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WGN America: ‘Salem’ Ordered as Network’s First Scripted Series

The network ordered 13 episodes of the Salem Witch Trial drama which will premiere in 2014

WGN America has ordered its first original series titled "Salem," the network announced Tuesday.

The network gave its tip-of-the-cap to the drama series from Fox 21 and producers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon. The move is symbolic of WGN America's plan to aggressively expand its programming slate.

"Salem explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history," according to the network.

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WGN America has ordered 13 episodes and will enter production this fall. The premiere will be in 2014.

"As WGN America launches its strategy of programming distinctive original content, SALEM is the perfect vehicle, and Gary, Dana, Bert and everyone at 20th with whom we have worked in the past is the perfect studio for us to begin this journey,” said Peter Liguori, CEO, Tribune Company.  

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