Supernatural Drama Series Renewed — and What It Means for a Channel That Is Trying to Go Bigtime

May 6, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A supernatural drama series has been picked up for a new season after only a few episodes aired. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that WGN America renewed the historical supernatural drama “Salem,” which is the channel's first original scripted drama.

The announcement comes after only three episodes of the Sunday program have been televised.

“The TV series from Tribune Co.'s WGN America reimagines the infamous Colonial witch trials of the Massachusetts village," the story reports. "‘Salem’ stands as the first player in the network's bid to fashion itself into a top-tier cable network — with projects landing as the year continues. It's all part of a bigger plan to steer Tribune Co., which also owns the Los Angeles Times, into a profitable TV-centric enterprise."

The show drew 1.5 million viewers in its debut, with its first two telecasts averaging 1.7 million total viewers when three days of DVR viewing are added in.

The second season will include 13 episodes, and will start production later this year for a 2015 premiere.


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