 

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Weekend TV: Orphan Black, Salem, Lifetime Making Whoopi

Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris

"You are a bloody wrecking ball. You are an exploding cigar," laments a confidante of the clones under siege in BBC America's thrillingly entertaining Orphan Black. She's also a bloody marvel, as Tatiana Maslany plays these diverse doppelgangers with astonishing range and surprising nuance. Scrappy street waif? Check. High-strung soccer mom? Check. Lesbian scientist-in-training? Check. Deranged Russian assassin? Why not. Beyond a provocative premise and blistering pace, Orphan Black is a terrific showcase for one of TV's great performances. Even when it threatens to look like a stunt, with one clone at another's throat in a smackdown or layering the subterfuge when one clone pretends to be another, this bonded-by-genetics sister act never feels forced or phony.

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Exclusive Video: Witches Are Real in Salem

Janet Montgomery

This is not the Salem you read about in history class.

In WGN America's first scripted series, Salem, the infamous witch trials of the 17th century will be explored — but with a twist. Whereas innocent young women were unjustly murdered in real life, the witches on the show are very much real.  

First Look: Teaser trailer for WGN America's original series Salem

Created and executive-produced by Brannon Braga (24) and Adam Simon, the show stars Janet MontgomeryShane WestSeth Gabel,Ashley MadekeXander BerkeleyTamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle. Before the series premiere on April 20 (10/9c), WGN America will debut a special, Salem: Witches Are Real (Tuesday, 11/10c)which examines the mystery and lore that inspired the premise of the show.  

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First Look: Teaser Trailer for WGN America's Original Series Salem

Salem

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.

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Shane West Lands Lead in WGN America's Salem

Shane West

As Nikita draws to a close, actor Shane West has already lined up his next series: Salem, the first scripted series from WGN America.

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The Wednesday Playlist: Spies Abroad, DirecTV's Rogue, Meet ABC's Parents

David Tennant

In the spy game, intelligence is the most precious commodity. And in the world of fictional espionage, few authors of historical suspense deliver thrills with the crisp and unsparing intelligence of Alan Furst. BBC America's Spies of Warsaw, a two-part miniseries adaptation (concluding Tuesday, April 10) of his 2008 novel, loses none of its twisty allure and passionate urgency in the translation from page to screen (9/8c). Tension comes with the territory of late-'30s Poland, a country harboring refugees and dissidents in a murky culture of political intrigue, as everyone nervously waits for the jackboot to drop as rumors spread of Nazi aggression. read more

Elementary Scoop: When Will We Meet Irene Adler?

Jonny Lee Miller

Irene Adler, one of the most revered female characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories, may be coming to Elementary sooner than we think.

Following last week's reveal that Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) had recited her name over and over in his drug-addled past, it seemed more than likely that we'd soon see her in the flesh. So, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Rob Doherty to find out when!

5 Sherlock Holmes characters we want on Elementary

Adler, oftentimes depicted as a love interest for Holmes over the years, will appear... read more

5 Sherlock Holmes Characters We Want on Elementary

Jonny Lee Miller, Janet Montgomery

Janet Montgomery for Irene Adler!

 

That was our first reaction upon hearing of Made in Jersey's quick demise. But Irene Adler isn't the only Sherlock Holmes character we'd love to see pop up on CBS' Elementary, in which Jonny Lee Miller stars as the titular sleuth, now a recovering addict and consultant for the NYPD whose Watson (Lucy Liu) is Sherlock's "sober companion."

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