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“GIRLS” director heads to WGN’s “SALEM”

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WGN America, a channel that deals heavily in reruns has ordered its first scripted, original series. SALEM, from 24 and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION producer Brannon Braga aims to (fictionally, I assume) dig into the “dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil” of the Salem Witch Trials. Previously reported as delivering a “new vision of witches,” the series now has an intriguing filmmaker to helm it.

Deadline is reporting Richard Shepard will executive produce and direct the series, though it’s unclear if he will take on all 13 episodes or not. Earlier this year, Shepard (Pierce Brosnan-starring THE MATADOR) directed the much buzzed about GIRLS episode, “One Man’s Trash,” in which creator and star Lena Dunham spends much of the installment in a contained fling with INSIDIOUS’ Patrick Wilson. A 30-minute microcosm of a relationship in which things go from idyllic to upended, I remember thinking a good deal of it was shot with a horror aesthetic; most especially, and oddly, a slow, dreadful zoom on Dunham peeling fruit.

It will surely be interesting to see what Shepard does with a project that’s more explicitly genre. [Deadline]

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Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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