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First episode date  20 April 2014
Location  Shreveport
7.2/10 IMDb

Composer(s)  Tyler Bates
Network  WGN America
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Genre  Horror Supernatural fiction Drama Thriller
Created by  Brannon Braga Adam Simon
Starring  Janet Montgomery Shane West Seth Gabel Tamzin Merchant Ashley Madekwe Elise Eberle Iddo Goldberg Xander Berkeley Joe Doyle Oliver Bell
Theme music composer  Marilyn Manson Tyler Bates
Opening theme  "Cupid Carries a Gun" by Marilyn Manson
Cast  Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant
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Salem is an American supernatural horror television series created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, inspired by the real Salem witch trials in the 17th century. The series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, a powerful witch who controls the Salem witch trials by exacerbating hysteria among the Puritans while executing her plan of summoning the Devil. Problems arise when her long lost love, John Alden (played by Shane West), returns to Salem, complicating Mary's plans. The show has prominent elements of Gothic romance.

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The series premiered on WGN America on April 20, 2014, becoming the network's first original scripted series. As the network's first and highest-rated series, it was renewed for a second season on May 15, 2014. A third season was commissioned on July 11, 2015 and premiered on November 2, 2016. On December 13, 2016, it was announced that WGN had cancelled the show after three seasons, with the final episode airing on January 25, 2017.

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Development

The series first appeared as part of WGN America's development slate in July 2012, under the title Malice. On June 4, 2013, WGN America bypassed the pilot stage and placed a series order for 13 episodes, under the new title Salem. On November 8, 2013, filming of the series began in Shreveport, Louisiana, on an expansive set reflecting 17th-century Massachusetts.

On May 15, 2014, Salem was renewed for a 13-episode second season by WGN America.

On July 11, 2015, Salem was renewed for a 10-episode third season by WGN America. It began production on January 21, 2016.

Casting

Casting announcements began in October 2013, with Ashley Madekwe first cast in the role of Tituba. Seth Gabel was the next actor cast, in the regular role of Cotton Mather. Janet Montgomery and Xander Berkeley were cast in the lead role of Mary Sibley and the role of Magistrate Hale, respectively. Shane West later signed onto the series regular role of John Alden. Also cast was Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale. Elise Eberle was later cast in the series regular role of Mercy Lewis. On the June 1, 2014 episode, Stephen Lang joined the cast in the recurring role of Increase Mather.

After the first season, Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend joined Salem recurring roles of Countess Marburg and Samuel Wainwright, respectively. Joe Doyle and Oliver Bell have also joined the second season in regular roles of Baron Sebastian Marburg and Mary's lost son, respectively.

Home media

The first season was released on DVD in the United States on October 28, 2014 by Fox Home Entertainment.

The second season was released on DVD on April 5, 2016, and is manufactured by Amazon's CreateSpace MOD Program.

Critical reception

Critical reaction to Salem has been mixed to positive, scoring 49 out of 100, based on 16 critic reviews, on Metacritic. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season scored 54%, with an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 based on 26 critic reviews, although 81% of audiences enjoyed the show. Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times, upon reviewing the first season, said the show is "brash and well executed... perversely entertaining". He went on to say that "when 'Salem' isn’t being deliberately outrageous, it's cultivating a dynamic that could be fruitful as things move along. Here in the 21st century, science and reason rule, but in a world of sorcery, clinging to rationality just makes you stupid." Mark Dawidziak of Plain Dealer gave the first few episodes a positive review, saying "Slowly drawing you into its heightened version of that Puritan community, 'Salem' casts its spell with an opening episode that is a witch's brew of romance, fear, deceit, revenge, hysteria, evil and uncertainty."

Ratings


The series premiere rose to 3.4 million viewers in Live+7 ratings, and had more than 1.5 million viewers in adults 18–49.

The season two premiere rose 150% in adults 18–49 in Live+7 ratings, from 0.2 to 0.5, while it rose to 1.5 million viewers in Live+3. The second episode rose 300% from 0.1 to 0.4.

References

Salem (TV series) Wikipedia


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