Any of you heathens planning to check out the new series “Salem” when it debuts on WGN America next month? First be sure to learn all about the mystery surrounding the Salem witch trials tonight, March 25th, in a WGN America documentary special at 11PM ET/8PM PT. Here’s a taste!
In addition to a sneak peek of the 30-minute “Salem: Witches Are Real” below, we have a new entry in the “Salem” Torture Tuesday series to share: the thumbscrew. A non-lethal method to induce confessions of witchcraft, the thumbscrew was designed to slowly crush thumbs with metal points and inflict pain in the nail beds.
“Salem: Witches Are Real” Synopsis:
In 1692 hundreds of people were accused of being witches in Salem, Massachusetts—and 25 of them were killed.
Explore the dark history of the infamous witch trials in “Salem: Witches Are Real,” featuring in-depth interviews with historians, professors, and other Salem authorities to provide a sense of what Salem was truly like at this notorious time and what it meant for the individuals who built, and ended, their lives there.
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.
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” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress, and Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest.
Co-starring are 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,” “Being Human”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as outcast Isaac Walton.
“Salem,” premiering on Sunday, April 20th, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. On an expansive set in Shreveport, Louisiana, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
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