EXCLUSIVE: Fringe alumnus Seth Gabel is set for a lead role in Salem, WGN America’s first scripted series, from Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, director Richard Shepard and Fox21. Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, it explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials. Gabel, repped by Management 360, ICM Partners and Felker/Toczeck, will play Cotton Mather, a local aristocrat who makes it his business to oversee the witch hunts in Salem.