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WGN America greenlights Brannon Braga's witch trial saga Salem

Jun. 5, 2013by: Kevin Woods

With Rob Zombie's THE LORDS OF SALEM hitting theaters earlier this year (and soon headed to DVD/Blu-Ray), and FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" coming our way in a few months it has certainly seemed to be the season of the witch. Now WGN America is getting witchy as The Hollywood Reporter has shared the news that the Tribune-owned network has ordered its first original series titled "Salem", from Brannon Braga ("24", "Star Trek: TNG", "Terra Nova") and Adam Simon (THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT), which will go straight to series with 13 episodes.

"Salem" is set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts and explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials. The series will look to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. The witches featured are real, but they are not who or what they seem. What’s more, the drama, 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.

The hourlong entry hails from Fox 21, the cable studio responsible for such cable dramas as "Homeland" and "Sons of Anarchy," and was initially developed at FX. Production is set to begin in the fall, with a plan to premiere on WGN in 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Are you down for another 'witch'-themed series?

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