Scoop: Jersey Girl Janet Montgomery, Nikita Villain Join WGN America's Witchy Drama Salem

Janet Montgomery SalemMade in Jersey‘s Janet Montgomery will next find herself Bewitched in Massachusetts.

The actress has snagged the lead role in WGN America’s first scripted drama series Salem, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, Nikita‘s Xander Berkeley will co-star in the witch-themed project, which is set in the 17th century and explores the town’s infamous witch trials.

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Montgomery plays lead sorceress Mary Sibley, the confident and powerful wife of the ancient, ailing but very wealthy George Sibley. xander berkeley salemBerkeley, meanwhile, will recur as Magistrate Hale, a politician who believes in pomp and circumstance.

The cast also includes Revenge‘s Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s alluring and ageless right-hand woman and Fringe‘s Seth Gabel as a local aristocrat who oversees the witch hunts.

Salem, from Star Trek vet Brannon Braga, is scheduled to debut on WGN America in Spring 2014.

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  1. Jellymoff says:

    Oh good, we need another witch show.

    • Tori says:

      lol, from a short summary of the show I read on the press release by WGN, I have a funny feeling the show will have a scifi spin on the Salem witch hunts, my theory, they are actually aliens but to the 17th century minds they would be witches. Brannon Braga is a well known name in Scifi, so that also fuels my hunch.

  2. kchamley says:

    Madekwe and Montgomery are gonna be an amazing duo! I adore those actresses. seems like a pretty cool show

  3. Melissa says:

    Hope they get some of the actual history right, like most of the “witches” being from Salem Village (now Danvers and part of Beverly) and not Salem Town (current Salem) and that the convicted were hung not burned.

  4. Ray says:

    Who’s playing Tituba?

  5. Tessa says:

    so when is series 2 scheduled to come out on netflix?