WGN America Releases Extended ‘SALEM’ Season 2 Trailer
Premiering SUNDAY, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, WGN America’s hit supernatural thriller and the network’s first original scripted series, SALEM, returns with 13 episodes for a highly anticipated second season at the dawn of a Witch War. Salem’s ruthless leading witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, “Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”), has just completed the elusive Grand Rite – a deadly supernatural ritual that unleashed a devastating plague on the town’s unsuspecting citizens. As death and disease continue to spread through the war-torn village, Mary must face off against adversaries old and new, from within Salem and beyond, who are vying for her throne in the battle for control over Salem.
Left for dead physically and emotionally, former war hero John Alden (Shane West, “Nikita,” “ER”) returns to Salem to take down the woman he loves, Mary, before she can destroy everything and everyone around her. Haunted by guilt, Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel, “Fringe,” “Arrow”) is on a path of redemption, determined to right the wrongs he left behind. The protector of the abused, Mercy (Elise Eberle, “The Astronaut Farmer”) becomes the abuser as she seeks vengeance against the one who betrayed her – Mary. With the sudden return of the son (Oliver Bell, “The Saint”) she thought she gave up years ago, Mary must also contend with emerging threats from within the ranks of her own coven, which conspired against her to secretly keep him alive – including her mysterious servant Tituba (Ashley Madekwe, “Revenge”), whose allegiances are slippery and motives unclear. Mary’s most vital task is shoring up support from Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant, “Jane Eyre”), whose newly discovered can render her either a powerful ally or a deadly foe.
Mary learns early on just how much help she needs when the aftermath of the Grand Rite prompts new visitors to descend upon Salem, each with their own agendas – including Countess Marburg (Lucy Lawless, “Xena: Warrior Princess”, “Spartacus”), the last of an ancient and powerful line of German witches; her charming, cultured and extremely loyal son, Baron Sebastian Marburg (Joe Doyle, “Raw”); and the mysterious Dr. Samuel Wainwright (Stuart Townsend, “Betrayal,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”), who looks to uncover the secrets of Salem and its plague while its first victim, Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg, “Mob City”), lies helpless.
From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), SALEM is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly reimagines the infamous 17thcentury witch trials in Colonial Massachusetts. The series is executive produced by Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, Josh Barry, Jeff Kwatinez, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. Filmed on location in Shreveport, Louisiana, the series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.