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WGN Orders Period Drama <i>Salem</i> From <i>Star Trek's</i> Brannon Braga

WGN America is conjuring up its own live-action original series, beginning with Salem, a drama from Brannon Braga and Adam Simon set during the infamous witch trials of 1692 and 1693.

Described as a mix of action, romance and the supernatural, the drama purportedly explores what really fueled the panic in colonial Massachusetts: "In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem -- and an even bolder new vision of witches."

Braga was a writer and producer on shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, 24 and Terra Nova, while Simon wrote Brain Dead and The Haunting in Connecticut. The two penned the 13-episode series and will act as executive producers. Salem is produced by 20th Century Fox Television's Fox 21 division, which is behind the hit dramas Homeland and Sons of Anarchy.

"Brannon and Adam have an amazing vision for the world and characters that comprise Salem, Massachusetts during the witch trials and we believe that a great adventure full of supernatural, romance, and action awaits the viewer," Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America, said in a statement. "In addition, everyone here at WGN America feels fortunate to have the support of Fox 21 and 20th Television as we embark on our first foray in original scripted programming."

Production on Salem is expected to begin this fall with an eye toward a 2014 debut.

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