Multi-Channel Premiere Event for WGN America’s New Drama ‘Manhattan’


The cable network WGN America is going all out for the premiere of its second original scripted drama Manhattan with a multi-channel premiere event. The new series will debut on Sunday, July 27 at 9/8c on the cable outlet and will have encore telecasts on Tribune stations in 33 markets nationwide on premiere night, including WPIX in New York, KTLA in Los Angeles, WGN inChicago, WPHL in Philadelphia and WDCW in Washington, DC.

‘Manhattan’ is set against the backdrop of the greatest race against time in the history of science: the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. The series will follow the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

The cast includes John Benjamin Hickey (‘The Big C’); Olivia Williams (‘Dollhouse’); Daniel Stern (‘Home Alone’); Ashley Zukerman (‘Rush’); Rachel Brosnahan (‘House of Cards’); Katja Herbers (‘De Storm’); Alexia Fast (‘Jack Reacher’); Christopher Denham (‘Argo’); Harry Lloyd (‘Game of Thrones’); Michael Chernus (‘The Big C’) and Eddie Shin (‘Men of a Certain Age’).

Leading up to the ‘Manhattan’ premiere, WGN America will air a half-hour special on Friday, July 4 called “The Manhattan Project: Beyond the Bomb” that will feature series creator and writer Sam Shaw (‘Masters of Sex’) and director Thomas Schlamme (‘The West Wing’) as well as the cast, former residents, historians and expert scientists offering a revealing look at the fortified, secret suburban society of 1940s Los Alamos. The special will also be aired on Tribune stations nationwide.

That isn’t all, though.

The Fourth of July weekend will see the start of a multi-platform awareness campaign for ‘Manhattan’, including digital spectaculars, national print and promos and soaring aerial displays evoking the Manhattan Project’s ever-present tone of secrecy and fear of espionage. The campaign will feature provocative propaganda art with the messages “Don’t Talk,” “Tell Nobody, Not Even Her” and “Silence Keeps Them Safe.” In addition, The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles will host a panel on Wednesday, July 9 with the ‘Manhattan’ cast and creative team that will also be streamed live here. And, ‘Manhattan’ co-branded charging stations will power up on the show floor at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, which be held from July 24 to July 27.

The 13-episode first season of ‘Manhattan’ will begin on WGN America on Sunday, July 27 at 9/8c.