A Second Season for Manhattan!

WGN Amer­ica has renewed its period drama “Man­hat­tan” for a sec­ond season.

The deci­sion comes a few days before the show’s first-season finale on Sun­day. The renewal is not a sur­prise, as “Man­hat­tan” — the sec­ond of the orig­i­nal drama series WGN Amer­ica has fielded this year — has been gen­er­ally well-received by crit­ics and gen­er­ated a small but devoted fol­low­ing. WGN Amer­ica also renewed its first offer­ing, “Salem,” for a sopho­more run.

Man­hat­tan” was cre­ated by Sam Shaw and is exec pro­duced by Shaw and helmer Thomas Schlamme for Lion­s­gate TV, Sky­dance Tele­vi­sion and Tri­bune Stu­dios. Skydance’s Marcy Ross, David Elli­son and Dana Gold­berg also exec produce.

‘Man­hat­tan’ rep­re­sents the kind of high-quality orig­i­nal series we aim to deliver at WGN Amer­ica, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the show’s wide­spread crit­i­cal acclaim and its loyal audi­ence,” said WGN America/Tribune Stu­dios prexy-g.m. Matt Cherniss. “Sam, Tommy and the tal­ented cast and cre­ative team have so bril­liantly brought to life the world of the Man­hat­tan Project and we can’t wait to see what secrets and sur­prises await us in sea­son two.”

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