WGN America's critically acclaimed drama Manhattan, about the birth of the atomic bomb, presumably ends its freshman season this Sunday with at least a metaphorical bang. The show, which just landed a second season order, hails from executive producer Sam Shaw, who's become a bit of an expert when it comes to period pieces.
Explosive news from WGN America: The cable network has just renewed Manhattan, its dramatic chronicle of the atomic bomb's birth, for a second season.
"Manhattan represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America," says Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios.
Manhattan joins Salem as WGN America's second original series to score a renewal this year. Manhattan has struggled to find a wide audience, but earned a great deal of critical acclaim, including from TV Guide Magazine's Matt Roush, who calls the show a "surprise obsession."
Up and atom! It's time to discuss WGN America's latest original series Manhattan. Set in 1943, Manhattan follows a sequestered group of physicists racing to develop the first atomic bombs during World War II. Right now, you're probably worried there isn't room on your DVR for another slow-paced historical drama, but don't let that cloud your judgment. Manhattan easily earns a series pass for the way it blends scientific and political suspense with the project's emotional fallout on the scientists and their nuclear families.
Gillian Anderson, Fishlove campaign
X Files star Gillian Anderson is getting X-rated... with an eel?!
The actress has posed nude with just a large eel around her neck to support Fishlove, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about collapsing fish stocks.
Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:
• Will it be "happy to see me" when Prison Break's Michael and Linc reunite with their mother? New cast member Kathleen Quinlan shares a look at what's ahead when the series returns for its final episodes on April 17.
• Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and ... Buffy's Cordelia?! Get the scoop on Charisma Carpenter's latest role (and her hunky on-screen boyfriend!).
• So, who's really in charge of the Dollhouse? Joss Whedon elaborates on the latest twist.
Watch and discuss the new MMM after the jump.
Olivia Williams by Ferdaus Shamim/ WireImage.com
Look what I've got fresh Dollhouse casting prattle! Even better, this performer's name doesn't resemble a word jumble! English actress Olivia Williams has landed the role of Adelle, the Dollhouse's cold and sophisticated leader. She runs things with an efficiency that is both ruthless and protective. In other words, she would die before she showed anyone how lonely she is. Never heard of her, but she sure is perty. She's also got a Wikipedia page, which is always helpful. This just in: OMG, she was Bruce Willis' wife in The Sixth Sense! I approve!Williams joins previously announced Dollhouse residents Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett, Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj.