The witch hunt continues as WGN has dropped yet another banner on us in promotion of its new show “Salem.” Nothing really exceptional to see here as you’ve already seen variations of it before, but we are nothing if not thorough.
“Salem,” slated to premiere in spring 2014, explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Voyager,” and “Enterprise”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” launches WGN America’s strategy to become a dedicated purveyor of innovative scripted fare.
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“Salem” stars Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.
In “Salem” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.
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