A New Salem Teaser Stretches Some Rope


salem?Witchcraft gets an additional push on the small screen when WGN debuts Salem sometime early this year.  The network has debuted a new 30-second spot called "Rope."

When I first heard about this series, I knew – yes – it was a historical piece, but I was genuinely curious to know if we would see supernatural things occur or if this whole thing would play out like The Crucible.  The promos, however, have been filled with the supernatural.

Written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, the series stars Janet Montgomery (The Hills Run Red) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West  as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.