Monday, February 3, 2014

SPOTLIGHT ON WGN'S FIRST SCRIPTED HISTORICAL SERIES 'SALEM' ON 17TH CENTURY WITCHES WITH JANET MONTGOMERY, SHANE WEST, SETH GABEL, XANDER BERKELEY

WGN'S FIRST SCRIPTED SHOW
WITCHES OF SALEM
As you've noticed recently tones of channels, from History and Discovery to E!, which never had scripted series before are turning to shooting their own shows and you know that WGN is among them ready to launch their first such show SALEM April 20th! Today you can check out the first trailer and pictures from the drama which, written by Brannon Braga (STAR TREK VOYAGER, 24), will follow the tragic and dangerous destinies and lives of the 17th century witches in Massachusetts! The show, which centres on an epic romance, is said to deliver a new vision of witches who are real though they are not who or what they seem. This is not the only scripted show to come to WGN: 10 COMMANDMENTS historical show is also in preparation with different famous directors (Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven) helming one episode each!

THE STORY OF SALEM
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Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, SALEM explores what really fuelled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this  infamous period in American history. In SALEM, witches arereal, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centres on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem — and an even bolder new vision of witches.

THE FACES OF SALEM
SHANE WEST AND SETH GABEL
Mary Sibley is the main character played by Janet Montgomery. She is the beautiful, ruthless but vulnerable wife of an ancient, ailing but very wealthy Salem town Selectman. She is also the most powerful witch in Salem. Shane West will play a man, who after 10 years of war and captivity at the hands of the Indians, returns to his native Salem to find it consumed in Witch Hunt frenzy, led by Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel). He also has a history with Mary Sibley. Seth Gabel will be playing  Cotton Mather, a local aristocrat who makes it his business to oversee the witch hunts in Salem. Xander Berkeley is Magistrate Hale, one of Salem's Selectman. Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle also star in the 13 episode show.

33 comments:

  1. So there are witches in SALEM?
    But they will be different than what we think of witches?

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    1. yep, they say the witches will actually be doing some witch hunting here, whatever that means :)

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    2. Which witch is which?
      Sorry, couldn't help myself!

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    3. we do encourage and welcome language craziness here :)

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    1. and tickled... no wait... the tickling business is yours :)

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  3. They've got some good casting going on. Nice to see WGN getting into producing their own shows. They play too many Seinfeld re-runs, which I don't mind. They just need to stop televising the Chicago Cubs.

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    1. I've never actually heard of WGN before :) but I don't live there so no surprise there :) I don't mind so many channels producing event series and shows....

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  4. I do like the first picture, very impressive and atmospheric...like the movie may be?

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    1. not a movie, but a TV series, Phil :) Hope it will be good

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  5. Interesting - both the show and the fact those channels are adding scripted show.

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    1. oooo, there should be an "s" on 'show'

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    2. I do also find it interesting, but I guess in today's world you have to join the race at the market

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  6. I agree, they probably do need to join that rat race, just to keep up or ahead.

    We started watching stuff on Amazon Instant Video now. Really love it. Glad they followed NetFlix.

    Got some dough on the first rise and stuffing cubes ready to become stuffing.

    Thanks for the idea on the beet root powder. Seriously, I never thought of making it myself. Brilliant.

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    1. More fun for us with more shows on the menu, although most of them end up being disappointing :(
      I actually heard about the homemade beet powder at that baking competition show I watched last year :)
      I usually use beet and red onion peels to dye my Easter eggs the natural way.

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  7. What a crazy episode in American history. But I'll still probably check it out. Hopefully the witches get some revenge this go around. LOL.

    Ooh, and because my Super Bowl experience was so horrible last night, I ended up watching a travel program about eastern Europe. Got a glimpse of Belgrade. They said you Serbs are party animals who love to dance, with many, many nightclubs to visit. :))

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    1. I have a strange feeling I would've been burnt at stakes if me was living in 17th century Massachusetts :) Either that, or I would turn the whole village into mice and frogs :) Or into coon minions... that is my dream....

      Not my personally, I'm a phlegmatic little possum, but most Serbs do live to party and eat and drink :) We even have clubs on the river barges :) And people go out at 11 at night when in most other countries the parties are slowly finishing LOL

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  8. There seems to be quite a preoccupation with witches. It's the topic of a lot of books as well as movies. Must be the new fad!

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    1. hope it doesn't mean anything.... /hideshisbroomandpointedhat/

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    1. oh, Randy Mandy, you brought tears to my eyes. I thought you left the net forever and that we would never hear from you again. Hope you are doing as well as the situation allows!

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  10. This is one that I am really looking forward to. Hope it holds my attention all well as the trailers do!

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    1. hope it's not overly spooky, but something tells me it will be

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  11. Could be interesting...I'll have to keep my eye out for that series to begin :)

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  12. Ah the Salem witch trials, a nice showing of a community corrupted by religion and paranoia.

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    1. not that much has changed over the years :)

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  13. Whenever I hear 'Salem', I get nightmares. I get visions of David Whatshisnameagain? ;)

    Good to be able to SEE you again.

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    1. See? Does that mean you're better, dear Blue?

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    2. 65% but at least everything looks almost normal again rather than a riot of colors.

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    3. Now, let us gather our energy and go fight for the missing 35%!

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