Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WGN America Cancels 'Manhattan' After 2 Seasons

WGN America has opted not to order any more episodes of its original drama series Manhattan. The drama aired for two seasons and produced 23 episodes. The series wrapped its run on December 15, 2015.

"After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of Manhattan," said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager of WGN America. "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."

Added Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television: "Sam Shaw and Tommy Schlamme gave us a tremendously powerful television series chronicling the lives of those immersed in the race to build an atomic bomb in the dog days of World War II. Their masterful depictions of small victories, devastating betrayals and the high-price of freedom will never be forgotten - just as the monstrous power wrought by splitting the atom indelibly scarred our world forever. We are thankful to our partners at Skydance, WGN America, Tribune Entertainment and Hulu for making the series possible and to our many fans in the U.S. and across the globe for watching along with us."

"It has been an honor to work with the exceptionally talented creative team of Manhattan, led by Tommy Schlamme, Sam Shaw and our partners at Lionsgate, WGN, Tribune and Hulu," said Marcy Ross, President of Skydance Television. "Thank you to the fans of Manhattan across the globe who have supported the critically acclaimed series over the last two years."

The drama starred John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Daniel Stern, Katja Herbers, Harry Lloyd, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Michael Chernus and William Petersen.

Sam Shaw created the drama, and served as executive producer with Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.