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WGN America Renews Manhattan For Season 2

Manhattan

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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Kiefer Sutherland, American Horror Story and More Heading to Comic-Con

Kiefer Sutherland

Jack is back! Kiefer Sutherland is returning to Comic-Con, Twentieth Century Fox Television announced on Monday.

Sutherland will take the stage to talk Bauer's return in 24: Live Another Day alongside executive producer Jon Cassar on Thursday, July 24. The same day, TNT will preview their upcoming series Legends followed by a panel for Lifetime's Witches of East End.

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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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Ratings: Salem Opens Big; Orphan Black Return Still Small

Janet Montgomery and Ashley Madekwe

For a brand new series on a mysterious network, WGN America's Salem pulled in some pretty surprising numbers Sunday.

The Shane West-led series set during the historic witch trials drew... read more

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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Big TV Questions for 2014

Phil Robertson

Audiences changed the way they consumed television — as well as what they watched — last year, making binge-watching a phenomenon and breathing new life into the TV movie and miniseries genres. What's in store for this year? Here are a few hot topics.

Will there be any more fallout from the Duck Dynasty controversy?

While... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Ashley Madekwe Goes from Revenge to Salem

Ashley Madekwe

When Ashley Madekwe learned that her character, Ashley, was being written out of ABC's Revenge in this season's premiere, she asked the writers to get rid of her in "a big, splashy death." Instead, Ashley was run out of town. Zzzzzz. But now Madekwe will see some real action as one of... read more

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Premiered: April 20, 2014, on WGN America
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Premise: The world of the Salem witch trials is explored in this drama set in 17th-century Massachusetts.

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