Who’s ready for a little ‘Manhattan’? And, no, we don’t mean the drink. WGN America’s just announced the premiere date for its second original scripted drama centering around the Manhattan Project.
Set to premiere Sunday, July 27 at 10/9c, the 13-episode series is created and written by Sam Shaw (‘Masters of Sex’) and directed by Thomas Schlamme (‘The West Wing’).
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Filmed on location in New Mexico, the drama is described as entering “the world of deception, danger and sacrifices that characterized one of the best-kept secrets of all time: the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb.”
Set in the 1940s, the project follows a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey, 'The Big C') and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists working on a project that even they could know nothing about until their arrival. It’s a show full of secrets, including husbands and wives deceiving one another, the military keeping secrest from the scientists and the scientists keeping secrest from each other. It’s a story depicting the “wonder, danger and deceit that shadowed the first ‘nuclear’ families.”
The cast (above) includes many familiar faces, including Olivia Williams (‘Rushmore’), Daniel Stern (‘Home Alone’), Ashley Zukerman (‘Rush’), Rachel Brosnahan (‘House of Cars’), Harry Lloyd (‘Game of Thrones’) and Michael Chernus (‘Orange Is the New Black’), among many others.
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Until ‘Manhattan’s debut, you can check out the network’s first original scripted drama, ‘Salem,’ every Sunday at 10/9c.