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'Manhattan' finale: Deconstructing the atomic bomb drama with creator Sam Shaw

Implosion. Pre-detonation. Radioactivity. Meltdowns.

The terms that define WGN’s atomic bomb drama Manhattan also apply to its characters, a mix of men and women trying to stop a world war by creating a weapon that could destroy the planet completely. There isn’t a simple equation among them.

Throughout season one, which came to an end Sunday night with its thirteenth episode (“Perestroika”), the show mastered the art of contradiction, presenting heroes you root for even as they betray their own better natures. In the finale, the scientists of Los Alamos are still far from the breakthroughs they will need to successfully trigger a nuclear explosion, but the earth has been pretty well scorched emotionally speaking.

A second season of Manhattan is already in the works, and creator Sam Shaw chatted with EW to recap the events of his fictional take on the atomic project.

Warning: Spoilers await. For those who have yet to catch up with the show, the full season can be binge-watched on Hulu. For Fanhattanites out there eager for classified details, read on … READ FULL STORY

WGN America renews 'Manhattan' for season 2

Ahead of its first season finale, Manhattan has been renewed for a second season, EW has learned.

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Bombs and bombshells collide in new trailer for WGN's 'Manhattan'

No, WGN America’s second scripted original isn’t set on a certain overpopulated island, and it’s not a guide to mixing the perfect whisky-vermouth-bitters concoction. Instead, it’s a stylish retro drama about the men and women commissioned by the United States to create the world’s first atomic bomb—or, as one scientist wryly informs another in the following exclusive trailer, a device the team “prefers to call a gadget.”

Not already intrigued? Take a look at the extended promo, which starts out with old-timey newsreel footage before segueing into actual scenes from the series. You’ll meet star John Benjamin Hickey as Los Alamos newbie Frank Winter, who’s been tasked with leading the Manhattan Project; Olivia Williams as Liza, his botanist wife; and a host of other characters played by faces familiar to anyone who keeps up with prestige dramas (hey, it’s Rachel from House of Cards! Nice to see you in the 1940s, Duck Phillips!). There is wry period humor (the “computers” that the Project relies on are actually an arsenal of comely secretaries); there is darkly-amusing-in-hindsight dialogue (“We won’t just end this war. We’ll end all war”); and there’s a stirring musical backdrop, courtesy of Serena Ryder’s sultry, Amy Winehouse-esque ballad “For You.” It’s kinda like Masters of Sex, except with more booms than boot-knocking. And actually, not really that much like Masters of Sex. READ FULL STORY

WGN America's 'Manhattan' teaser trailer: 'Secrets destroy everything you love' -- EXCLUSIVE

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WGN America is taking viewers back to another part of history — this time without witches — in Manhattan, an original series about the race to the build the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Here’s the show in a nutshell, as summarized in this exclusive teaser: “In war, secrets save lives. At home, secrets destroy everything you love.”

John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) stars a Frank Winter, a self-destructive professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project. Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) plays his wife, Liza Winter, a botanist with a past. Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Ashley Zukerman (Rush), and Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) also star.

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