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TRAILER: Shreveport-shot ‘Salem’ Season 2

by Jordan McGuire on December 2, 2014

On May 5th, 2014 Shreveport-shot Salem was granted a thirteen episode season two. Today, WGN released the first glimpse of season two. The seventeenth century witch trial phenomenon stars Brit Janet Montgomery and Louisiana native Shane West.

Ironically this was the first project that sent West back to his home state of Louisiana. In our interview with the Baton Rouge native, West admits a running joke within his family saying that he would never shoot in Louisiana. Following his nine months in Toronto filming Nikita he was offered his lionhearted role to play John Alden.

No word yet on when the show will return.

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WGN America has just released an extended trailer for their upcoming drama series Manhattan. The trailer doesn’t give away too much, but viewers can get an idea of the grim tone and tantalizing historical themes. Starring in the first season are John Benjamin Hickey, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Ashley Zukerman, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd and Eddie Shin.

Contrary to the title, this first season is set in 1940s Los Alamos, New Mexico rather than New York City. “Manhattan” refers to the famous Manhattan Project that the scientists of the town have been summoned to work on, developing the first nuclear bomb. Led by self-destructive professor Frank Winter (Hickey), along with his family, they must live amongst lies and danger that linger in the town’s supposedly secure outpost.

With the newfound popularity and critical acclaim of television dramas, it can be difficult to get viewers hooked on a new show. Reviews so far have been mixed but the show will likely appeal to anyone with even a slight interest in military or Cold War history. Variety’s Brian Lowry praises the show’s premise saying, “’Manhattan’ earns points for being serious and ambitious, while creating a strong sense of atmosphere and place in the isolation — and paranoia — in which the families must exist.” However, he mentions that the series is missing the essential spark to make it stand out.

After the success of WGN’s Salem, a drama series following the 17th century Salem witch trials, fans can expect big things from the network’s second originally scripted show. Created by Sam Shaw, writer of Masters of Sex, and directed by The West Wing’s Thomas Schlamme, the thirteen episode season is airing this July.

Manhattan premieres on WGN America on Sunday July 27 at 9 p.m. ET.

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