WGN America has ordered iits first original scripted series as it "begins to aggressively expand its programming slate," the nationally distributed flagship network of the Tribune Broadcasting Co. announced.
According to the announcement, "WGN America has ordered the drama series ‘Salem’ from award-winning producers Brannon Braga (’24,’ ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’) and Adam Simon (‘The Haunting in Connecticut’), it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President/GM, WGN America. The series hails from Fox 21 (‘Homeland,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’), the prolific cable production division of Twentieth Century Fox Television.
The announcement continues: "Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. 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.
"WGN America has ordered 13 episodes entering production this fall for a 2014 premiere."