As you may have heard over the past few months, WGN America, a network known more for broadcasting either sporting events or frequent reruns of other shows, is finally starting to get into the world of original programming. The only drawback? Their first series in “Salem” is themed around witchcraft, which is the sort of topic that many TV critics tend to turn up their nose at. Just to make matters even worse, one of the other problems with this here is that witches have been very overplayed as of late.
Well, we luckily have some more news about the show that may make you excited: This series is not like most other shows out there that implement this sort of supernatural stuff. In a chat at TCA this weekend (per The Hollywood Reporter), showrunner Brannon Braga (“Terra Nova”) explained a little bit about what the show’s take on the subject will be:
“Our take on the Salem witch trials is that witches were real and they were running the trials, that’s what our show is. The show comes from transcripts of the witch trials. Good records were kept of the things people were accused of. … Our show is about witches; there are no vampires or werewolves. We are hoping our form of magic is different; it’s more grounded in the kind of things people claimed happened at the time. It’s less Harry Potter and more grounded in nature.”
As for some other great news when it comes to “Salem,” we now also have a premiere date: April 20. That is a Sunday, which is a very frustrating sight to see. Why in the world is everyone airing their shows on the same day? Think about the competition here for a second: “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” various “Real Housewives” shows, “Devious Maids,” “Revenge,” “The Good Wife,” “Family Guy,” whatever NBC has going on at that time, and a lot more. This is the most competitive night of TV by a mile.
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Photo: WGN America