WGN America is pulling out all the stops for the premiere of its original scripted drama series Manhattan. When it debuts on Sunday, July 27, the premiere episode will be seen not only on WGN America, but also on Tribune stations in 33 markets nationwide, including WPIX/New York, KTLA/Los Angeles, WGN/Chicago, WPHL/Philadelphia and WDCW/Washington, DC, WGN America said today. From writer Sam Shaw (Masters Of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV, the 13-episode series is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, NM and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. John Benjamin Hickey, Daniel Stern, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan star.
In addition, on July 4, WGN America will air a half-hour original special looking at the fortified secret suburban society of 1940s Los Alamos. Premiere of The Manhattan Project: Beyond The Bomb will be followed by airings on Tribune stations nationwide. After the July 27 series premiere, Manhattan will continue its 13-episode run on WGN America, Sundays at its regular time, 10 PM ET / 9 PM CT. Manhattan is executive produced by Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.