The network that brought “Salem” to life gives another out-of-the-box series that features the events that followed the invention of the deadly atomic bomb. “Manhattan” will premiere on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on WGN America. The cast members include John Benjamin Hickey (“The Good Wife”), Olivia Williams (“Dollhouse”), Alexia Fast (“Jack Reacher”), Daniel Stern (“Home Alone”), Ashley Zukerman (“The Code”), Katja Herbers (“De Storm”), Christopher Denham (“Argo”), Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones”), Michael Chernus (“Captain Phillips”), Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”), Eddie Shin (“Men of a Certain Age”) and Daniel London (“Minority Report”). Read on to learn more about “Manhattan.”
The upcoming 13-episode series is the second original scripted series from WGN America aside from “Salem,” starring Shane West and Janet Montgomery. It is created by “Master of Sex” writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas from “The West Wing.” They will join the other Executive Producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
According to Deadline, “Manhattan” is set in disclosed location in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was also named after the top secret “Manhattan Project” during the World War II. The story will revolve around the developments of the world’s first atomic bomb. It will follow the entangled lives of the scientists and their family. They will struggle to maintain a balance between their flawed lives and creating a perfect bomb.
Despite his vast knowledge, there’s a lot of flaws in head scientist Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) with his self-destructive attitude. His wife, Liza (Olivia Williams),who works as a botanist, will notice the bomb’s side effects to the environment. They will be joined by their teen daughter, Callie (Alexia Fast), who is usually neglected by her father.
Frank will be joined by Glen Babbit (Daniel Stern) to lead the project created by Oppenheimer (Daniel London), the “genius and the guiding force behind the “Manhattan Project.”
The group of young physicists includes “numbers guy” Charlie Abrams (Ashley Zukerman), physics prodigy Jim Meeks (Christopher Denham), Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz (Michael Chernus), Helen Price (Katja Herbers), and another scientist played by Harry Lloyd.
Carole Weyers will play as a French switchboard operator named Elodie while Rachel Brosnahan will take on the role of Charlie’s wife and leader of the spouses.
According to Zap2it, the network confirmed the season order for 13 episodes of the upcoming series. It was announced by WGN America President Matt Cherniss. It was also said that the series is produced by Skydance Television, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate Television.
Moreover, Lionsgate president Kevin Beggs also shared about his enthusiasm over WGN America’s big move on including “Manhattan” to the network’s list of original scripted programming in the future.
“The events surrounding the Manhattan Project ushered in a new chapter in world history that still has resonance today, and Sam’s brilliant script has laid the foundation for a truly great series,” said Beggs in the Zap2it article.
And that’s it for the “Manhattan” preview. It airs on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on WGN America. Check out Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news and updates about “Manhattan” including recaps and spoilers, as well as celebrity and movie news.
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