WGN America Orders First Original Series

Drama 'Salem' Will Explore Town's Infamous Witch Trials

Nearly three months after WGN America announced an aggressive expansion into original programming, the network has ordered its first original series, on Tuesday picking up the dramaSalem from studio Fox 21 (Homeland).

Salem, from producers Brannon Braga (24) and Adam Simon, will explore what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts. WGN America has ordered 13 episodes to premiere in 2014. 

Braga and Simon, who created and wrote the series, will serve as executive producers along with Prospect Park's Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz. 

"Brannon and Adam have an amazing vision for the world and characters that comprise Salem, Mass., during the witch trials and we believe that a great adventure full of supernatural, romance, and action awaits the viewer," said Matt Cherniss, president/GM of WGN America. "In addition, everyone here at WGN America feels fortunate to have the support of Fox 21 and 20th Television as we embark on our first foray in original scripted programming."