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WGN Greenlights Sophomore Season Of ‘Manhattan’

WGN America has renewed its drama series Manhattan on the heels of the show’s season one finale Sunday.

The series, which chronicles events leading up to the development of the first atomic bomb, is averaging 1.2 million viewers in its freshman season  (Live +7). The series finale is set for Oct. 19 at 10 p.m.

The second season will debut in 2015.

Manhattan is created and written by Sam Shaw, directed by Thomas Schlamme and produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios.

 “Manhattan represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the show’s widespread critical acclaim and its loyal audience," said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America. "Sam, Tommy and the talented cast and creative team have so brilliantly brought to life the world of the Manhattan Project and we can’t wait to see what secrets and surprises await us in season two.”

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