‘Salem’ Renewed by WGN America for Season 3

Series averaged 1.1 million viewers per episode during second season

WGN America has renewed “Salem” for a third season, the network announced during the show’s panel at Comic-Con on Saturday.

The one-hour drama, from Fox 21 Television Studios and creators and writers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, re-imagines the infamous 17th-century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in a world where witches are real, but they aren’t who or what they seem to be. The third season will begin production in Shreveport, Louisiana, later this year for a 2016 debut.

“Salem’s” second season averaged over 1.1 million total viewers and 545,000 adults 18-49 on a Live-plus-7-day basis. During its Season 2 run, the series more than doubled its Live+7 performance among total viewers, vaulting 117 percent over Live+Same Day and ranking among the top five time-shifted original dramas on cable this season in percentage lift.

This year’s Comic-Con was invaded by the Witch War as stars Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg, along with Braga and Simon, treated fans to a panel discussion and Q&A and shared footage from the show’s second season, which finished its run June 28.

“Salem” is executive produced by Braga, Simon, Josh Barry Jeff Kwatinez, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.