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Period Drama Series Renewed

Oct 14, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A period cable drama that is about to wrap up its freshman run has been picked up for a second season. Variety reports that WGN America will bring back “Manhattan.”

The move was announced just days before Sunday’s season finale.

“The renewal is not a surprise, as ‘Manhattan’ — the second of the original drama series WGN America has fielded this year — has been generally well-received by critics and generated a small but devoted following. WGN America also renewed its first offering, ‘Salem,’ for a sophomore run,” Variety reports.

Said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America/Tribune Studios: “ ‘Manhattan’ represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the show’s widespread critical acclaim and its loyal audience. Sam [Shaw, the show’s creator], Tommy [Schlamme, director and executive producer] and the talented cast and creative team have so brilliantly brought to life the world of the Manhattan Project and we can’t wait to see what secrets and surprises await us in season two.”

The series is reportedly averaging about 1.2 million total viewers in Nielsen Live+7 ratings.

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