WGN Evicts ‘Salem’ After Three Seasons

By December 14, 2016
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WGN America has cancelled yet another series. And this time it’s the witch drama Salem.

The series will end after its third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the sixth outing of that 10-episode season airing Wednesday. It follows Manhattan, which was cancelled in February.

Matt Cherniss, the WGN’s president, thanked producers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, and acknowledged the show’s place in history as WGN’s first original series.

Salem is a fantastic show that greatly contributed to our successful launch into original programming.”

The series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley. She’s been spending time on NBC’s This Is Us, however, as Broadway star Olivia Maine.

The move now cuts the number of original programs WGN carries in half. The remaining shows are Outsiders, starring David Morse and Joe Anderson, which will start its second season in January; and the period drama Underground starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, which already was renewed for a second season after a successful March premiere.

In a joint statement, both Braga and Simon said they were aware WGN was ending Salem, and so the third season finale is indeed a proper series finale.

“It was a magical experience to create Salem and we want to thank every producer, writer, director, actor and crew member for all they have done to help us bring the world of Salem to life.”

WGN isn’t leaving original programming, however. THR notes that the cable channel has pilots for Scalped and Roadside Picnic.

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