New “Salem” Featurette Provides Historical Background

March 26, 20140 Comments

In 1692, hundreds of people were accused of being witches in Salem, Massachusetts—and 25 of them were killed. Explore the dark history of the infamous witch trials in “Salem: Witches Are Real,” featuring in-depth interviews with historians, professors, and other Salem authorities to provide a sense of what Salem was truly like at this notorious time and what it meant for the individuals who built, and ended, their lives there.

Created 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.

Salem premieres Sunday, April 20th.

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