Will the Cotton family continue to wreak havoc next year as well? We shall see. The second 13-episode season will go into production later this year, with plans for a spring 2015 premiere.
With its first original scripted series, WGN America went to the darker side of American history for the witchy drama Salem, so it makes a certain amount of sense that the series teamed with one of the more iconic artists on the faux-dark side of the musical spectrum, Marilyn Manson, for an all-new theme for their opening title sequence.
This Sunday, WGN America will put its broom between its legs and fly into the world of original programming with the witchy drama Salem, but that doesn’t mean the show has completely filled out its casting or anything. Joining the moody period series is Stephen Lang, a stalwart of genre fiction perhaps best known as Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s Avatar.
FX's American Horror Story: Coven put a bit of dark, witchy magic on basic cable and now it's WGN America's turn, albeit with a different setting and tone, through their own original drama, Salem. Serving as both a period piece and a supernatural drama, Salem takes us to Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century, where the only thing scarier than the witch hunt may be the actual witches amidst this puritanical society.
There doesn’t appear to be much of a multi-tiered plotline going on in Salem, Massachusetts; it’s just business as usual trying to identify witches and subsequently putting them to death. But while some of the accused were innocent, there is indeed a powerful witch or two among the population, and they’re like nothing anyone had imagined. There’s a romance tied up in all this that is supposed to ratchet up the drama two or three more broom clicks.
There’s no doubt that witches will become the new vampire and zombie in terms of ubiquity in fictional narratives, with Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem released just a couple of months ago and American Horror Story’s third season focusing on its own coven of witches.