The Making of Salem: On the set of WGN America’s first drama series

WGN America’s first original drama series, “Salem” premieres Sunday, April 20th.

As the cast and crew were filming, WQAD was invited to go behind the scenes on the set of the show in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The show is a supernatural take on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Emmy-nominated Brannon Braga serves as the co-creator, executive producer and writer of “Salem.” He’s well-known for his work on “Star Trek” as creator, writer and executive producer of more than 300 episodes of the series.

In “Salem,” the witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. Janet Montgomery stars as the powerful and ruthless Mary Sibley. Her re-ignited romance with former love John Alden, played by Shane West, comes as the town is gripped by witch hunt hysteria.

During our behind-the-scenes-tour, we visited the outdoor set, built on 30 acres outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. At the center of the town are the massive gallows where suspected witches will be pushed to confess.

The attention to detail is evident all around the set, from the street signs to the set decorations. It’s also chosen with careful attention to what life was actually like in the 17th century.

“Salem” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on WGN America.

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