TV: New featurette released for WGN’s witchy series Salem


A new featurette has been released for WGNs upcoming horror series, Salem, entitled “The People of Salem: John Alden”. Check it out below.

In the featurette, we learn about hardened war veteran John Alden, Mary’s onetime love interest who returns to his native Salem to find it consumed in a witch hunt frenzy.

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, Salem explores what really fuelled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), Salem launches WGN America’s strategy to become a dedicated purveyor of innovative scripted fare.

Salem stars Shane West (Nikita, ER) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Janet Montgomery (Human Target, Made in Jersey) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel (Fringe) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (Nikita, The Mentalist) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

Salem will begin on WGN American on Sunday April 20th.


Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, Salem explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem — and an even bolder new vision of witches.


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