TV Picks: When WGN’s erotic exotic and quite frightening drama “Salem returns for its second season, as one of our favorites, Lucy Lawless, joins the cast as Countess Marburg—a Germanic witch who sets her sights on Mary. Premiering Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, WGN America’s hit supernatural thriller and the network’s first original scripted series returns with 13 episodes for a highly anticipated second season at the dawn of a Witch War.
Season two opens at the dawn of this epic war. As the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem’s most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne. The Countess is the oldest, baddest and last of the remaining Germanic witches, and when she crosses the path of Sibley, she’s smitten and wants what she has, and used a charm offensive and history of violence to extract it.
WGN America has released an EXTENDED full-season trailer for its hit supernatural thriller “SALEM,” just in time for the highly anticipated second season which premieres on Sunday.
From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), Salem is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th-century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg.
New to the cast of “Salem” for season two are Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle and Oliver Bell.
Salem’s ruthless leading witch, Mary Sibley has just completed the elusive Grand Rite – a deadly supernatural ritual that unleashed a devastating plague on the town’s unsuspecting citizens. As death and disease continue to spread through the war-torn village, Mary must face off against adversaries old and new, from within Salem and beyond, who are vying for her throne in the battle for control over Salem.
Left for dead physically and emotionally, former war hero John Alden returns to Salem to take down the woman he loves, Mary, before she can destroy everything and everyone around her. Haunted by guilt, Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel) is on a path of redemption, determined to right the wrongs he left behind.
The protector of the abused, Mercy (Elise Eberle) becomes the abuser as she seeks vengeance against the one who betrayed her – Mary. With the sudden return of the son (Oliver Bell) she thought she gave up years ago, Mary must also contend with emerging threats from within the ranks of her own coven, which conspired against her to secretly keep him alive – including her mysterious servant Tituba (Ashley Madekwe), whose allegiances are slippery and motives unclear. Mary’s most vital task is shoring up support from Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant), whose newly discovered can render her either a powerful ally or a deadly foe.
Mary learns early on just how much help she needs when the aftermath of the Grand Rite prompts new visitors to descend upon Salem, each with their own agendas – including Countess Marburg (Lucy Lawless), the last of an ancient and powerful line of German witches; her charming, cultured and extremely loyal son, Baron Sebastian Marburg (Joe Doyle); and the mysterious Dr. Samuel Wainwright (Stuart Townsend), who looks to uncover the secrets of Salem and its plague while its first victim, Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg), lies helpless.
From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), SALEM is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly reimagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in Colonial Massachusetts. The series is executive produced by Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, Josh Barry, Jeff Kwatinez, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. Filmed on location in Shreveport, Louisiana, the series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.
Viewers can catch up on all 13 episodes of the first season when WGN America airs a SALEM: Season One marathon on Saturday, April 4 from 7 a.m. — 8 p.m. ET.
Salem season 2 premieres Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. on WGN America.