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WGN America Cancels ‘Manhattan’

WGN America has cancelled its drama series Manhattan after two seasons, the network announced Wednesday.

The drama, which chronicled the development of the Manhattan Project, was the network’s second scripted series behind Salem. The series ended its second season this past December.

“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, WGN America and Tribune Studios 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.”

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