WGN America Orders New Horror Series: Salem
Cable network WGN America has ordered up thirteen episodes of Salem, dealing with the 17th Century Salem Witch Trials. Does American Horror Story: Coven have some competition?
In 2014, WGN America will be premiering its first original programming with Salem, a drama focusing on the Salem Witch Trials in the 1600s. Thirteen episodes have been ordered. Salem will explore an alternate reality where there the witches of Salem are very real, and promises to have dramatic and romantic elements.
Created by Brannon Braga (Star Trek, 24), Adam Simon, and fox21, Salem was originally sold to FX. When the witchcraft theme for Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven was revealed, FX sold the title to WGN America. WGN America looks to use Salem as a launching point for other creative collaborations and original programming.
These supernatural based series are very trendy right now. Perhaps witchcraft is the next trend in supernatural thrillers/horror films. Since both American Horror Story: Coven and Salem deal with the topic of witchcraft audiences may end up burnt out. On the other hand, American Horror Story has a huge fan base that may also tune in for this!