Matt Cherniss, the new president and general manager of WGN America, is trying to rebrand the network using the mode of edgy original programming he successfully deployed at FX and Fox. WGN America has a pair of drama series in the works -- "Salem," about the famous witch trials, and "Manhattan," which goes behind the scenes of the Los Alamos labs during the development of the atomic bomb. The goal is to take viewers "to worlds you've never been to before and tell big operatic stories," Cherniss said.

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