WGN’s Manhattan canceled after two seasons


WGN’s show Manhattan, about the Manhattan Project aka atomic bomb that ended WWII, has been officially canceled. The show was praised by critics but was modest in their ratings.

WGN America and Tribune Studios President and General Manager Matt Cherniss said in a statement, “After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of Manhattan. 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 (creator/executive producer) Sam Shaw and (director/executive producer) 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.”

The show was one of the firsts to showcase the Manhattan Project, which was the secret development of the atomic bomb during World War II. It had the support of many critics and science lovers – including theAtomic Heritage Foundation.

We are sad to see it go. It was one of the well-written shows that incorporated history and science into a dramatic storyline. It also featured amazing acting from John Benjamin Hickey and Olivia Williams.

Thank you for great writing and acting, Manhattan and creator Sam Shaw.

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