WGN America announced today that it has picked up a second season of its first original, scripted drama "Salem." Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios broke the news, bringing word that a 13-episode second season will begin production later this year for a 2015 debut. The news comes with the series currently three episodes into its first season.
Produced 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, "Salem" stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg.
"Salem" boldly re-imagines the infamous witch trials in the 17th century Massachusetts town. The storyline follows Captain John Alden (West) 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 (Montgomery), 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.
'At WGN America, we are committed to delivering compelling, brand-defining programming rich with fascinating characters and ‘Salem’ has done just that," said Cherniss. "Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, the talented cast and our great partners at Fox 21 have opened up an intriguing world that has captivated viewers. We look forward to bringing more great storytelling, scares and surprises to viewers as the saga unfolds."
"I could not be more thrilled or more proud of our cast, writers and crew who made this show come alive,” said Braga. "The fans have been fantastic and we plan to continue keeping them on the edge of their seats."