WGN America conjures more Salem

WGN America is investigating more witchcraft after ordering an extended second season of its first original drama, Salem.

The new order comes just three episodes into its first ten-part season, with a new 13-part run due to begin production later this year.

It will debut in 2015.



Salem re-imagines the infamous witch trials in the 17th century Massachusetts town, with a storyline that 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.

The cast includes Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg.

It is prodced by Fox 21 and co-created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, who also serve as executive producers with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry of Prospect Park and David Von Ancken.


Tut rises at Spike TV

With an array of networks offering scripted entertainment, new players must stand out from the crowd.

WGN America broke into original drama with Salem, which explores the truth behind the town’s infamous witch trials in 17th Century Massachusetts.

Now Spike TV has moved back into original scripted series for the first time in eight years with Tut.



The six-hour event series will tell the story of Tutankhamun, the Egyptian Pharoah’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory while his advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own interests.

Tut is produced by Muse Entertainment, with Joel S Rice and Michael Prupas. The executive producers are Greg Gugliotta, Michael Vickerman, Sharon Levy, Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, and Angela Mancuso. The producer is Irene Litinsky.

The writers are Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg.

It will be shot in Morocco and Canada this fall and will debut on Spike TV in 2015.Spike TV has previously optioned Tut as a development project.

WGN takes Ten Commandments

WGN America has ordered a ten-part series called Ten Commandments as part of its ambitions to become a “destination for original content”.

WGN America

WGN America

Over ten nights, ten different filmmakers will share their modern interpretation of that commandment. They include Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera.

It will be produced by The Weinstein Company, with Bruce Cohen and Bob Weinstein producing.

Ten Commandments is the latest original drama to be commissioned by WGN America.

Salem, which debuts on April 20, re-examines the infamous witch trials in 17th Century Massachusetts.

It is created, executive produced and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, and produced by Fox 21.

The cast includes Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle.

Manhattan, which begins production in New Mexico in March ahead of its July premiere, focuses on the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb.

It is written and created by Sam Shaw, who executive produces alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. Thomas Schlamme directs and executive produces under his Shoe Money Productions banner.

Tribune Studios produces in partnership with Skydance Television and Lionsgate Television.

WGN America spells out Salem

WGN America, the cable and satellite channel owned by Tribune Broadcasting Company, has ordered its first original scripted series.

Salem, which comes from the producers behind Homeland, is set in 17th Century Massachusetts and explores the truth behind the town’s infamous witch trials.

WGN has ordered 13 episodes, the first of which will begin production this fall for a 2014 premiere.

The series was created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, who will executive produce with Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz. It will be produced by Fox 21, part of 20th Century Fox Television.

Source: Tribune