WGN America has renewed Salem, their first original scripted series, for a second season. The 13 episodes will be produced later this year and will then debut in 2015.
Here are the details:
WGN AMERICA’S SPELLBINDING DRAMA “SALEM” RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON
— Ten All-New Episodes Remain This Season, Sundays at 10:00 PM ET —
LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2014) – WGN America has picked up a second season of its first original, scripted drama “Salem,” it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. “Salem,” which is being renewed three episodes into its first season, is produced by Fox 21 and co-created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, who also serve as executive producers with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry of Prospect Park and David Von Ancken. The 13-episode second season will begin production later this year for a 2015 debut.
Starring Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg, “Salem” continues for ten episodes, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.
“At WGN America, we are committed to delivering compelling, brand-defining programming rich with fascinating characters and ‘Salem’ has done just that,” said Cherniss. “Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, the talented cast and our great partners at Fox 21 have opened up an intriguing world that has captivated viewers. We look forward to bringing more great storytelling, scares and surprises to viewers as the saga unfolds.”
“I could not be more thrilled or more proud of our cast, writers and crew who made this show come alive,” said Braga. “The fans have been fantastic and we plan to continue keeping them on the edge of their seats.”
“Salem’s” debut premiered with more than 3.4 million Total Viewers and 1.5 million Adults 18-49 in time-shifted Live + 7 viewing for its premiere night on April 20. Through its first two telecasts in Live + 3 viewing, “Salem” has averaged nearly 1.7 million Total Viewers and 806,000 among Adults 18-49, a +776% increase over the network’s Adults 18-49 season-to-date average on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.
“Salem” boldly re-imagines the infamous witch trials in the 17th century Massachusetts town. The storyline follows Captain John Alden (West) returning from war to his hometown of Salem where he finds it in the grip of a witch panic. Crushed that his lost love, Mary Sibley (Montgomery), is now married to his old nemesis, John is unaware she is also secretly the ruling witch of Salem, and her witches are running the witch trials.
In Sunday’s fourth episode, “Survivors,” an old adversary of Alden’s arrives in Salem with secrets that could destroy him.
[Source: Nielsen Media Research]
# # #
WGN America, the flagship network of Tribune Broadcasting Company, is nationally distributed in 72 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series “Salem,” premiering April 20, 2014, “Manhattan,” premiering in July 2014 and “Ten Commandments,” along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Company, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide.
What do you think? Have you been watching Salem? Are you glad that it’s been renewed for a second season?
I’m so excited. I been waiting and wondering when Salem would return. I love it. One of the best and my top favorite t.v. Shows of all. Can’t wait and thank you all for making more episodes. I am available for a role or cast position. That would be a dream. But good luck and enjoy making the show as much as o do watching it. Kevin Cole
I luv it too
Love the show and hope it comes back for season 3!!!
I just absolutely fell in love with the Salem series and I am always sad when the season ends. please tell me that there will be a third series!!!!!!
I believe this is the best series on regular tv!!! I sure hope you’re working on season 3 because my interest has been there from the beggining and need to see the good guys win. Poor Cotton!!! great job and keep them coming!!
I love wait for it to start again its great go team Mary she a witch but I want her so desperately to be with John well keep I up its a great show
You do realize season 2 is already on right?? The final episode of the season comes on tomorrow.
Salem is a knockout. It’s great!!!! I hope this series is renewed for years to come. I love this show.
I love SALEM,I was magically enchanted to hear that it is back on for season #2.This show is very dark &slightly seductive.I watch every Sunday at 10 pm.Love the characters.I hope they keep making more seasons onWGN.
Bring it back! Loved the show. Story line and acting was superb!
Loved it! Love the era & story. Though I could do without the sex scenes so my kids could watch. Tibuta’s acting wasn’t very good either so, I hope her part isn’t very big in season two.
You’re cool letting them watch all the violence though, interesting
You know what I wana know if John Alden aka(Shane west)is comeing back I know he died in seson1 episode 13 I wonder did Mary do a witch spell thing and took the bullet out and heeled him and brong him back to life
It actually never shows if he’s dead or alive.
I find the show very interesting and entertaining.
If it’s true that the show Salem is coming back well then I say it’s about time! I got hooked up and then I hear it’s being cancelled. Please bring it back and keep it coming. It’s a great show!
took about 2 episodes then I was hooked. You can’t imagine how angry I was to find no more seasons…guess till you get it on, I’ll have to watch something else..please hurry !
When I watched the first 2 min of Salem, I thought it was a thwack job and waste of time… but my patience paid off. I loved every second of the rest of it. I almost forgot my assignment submission deadlines.