Salem

salem01Network: WGN America
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: April 20, 2014 — TBD
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle, Xander Berkeley, and Iddo Goldberg.

TV show description:      
A supernatural and historical drama, this TV show is set in the 17th century in colonial Massachusetts. During a significant time in the history of American politics, religion and society, this series tells the story behind the infamous witch trials.

Salem Village and Salem Town feuded over property, grazing rights and church rights. The government was dominated by Puritan leaders. People were scrutinized closely and this resulted in discord. They were afraid of being persecuted for anything that may offend the Puritan mindset and the word “witch” was an easy and appropriate curse hurled at someone who behaved abnormally.

In Salem, the witches are a part of day-to-day life, but they are not who or what they seem to be. Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) is the most powerful witch of Salem and her secrets threaten her position of power. Mary is the wife of George Sibley (Michael Mulheren), the ailing, wealthy head of the Selectmen of Salem.

While leading a double life, Mary depends on her faithful servant and friend, mysterious Tituba (Ashley Madekwe), to carry out her agenda. Mary is ruthless, yet vulnerable; her world is torn into two when Salem’s native son, John Alden (Shane West) returns after many years at war. John and Mary were lovers before he left the Puritan town of Salem.

John takes on the role of being the voice of reason in this town that’s obsessed with witch hunts and unexplained phenomena. He realizes that suspicion and fear result in innocent people being victimized. Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel) is a well-educated local aristocrat who leads the witch hunt, preaches from the Bible, and visits a brothel in the evenings.

John and Mary find themselves in the middle of a romance while Cotton’s witch hunt engulfs the town in hysteria and horror, and the supernatural.

Series Finale:     
Episode #TBD
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

  

What do you think? Do you like the Salem TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?

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  1. Nancy says

    Please don’t cancel it. I “binge watched” the whole first season on NetFlix and then binge watched the next few sessions on TV to catch up. The show is a lot of fun! It’s filled with drama, love, evil, sinister elements that can, at times be amusing and it’s a well written series. The most important part of any book, play or TV show is that the audience becomes involved with those they see on the screen, to the point where they have almost stepped in and are watching by the sidelines. If you find yourself loathing a character at one moment and feeling a bit sorry for him or her in the next, they’ve got you. It’s very difficult to do that. I hope there will be a 3rd, 4th, 5th…etc. season. There are many different variations on this theme.

  2. Salem Cat says

    I live in Salem. I love this show.

    No, it is not historical. The true history is far worse – there never were any Witches. Innocent people were murdered simply to amuse bored children and enrich the pockets of corrupt government officials. Just like today.

    But is this show entertaining ? YES !!

    It portrays the image of Salem that never was, but is exactly what a hundred thousand tourists (and many residents) wish it had been.

  3. Timea says

    I love this series! I’m from Switzerland and live now in Upstate New York and I actually think that Salem is the Best TV series or one of the Best!!!!! Please continue!!!!!!!

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