WGN America has their first ever scripted series coming down the chute, and the project has found its lead: British actress Janet Montgomery.
Montgomery has appeared in a lot of television projects over the past few years, usually as a supporting player. She appeared in 'Human Target,' 'Entourage,' 'Spies of Warsaw' and 'Dancing on the Edge,' all in a four year stretch. Last year, she starred in her own project 'Made in Jersey,' which was axed after a few episodes. Producers have been looking for the right project to put her in the center of and they may have found it: 'Salem,' a project about the Massachusettes town and the trials associated with the name.
Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials. The series centers on Mary Sibley (Montgomery), the beautiful, ruthless, yet vulnerable wife of the ancient, ailing but very wealthy George Sibley, one of the Salem town Selectmen. Xander Berkeley ('Nikita') has also joined the series in the regular role of Magistrate Hale, one of the Salem’s Selectmen, a company man who believes in pomp and circumstance.
In addition to Montgomery and Berkeley, 'Revenge' alum Ashley Madekwe is also joining the series as Mary's ageless right-hand lady. Seth Gabel, known for his roles on 'Fringe' and 'Arrow,' will also recur as aristocrat Cotton Mather, who oversees the witch hunts.
Brannon Braga and Adam Simon are producing the project for WGN America, with Richard Shepard directing. This is the first ever scripted project from WGN America, formerly known as WGN Superstation. Original series to date on WGN America include the short-lived 'Around the World for Free' and 'WWE Superstars.'