WGN America is sticking with the Manhattan project.
The Tribune owned cable network has renewed their critically acclaimed original drama series Manhattan for a 13 episode second season, TVWise has learned.
Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science – the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico – and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
The drama, which hails from Skydance Television, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate Television, was created by Sam Shaw and stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus. The executive producers are Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.
“‘Manhattan’ represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the show’s widespread critical acclaim and its loyal audience,” said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager of WGN America. “Sam, Tommy and the talented cast and creative team have so brilliantly brought to life the world of the Manhattan Project and we can’t wait to see what secrets and surprises await us in season two.”
WGN America only entered the original drama space late last year when they handed out 13 episode straight to series orders to Salem and Manhattan. With today’s renewal, the network has gone two-for-two with their push into drama, as both have been picked up for second seasons. Production on the second season of Manhattan begins in the Spring for a premiere in late 2015.