After successfully launching its first scripted series in April with the supernatural period drama Salem, WGN America is gearing up for the premiere of its second original program, the eagerly anticipated atomic-bomb series Manhattan on Sunday, July 27. Another period piece, Manhattan is set in the 1940s in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and follows a group of scientists who are secretly recruited to the Manhattan Project. The story will detail the struggles the scientists and their families face as they realize that what they're working on is no ordinary assignment: The small town they live in can't be found on any map, secrets are threatening to rip their marriages apart, and some of the world's best minds are torn between their sense of duty and what they believe to be moral right.
We've been looking forward to this one since the first teaser was released in April, and the full trailer doesn't disappoint:
Shot on location in Santa Fe, New Mexico (check out that scenery!), the series was created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and is directed by The West Wing's Thomas Schlamme. It also boasts an excellent ensemble cast that includes John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C), Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Ashley Zukerman (Rush), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Mark Moses (Mad Men), and more.
Will you watch Manhattan?