Category Archives: WGN America

CANCELLED – Manhattan – Season 2

WGN America have cancelled their period drama Manhattan after two seasons.

The series was plagued by poor ratings.

The first season averaged 420,000 over it’s 13 episodes, however the ratings dropped to around 240,000 per episode in season two.

WGN America president Matt Cherniss released a statement:

After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of ‘Manhattan.’ We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series.  We are equally grateful to the dedicated fans for their support over the last two seasons.”

The series dramatized the Manhattan Project’s development of nuclear weapons in 1940s New Mexico. The series starred John Benjamin Hickley, Olivia Williams, William Petersen, and Daniel Stern.


RENEWED – Salem – Season 3


WGN America have renewed their first original scripted series, Salem, for a third season.

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RENEWED – Manhattan – Season 2


The period drama gets a second season renewal.
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RENEWED – Salem – Season 2


WGN America has renewed it’s first original scripted series ‘Salem‘ for a second season.

“Salem” boldly re-imagines the infamous witch trials in the 17th century Massachusetts town.  The storyline follows Captain John Alden returning from war to his hometown of Salem where he finds it in the grip of a witch panic.  Crushed that his lost love, Mary Sibley, is now married to his old nemesis, John is unaware she is also secretly the ruling witch of Salem, and her witches are running the witch trials.

Salem is into it’s third episode of it’s first season far. The second season will run for 13 episodes and is slated to start production later this year for a 2015 return.



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