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'Salem' renewed for a second season

Witches are working for WGN America. The cable network has renewed its first scripted series Salem, just three episodes into its 13-episode first season.

“At WGN America, we are committed to delivering compelling, brand-defining programming rich with fascinating characters and Salem has done just that,” said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios, in a statement.

The freshman drama had a strong debut, delivering 1.5 million viewers for its first airing, a tally that grew to 2.3 million with repeat airings, and has remained steady.

The 13-episode second season will begin production later this year to air in 2015. READ FULL STORY

Marilyn Manson haunts new 'Salem' opening credits: Watch now

The folks behind Salem have turned to a very logical person to provide a creepy song for their witch drama: Marilyn Manson. (Sure, Stevie Nicks wouldn’t have a bad choice either, but then again, she’s aligned with a different coven, American Horror Story.) The shock rocker’s new tune “Cupid Carries a Gun” can be heard this Sunday as part of the new opening titles for WGN America’s 17th-century-set drama about the Salem witch trials. READ FULL STORY

'Salem' trailer premiere: Something wicked this way comes -- VIDEO

Witchcraft. Wild accusations. Shane West’s wig.

There’s a lot to look at in the following new trailer for WGN America’s first original series Salem, a new scripted show set against the backdrop of 17th-century Massachusetts’s infamous witch trials. The twist: In this version of the story, the witches are real. (Think Hocus Pocus, but not actually anything like Hocus Pocus.)

West stars as John Alden, a soldier who returns home only to find his village whipped into a witch-hunting frenzy. He also happens to be an old flame of Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) — a member of Salem’s elite who, oh yeah, also happens to be a powerful sorceress. Both characters are based on actual historical figures; any Salem scholar who examines the show’s cast list will find more familiar names, including Tituba (played here by Revenge‘s Ashley Madekwe) and Cotton Mather (Fringe‘s Seth Gabel).

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'Salem' first look: Shane West and Ashley Madekwe travel back in time -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Believe it or not, there are more witches coming your way. WGN’s Salem takes place in 17th-century Massachusetts and tries to uncover the truth behind the town’s famous witch trials.

Created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, the show stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, and Elise Eberle. We have an exclusive first look at Shane West, who plays John Alden, a “hardened war veteran” and onetime love interest of Montgomery’s Mary Sibley, the town’s “powerful enchantress.”

And below, we have another first look with Ashley Madekwe, who stars as the powerful witch’s accomplice:
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