Published On: Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

Ashley Zukerman talks ‘Manhattan,’ playing Charlie, learning physics and the script

The new show from WGN, Manhattan, is set for a Sunday premiere and the show offers a ton of interesting characters, plots, secrets, sex and science. Star Ashley Zukerman took out time to talk with The Global Dispatch’s Dispatch Radio about the show ahead of the premiere.

Ashley Zukerman as Charlie Manhattan TV photoUPDATE: Note that Manhattan airs at 9pm ET, not at 10pm as discussed in the interview.

Zukerman talks about his character, Charlie, and the new hot shot scientist joining the Manhattan Project team. Ashley talks about the metaphors of secrecy, how his character doesn’t quite know what he’s signed on for and how he struggles emotional.

Manhattan was picked up for a full season and the first two episodes serve as a “two hour premiere” according to creator Sam Shaw.

Zukerman talks about the enjoyment of having such a strong character based approach to a whole season of storytelling. He confesses that he’s spent some time trying to learn the physics, but the full story is truly interesting.

Ashley couldn’t offer enough praise for the script, the cast and the incredible experience bringing the first season to life. One interesting aspect of the interview is Ashley and Brandon discussing the themes of the show contrasting this with the “glorifying” nature of espionage in Hollywood over of the years.

Manhattan brings to life the sacrifice of the scientists and their families working in the race to the atomic bomb.

Check out the full interview.

Manhattan airs on WGN Sundays 9pm ET/8 pm CT

For more from WGN on their show, posters and details visit their page for Manhattan HERE

Manhattan stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus and Daniel Stern.

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Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan


Atomic bomb in ground of city WGN Manhattan poster

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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