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Published On: Tue, Jun 24th, 2014

WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ posters star the ‘atomic bomb’ ahead of July release

WGN’s second scripted series takes vieweres to 1940’s Los Alamos, New Mexico during the race to build the first atomic bomb – The Manhattan Project. Manhattan was written and created by Masters of Sex brainiac Sam Shaw with The West Wing’s Thomas Schlamme acting as showrunner.

(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)

The ominous presence of the bomb, in the clouds, in the ground and the theme of secrecy convey the true realism of the time. Manhattan promises to explore the cost of secrets and the corrosive effect they have on individuals, families and their relationships.

The new scripted series follows those scientists, and their families, as they live and work in a town that itself is classified.

The show is executive produced by Shaw, Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thompson. The show is filmed on location in New Mexico, and is produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios.

The cast includes John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C,” “The Good Wife”) as Frank Winter; Olivia Williams (“Rushmore,” “The Ghost Writer”) as Liza Winter; Daniel Stern (“Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2”) as Glen Babbit; Ashley Zukerman (“Rush”) as Charlie Isaacs; Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”) as Abby Isaacs; Katja Herbers (“De Storm”) as Helen Prins; Alexia Fast (“Jack Reacher”) as Callie Winter; Christopher Denham (“Argo,” “Shutter Island”) as Jim Meeks; Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones”) as Paul Crosley; Michael Chernus (“The Big C,” “Orange Is The New Black”) as Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz; and Eddie Shin (“Men of a Certain Age”) as Sid Liao.

Glen Babbit (Stern) mentors the younger scientists and helps them navigate the political minefield of Los Alamos.  Charlie Isaacs (Zukerman), a wunderkind, becomes as expert in deception as he is in equations and his wife, Abby Isaacs (Brosnahan), emerges as an unlikely leader among the other wives.  Frank’s wife, Liza (Williams) is a scientist in her own right—a botanist who has put her own career on hold to move to the desert with her husband and their rebellious 16-year-old daughter Callie (Fast), and in the process begins to uncover unsettling changes in their environment.  Ambitious British scientist Paul Crosley (Lloyd) takes advantage of every opportunity for upward mobility, even at the expense of the man who recruited him for the Manhattan Project.  Helen Prins (Herbers) is one of the few female scientists assigned to the project and remains a complete mystery to her male colleagues, including Jim Meeks (Denham), Louis “Fritz” Fedowitz (Chernus) and Sid Liao (Shin)

Manhattan premieres Sunday, June 27 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT.

Check out the full trailer HERE

 

atomic bomb cloud Manhattan poster

Tell Nobobdy secrets Manhattan WGN poster

Atomic bomb in ground of city WGN Manhattan poster

 

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