‘Salem’ Series Premiere Date Announced by WGN America January 13, 2014 News, Salem WGN America is officially in the originals game now. The newly minted network has announced their first original series Salem will premiere Sunday, April 20th. The series rewrites the Salem witch trials, adding a supernatural spin to the gruesome proceedings. The series is being filmed on location in Louisiana to give Salem an authentic look. Meanwhile, the story will posit that witches were real, they just weren’t who we thought they were. The series stars Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey) as Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West (Nikita) as war veteran John Alden and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel (Fringe) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather; Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) as Mary’s accomplice; Xander Berkeley (The Mentalist) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as Anne Hale, an artist with an attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis. Check out the trailer here.