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WGN America Cancels Drama ‘Manhattan’

This is the First Scripted on the Cable Net to Get the Boot

WGN America will not move forward on a third season of scripted drama “Manhattan,” which was set at the time of the Manhattan Project and focused on Los Alamos, New Mexico, a town the outside world knows nothing about. It debuted on July 27, 2014, and the now official final episode was on Dec. 15, 2015.

WGN America president and GM Matt Cherniss called the move a “very difficult decision,” saying in a statement: “We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series. We are equally grateful to the dedicated fans for their support over the last two seasons.”

Twenty three episodes of “Manhattan” in total were produced.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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