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WGN America Renews Manhattan For Season 2

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."

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Weekend Review: I'll Take Manhattan

Remember when nostalgia used to signify a comforting escape into the past? It hasn't been the same since Mad Men took us beneath the surface glamour to expose the grim consequences of chasing and selling the American dream. WGN America's bold new period drama Manhattan (Sunday, 9/8c) goes even further, eschewing the romantic veneer altogether in a gritty story of scientific mavericks operating in extreme circumstances. Looking back at a bygone time (World War II) with a jaundiced eye, the ambitious Manhattan is far more serious in intent than the channel's more recent effort at historical-fiction original programming, the lurid Salem.

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VIDEO: Tomorrow

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Aired: 5/14/2006

In the series finale, the Bartlet administration prepares to leave the West Wing. While Santos and his winning camp nervously gear up for the inauguration, outgoing President Bartlet, C.J. and the others fondly look back on their time in the White House. Former series star Rob Lowe guest stars as Sam Seaborn. watch


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Horatio's last chance
Manhattan Saga Trailer

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Year Title Description
2014 Manhattan TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2014 Manhattan TV Show Series, Director
2011 Mr. Sunshine TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2004 Jack & Bobby TV Show Series, Executive Producer

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Exclusive: Shaun Cassidy and Tommy Schlamme Develop Western at NBC

Shaun Cassidy is prepping a trip to the Old West in a new project he's developing with director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) at NBC.

Set in 1840, The Frontier follows a group of disparate travelers in Missouri as they... read more

Christina Ricci May Fly with ABC's Pan Am

Christina Ricci is in talks to star in ABC's drama pilot Pan Am, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Set in the 1960s, the project revolves around pilots and flight attendants of the iconic airline that ceased operations in 1991 after declaring bankruptcy. Ricci would join ...
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The Dramatist: How Aaron Sorkin Made Politics Entertaining

With The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin made it cool to care about politics. Sorkin's band of quippy White House staffers and a president who was hard not to love helped him walk the line between politics and entertainment and score repeated Emmy wins. We chatted with Sorkin, one of the influential television industry players interviewed for's Best of the Decade section, about his beloved political drama, why it struck a chord with viewers, and how a similar approach to melding Hollywood and Washington hurt his follow-up, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. read more

Business Matters: Dane Cook the New Bachelor?

Dane Cook is looking likely to land the lead in Bachelor No. 2, about a creep who gets paid to take girls out on dates that are so bad, they go running back to their exes.... David E. Kelley has scored frequent collaborator Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) to direct the pilot for his ABC drama, Life on Mars.... Deadwood's John Hawkes has been cast as the brother of a baseball great turned substitute PE teacher in the Will Ferrell-produced HBO pilot East Bound and Down. read more


Per the Hollywood Reporter, Amanda Peet will reunite with her The Whole Nine Yards costar Matthew Perry, having joined the cast of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme's new NBC comedy about a Saturday Night Live-style sketch-comedy show. Hey, anything that busies them up enough to prevent The Whole Eleven Yards. read more

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