New “Salem” Featurette Introduces Cotton Mather

March 17, 20140 Comments

WGN America released the first “People of Salem” featurette, which introduces us to Salem’s local witch hunter, Cotton Mather. Driven by secret obsessions and desire, Cotton Mather is the well-educated local aristocrat who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt.

Created, executive-produced and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), Salem launches WGN America’s strategy to become a dedicated purveyor of innovative scripted fare.

Salem stars Janet Montgomery (Human Target, Made in Jersey) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (Nikita, ER) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (Fringe) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (Nikita, The Mentalist) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

Salem premieres Sunday, April 20th.

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