William Petersen Returns to Television in WGN America’s Manhattan

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william petersenWGN America announced today that William Petersen has joined the cast of its critically-acclaimed drama “Manhattan,” marking his return to television after his celebrated Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated 10-year run as Dr. Gilbert ‘Gil’ Grissom in the hit series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, “Manhattan” will begin production on its second season in New Mexico in April for a 2015 debut on WGN America.

Petersen will play Colonel Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at Los Alamos, as a series regular for season two. A deeply religious and patriotic man, Darrow feels called by God to usher in the atomic future, and to spread American values across the globe.

The ensemble cast of “Manhattan” includes Emmy-nominated actor John Benjamin Hickey as Frank Winter, Olivia Williams as Liza Winter, Daniel Stern as Glen Babbit, Ashley Zukerman as Charlie Isaacs, Rachel Brosnahan as Abby Isaacs, ,Katja Herbers as Helen Prins, Alexia Fast as Callie Winter, Christopher Denham as Jim Meeks, Harry Lloyd as Paul Crosley, and Michael Chernus as Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz.

Created and written by Sam Shaw and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme, “Manhattan” is set against the backdrop of the greatest race against time in the history of science — the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. The series follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

“Manhattan” is executive produced by Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.

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