WGN America And Skydance’s Critically Lauded Series ‘Manhattan’ Begins Production On Explosive Season Two, Premiering This Fall

April 16, 2015

SANTA FE, NM (April 16, 2015) – Production has begun on the second season of Skydance and WGN America’s critically acclaimed drama “Manhattan,” on an expansive 12-acre set in Santa Fe, NM.  Described as “the TV season’s secret weapon” by Time Magazine, the series, created by Sam Shaw and directed by Emmy Award®-winning director Thomas Schlamme, follows the tangled lives of the residents of Los Alamos, New Mexico, as they race to detonate the first nuclear bomb in history.  Locked away in the world's most secretive city, the scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one bloody war and usher in another — the Cold War waiting just over the atomic horizon — all while foreign spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within.  Produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, “Manhattan” will premiere its second season this fall on WGN America.

The season two ensemble cast of “Manhattan” includes:  Emmy®-nominated actor John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C,” “The Good Wife”) as Frank Winter, a brilliant and conflicted physicist who helped design the world’s first weapon of mass destruction and who’s now beginning to question how it will be used; Olivia Williams (“Rushmore,” “The Ghost Writer”) as his wife, Liza Winter, an accomplished scientist in her own right who battles the Hill’s draconian security state presided over by Col. Emmett Darrow, the new ranking military officer played by Golden Globe-nominated actor William Petersen (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”); Ashley Zukerman (“Rush”) and Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”), who play Charlie and Abby Isaacs, a young couple who will both embrace and struggle with their unexpected new power on The Hill; along with Katja Herbers (“The Americans,” “De Storm”) as Helen Prins; 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 Daniel Stern (“Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2”) as Glen Babbit.  Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife,” “Cake”) will join the season two cast as Nora, a member of the Women's Army Corps who undergoes a political awakening when she's assigned to a post at Los Alamos.

“Manhattan” was recently honored with 2015 SXSW Jury Award for Excellence in Title Design, illustrated by Dan Gregoras from Imaginary Forces.  Additionally, Director of Photography John Lindley, won the American Society of Cinematographers’ Outstanding Achievement Award in a Television Movie, Miniseries, or Pilot for his work on the season one premiere episode, “You Always Hurt the One You Love.”

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

Follow “Manhattan” on Twitter @ManhattanWGNA. “Like” the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ManhattanWGNA, and join the discussion with #manhattanwgna and #Fanhattans. See photos on Instagram by following @ManhattanWGNA and videos at www.youtube.com/ManhattanWGNA.

About WGN America and Tribune Studios: WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is nationally distributed in 73 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series "Salem," "Manhattan,” “Underground,” "Outsiders” and “Ten Commandments,” along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide.  Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.

About Lionsgate Television: Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black and new series such as The Royals, Manhattan, Deadbeat, Casual and Chasing Life.

About Skydance Television: Skydance’s television’s first series, Manhattan, with WGN America, premiered in July 2014 to critical acclaim. The show has been picked up for a second season, which will begin production in 2015. From writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, this 13-episode drama is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Next up for Skydance Television is the original comedy series Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as long-time rivals brought together by a rather unusual change in their marital circumstances. Written and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, the show’s 13-episode first season will premiere on Netflix on May 8, 2015.

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