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Published On: Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

Creator Sam Shaw examines WGN’s ‘Manhattan,’ the ‘amazing’ cast and crew

WGN is set to debut their new scripted show Manhattan, centering on the brilliant minds that came together in Los Alamos to create the atom bomb. Creator Sam Shaw set aside time to talk with The Global Dispatch’s Dispatch Radio about the show ahead of the Sunday premiere.

(L-R) Olivia Williams as Liza Winter, John Benjamin Hickey as Frank Winter, Daniel Stern as Glen Babbit, Ashley Zukerman as Charlie Isaacs and Rachel Brosnahan as Abby Isaacs in WGN America’s “Manhattan,” premiering SUNDAY, JULY 27 (9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT)

(L-R) Olivia Williams as Liza Winter, John Benjamin Hickey as Frank Winter, Daniel Stern as Glen Babbit, Ashley Zukerman as Charlie Isaacs and Rachel Brosnahan as Abby Isaacs in WGN America’s “Manhattan,” premiering SUNDAY, JULY 27 (9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT)

UPDATE: Note that Manhattan airs at 9pm ET, not at 10pm as discussed in the interview.

Shaw details the creative process, what inspired his vision to bring 1943 Los Alamos to life and capture this time in American history. He then discusses the deeper themes, the show’s efforts to reveal the sacrifice by these individuals yet the rampant sexism and prejudices of the time.

Manhattan was picked up for a full season and the first two episodes serve as a “two hour premiere” in a “thirteen hour movie” instead of the traditional pilot loaded with a car chase and bizarre twist to ensure the network picks up the show.

Shaw talks about that impacting the storytelling process and how the cast has responded with amazing performances, surprising and impressing him. Manhattan also captures the time with detailed costuming and set designs, which truly amazed Shaw. Brandon and Sam have some fun and laughs, joking about a “tour” of the set as a tourist attraction.

Sam Shaw is an up and coming TV writer and Manhattan is a big step for audiences to take notice of his talents.

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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Get some of the top stories on The Dispatch covering WGN’s Manhattan HERE

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Tell Nobobdy secrets Manhattan WGN poster

 

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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