WGN America Renews ‘Manhattan’ for Season 2

WGN America Renews 'Manhattan' Season 2

WGN America has renewed its period drama “Manhattan” for a second season.

The decision comes a few days before the show’s first-season finale on Sunday. The renewal is not a surprise, as “Manhattan” — the second of the original drama series WGN America has fielded this year — has been generally well-received by critics and generated a small but devoted following. WGN America also renewed its first offering, “Salem,” for a sophomore run.

Set against the backdrop of the development of nuclear weapons in Los Alamos, N.M., in the 1940s, “Manhattan” is averaging about 1.2 million viewers in Nielsen’s Live Plus 7 measure. At this early stage, WGN America can’t expect much in the way of ratings for its originals, so buzz and critical praise is vital. “Manhattan” star John Benjamin Hickey (pictured) in particular has been lauded for his work on the show.

“Manhattan” was created by Sam Shaw and is exec produced by Shaw and helmer Thomas Schlamme for Lionsgate TV, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios. Skydance’s Marcy Ross, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg also exec produce.

“ ‘Manhattan’ represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the show’s widespread critical acclaim and its loyal audience,” said WGN America/Tribune Studios prexy-g.m. Matt Cherniss. “Sam, Tommy and the talented cast and creative team have so brilliantly brought to life the world of the Manhattan Project and we can’t wait to see what secrets and surprises await us in season two.”

Separately, Tribune Media on Tuesday announced plans for a stock buyback program of up to $400 million. Tribune shares at present trade on the OTC market although the company is in the process of setting up an IPO on a major exchange.

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  1. Jaquie Farmer says:

    Just want you to know that i will never watch the “cram homogeneity down your throat” in any TV program. Delete is a very handy button for immortality.

  2. sydney says:

    My husband and I absolutely love the show. We are on pins and needles until each Wednesday night at 9. Please keep the suspense coming but could do without the excessive promiscuity and certainly when it is homosexual in nature.

  3. Atom says:

    Thanks for renewing the show. Once you watch – you’re hooked!

  4. what a GREAT show…thrilled that it has been renewed. It is MUST WATCH TV!!!

  5. wdork says:

    excellent show and gracepoint murderer is ellies husband

  6. Andi S says:

    I’m very happy and excited that Manhatten has been picked up for a second season. This is a terrific show!

  7. Theresa Konwinski says:

    I didn’t get to finish my comment below related to my own typing error. That said, I wish more people were watching Manhattan. It is noted to have a “small but loyal following.” I think that since it’s on WGN, it may simply be getting missed. I actually stumbled upon it – don’t remember seeing any advertising, etc. Get the word out, people…it’s worth setting aside time for.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Interesting comment, and a very valid point. I did see quite a lot of advertising for it, but I may be in a targeted group. I did have the impression it was fairly well promoted.

  8. Theres says:

    Manhattan is one of the better shows on television. I’m extremely happy to know it was renewed.

  9. Trixie says:

    Terrific Show. Sorry to Rena Moretti…you don’t know what you’re talking about.
    Love this show, can’t wait to see where it goes.

  10. Rena Moretti says:

    It says a lot about WGN’s complete lack of confidence in their ability to find an OK-rated show that they’d renew this show which, frankly, has flopped.

    Once again, we’re left ot ask “why???”

  11. Nunya Bizzness says:

    Is it a full season order or another 13-episode cop-out???

  12. Luke Armijo says:

    Great writing on this show. I haven’t been this excited about a show since Breaking Bad!

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