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Salem TV show on WGN America: season 2WGN America has announced that their original historical drama, Salem, will return for its second season Sunday, April 5th, at 10pm.

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“Time for war.”

WGN AMERICA ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR SEASON TWO OF ITS SPELLBINDING ORIGINAL DRAMA “SALEM” AND DEBUTS FIRST-LOOK PHOTO

“Salem” Returns for Season Two on Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT

Recurring guest stars Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend Join Returning Cast

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Stuart Townsend as Samuel Wainwright and Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley in the first look from WGN America’s SALEM Season 2, returning Sunday, April 5 at 10pm ET / 9pm CT. PHOTO CREDIT: WGN America

LOS ANGELES, January 28, 2015 – WGN America has set the premiere date for the highly anticipated second season of its hit supernatural thriller “Salem,” which will make its return on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT. The network also released the first-look photo from the new season of “Salem,” currently in production in Shreveport, LA for its 13-episode sophomore run, featuring recurring guest stars Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Spartacus”) and Stuart Townsend (“Betrayal,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman”).

From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), “Salem” season two opens at the dawn of the witch war set into motion at the end of season one, with its catalyst and Salem’s deadliest witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, “Made in Jersey,” “Human Target”) at the center of the mayhem as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne. In the wake of the destruction caused by the Grand Rite, completed by Mary and inadvertently triggered by Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg, “Mob City”) in the season one finale, the fates of Captain John Alden (Shane West, “Nikita, “ER”), Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel, “Arrow,” “Fringe”), Tituba (Ashley Madekwe, “Revenge”), Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant, “Jane Eyre”), Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle, “The Astronaut Farmer”) and Isaac hang in the balance.

New to the embattled 17th-century village for the second season of “Salem” are Lucy Lawless as Countess Marburg, one of the last descendants of a legendary line of ancient German witches; Stuart Townsend as Samuel Wainwright, a mysterious doctor looking to uncover the secrets of Salem as he keeps a few of his own; Joe Doyle (“Raw”) as Baron Sebastian Marburg, the charming and cultured son of the Countess; and Oliver Bell (“The Saint”) as Mary’s long-lost son, who was revealed in the season one finale to have been secretly kept alive all along by her coven.

“Salem,” called “perversely entertaining” by The New York Times and “a sexy good time” by The Hollywood Reporter, is a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts.

“Salem” is executive produced by Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson and Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Fox 21.

Follow “Salem” on Twitter and YouTube @SalemWGNA. “Like” the series on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SalemWGN.

Follow the “SALEM” Cast on Twitter:

· Janet Montgomery: @jayrmonty

· Shane West: @ShaneWest

· Seth Gabel:@sethgabel

· Ashley Madekwe: @smashleybell

· Tamzin Merchant: @tamzinmerchant

· Elise Eberle: @eliseeberle

· Iddo Goldberg: @IddoG

· Lucy Lawless: @reallucylawless

· Stuart Townsend: @stu_townsend

· Joe Doyle: @royal_doyle

Co-Creator:

· Brannon Braga: @BrannonBraga

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About WGN America and Tribune Studios

WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is nationally distributed in 71 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series “Salem,” “Manhattan” and “Outsiders,” along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide. Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.

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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.

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