Feb. 27, 2014 | 2:46 p.m.

Brannon Braga talks new TV treks with series ‘Salem,’ ‘Cosmos’ reboot

Janet Montgomery as “Mary Sibley” WGN America's "Salem,” premiering SUNDAY, April 20, 2014 (10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT) on WGN America. (WGN America)
This article has been corrected. See below. For some fans, Brannon Braga forever will be associated with Gene Roddenberry’s vast, influential universe — his work on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Enterprise,” not to mention his screenplays for “Star Trek: Generations” and “Star Trek: First Contact,” kept federation space at the forefront of many imaginations for years. But these days, it’s not the far-flung future or even the politics of present day, but the distant past that’s captivated the film and television veteran. Braga is executive producing both the supernatural-inflected series “Salem” and the reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary show “Cosmos,” featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Braga describes the 17th-century-set “Salem,” the WGN series that’s set to premiere April 20, as a “unique blend of ‘The Exorcist’ with a little David Lynch thrown in.” The show […]
Dec. 19, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Salem’ teaser: WGN America series latest to join TV coven

The new teaser for “Salem,” the first original scripted series from WGN America, makes it plain that 17th century Massachusetts will not tolerate the presence of witches. Created by Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), the new supernatural drama stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target”) as Mary Sibley, the city’s most powerful enchantress, and Shane West (“Nikita”) as John Alden, a hardened veteran who has a history with Mary. In the clip above, actor Seth Gabel, who plays a local witch-hunting aristocrat, can be heard in voiceover as a montage of images flashes by. Judging from the footage, more than a few witches run the risk of being burned. The cast also features Ashley Madekwe, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle. Filmed on location in Shreveport, La., “Salem” is set to […]
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