WGN America Picks Up Manhattan Project Drama

Series from Skydance, Tribune Studios, Lionsgate to Premiere in Summer 2014

WGN America has ordered its second original series, Manhattan, about the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb, the network announced Wednesday.

The drama hails from Skydance Television, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate Television, and is the first entry into scripted content for the former two divisions. WGN America has ordered 13 episodes of the series written and created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) who will executive produce with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).

Manhattan joins the previously greenlit witch trials drama Salem on WGN America’s 2014 programming slate. Production is set to begin in New Mexico this winter for a summer premiere.