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WGN America has announced the premiere date of Manhattan, their second scripted series which stars John Benjamin Hickey and Olivia Williams (previous posts)

Here's the first image of the cast.

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Manhattan will premiere on July 27th, Sunday at at 10:00 p.m. ET | 9:00 p.m CT on WGN America.

I'm putting the press release under the cut

WGN AMERICA ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR POWERFUL NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA ‘MANHATTAN’ – SUNDAY, JULY 27 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT

13–Episode Series from Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios
Created and Written by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”);
Directed by Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”)

LOS ANGELES (MAY 15, 2014) – WGN America announced today that its second original scripted series “Manhattan” will premiere on SUNDAY, July 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT. The first image of the ensemble cast from the 13-episode drama was also unveiled. Created and written by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”) and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”), “Manhattan” enters the world of deception, danger and sacrifices that characterized one of the best-kept secrets of all time: the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb.

Filmed on location in New Mexico and produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, the series stars John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C,” “The Good Wife”) as Frank Winter; Olivia Williams (“Rushmore,” “The Ghost Writer”) as Liza Winter; Daniel Stern (“Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2”) as Glen Babbit; Ashley Zukerman (“Rush”) as Charlie Isaacs; Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”) as Abby Isaacs; Katja Herbers (“De Storm”) as Helen Prins; Alexia Fast (“Jack Reacher”) as Callie Winter; Christopher Denham (“Argo,” “Shutter Island”) as Jim Meeks; Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones”) as Paul Crosley; Michael Chernus (“The Big C,” “Orange Is The New Black”) as Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz; and Eddie Shin (“Men of a Certain Age”) as Sid Liao.


Fueled by mystery and suspense, “Manhattan” is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (Hickey) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside “The Hill,” a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map—a place where men and women are torn between duty and their moral values, husbands and wives conceal the truth from each other and their families, the military keeps secrets from the scientists they chaperone, and the scientists keep secrets from each other. “Manhattan” depicts the wonder, danger and deceit that shadowed the first “nuclear” families.

Glen Babbit (Stern) mentors the younger scientists and helps them navigate the political minefield of Los Alamos. Charlie Isaacs (Zukerman), a wunderkind, becomes as expert in deception as he is in equations and his wife, Abby Isaacs (Brosnahan), emerges as an unlikely leader among the other wives. Frank’s wife, Liza (Williams) is a scientist in her own right—a botanist who has put her own career on hold to move to the desert with her husband and their rebellious 16-year-old daughter Callie (Fast), and in the process begins to uncover unsettling changes in their environment. Ambitious British scientist Paul Crosley (Lloyd) takes advantage of every opportunity for upward mobility, even at the expense of the man who recruited him for the Manhattan Project. Helen Prins (Herbers) is one of the few female scientists assigned to the project and remains a complete mystery to her male colleagues, including Jim Meeks (Denham), Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz (Chernus) and Sid Liao (Shin).

“Manhattan” is executive produced by Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.


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