WGN America announced today that Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”), Stuart Townsend (“Betrayal,” The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Joe Doyle (“Raw”) and Oliver Bell (The Saint) have joined the cast of the network’s hit supernatural thriller “Salem,” which begins production on its second season today in Shreveport, LA. The new season centers on Salem’s most powerful and ruthless witch Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for control of the embattled 17th-century village. Created and written by Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), the one-hour drama, produced by Fox 21, will return to WGN America in April 2015.
Set as a special recurring guest star, Lawless plays “Countess Marburg,” one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches. Townsend, also set fora recurring guest role, portrays English aristocrat “Samuel Wainwright” – a doctor looking to uncover the secrets of Salem and keep his own from those who would seek to discover them.
Joining as series regulars are Doyle in the role of “Baron Sebastian Marburg,” the charming and cultured son of the Countess and Bell, who reprises his role as the long-lost son of Mary – long believed to be dead, but who was revealed to have been secretly kept alive by Mary’s witches at the end of season one.
Returning as leading cast members are Montgomery, Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as Captain John Alden, Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as Mercy Lewis and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as Isaac Walton.
The expansive “Salem” set, which covers 30 acres in Shreveport, LA, where the historic village has been recreated in detail, has been further expanded in season two to include a new port and intricate buildings in an area known as “Knocker’s Hole.”
Joining Braga, Simon and Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz as executive producers are Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, who previously served as showrunners on “Smallville” and co-showrunners on “Beauty and the Beast.” Also new to the creative team for “Salem” season two is Nick Copus (“Arrow,” “Nikita”), who directs and serves as co-executive producer.
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