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‘Salem’ is 1st original for WGN America

– WGN America is calling on witchcraft to help launch the cable channel in a new direction.

Starting this weekend, WGN America is adding its first original series to its schedule of Chicago sports and acquired programming.

The groundbreaker is “Salem,” set in the Massachusetts town during its 17th-century witch obsession and with an “epic romance” at its center, according to the channel. The drama, debuting at 10 p.m. Sunday, features Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel and Ashley Madekwe in its cast.

It will be followed in July by “Manhattan,” a drama about the scientists behind the New Mexico-based Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. The stars include John Benjamin Hickey of “The Good Wife,” Olivia Williams and Daniel Stern.

“The Ten Commandments,” a limited-run series with a different and prominent director for each episode, including Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan and Gus Van Sant, will air in 2015, the channel said.

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