The series — based on the secretive Manhattan Project — will premiere at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 27. The show is created and written by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”) and directed by Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”).
“Manhattan” is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside “the Hill,” a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map — a place where men and women are torn between duty and their moral values, husbands and wives conceal the truth from each other and their families, the military keeps secrets from the scientists they chaperone, and the scientists keep secrets from each other. “Manhattan” depicts the wonder, danger and deceit that shadowed the first “nuclear” families.
The ensemble cast of “Manhattan” includes John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus and Eddie Shin. Skydance Television developed and are producing the project.
“Manhattan” is WGN America’s second original scripted series; the first, “Salem,” was recently renewed for season two.