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To Be A Wtich; First Teaser for WGN’s “SALEM” Series

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A stylish, smirking tease for WGN’s upcoming premiere scripted series, based around actual supernatural happenings midst the infamous and tragic Salem Witch Trials, has debuted. In the clip, a voiceover runs down the criteria for judging one a witch, while every major punishment from the noose to the stake to the pillory is doled out. Plenty of knowing smiles from the accused accompany the abuse, leaving us to believe they’ll surmount the accusers when SALEM airs next April.

Of course, there’s something a bit crass (but that’s why we love horror) in positing the innocents subjected to horrible suffering were, in fact, dealing with dark arts. The synopsis of the series however attempts to make clear the witches on SALEM aren’t exactly evildoers: 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. SALEM explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them. 

Created, produced and written by Brannon Braga (STAR TREK: TNG) and Adam Simon (THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT), SALEM’s cast is as follows: Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

For more on SALEM, visit its official Facebook.

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Samuel Zimmerman
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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