The merging of those made them feel like shows I felt had an opportunity for success and an opportunity to bring an eyeball to the network. At the end of the day, Manhattan wasn’t able to generate a large enough audience, and I think that Salem ran its course and told its story.
With Manhattan and Salem departed (or soon to be, in case of the latter), Underground and Outsiders are WGN’s current shining lights. On the appeal of both series, Cherniss said:
I felt these shows all had something to say about America, whether they took place 400 years ago or present day like Outsiders, they were really speaking to us and had something to say today. It occurred to me that If we could make America in WGN America mean something, not just be part of a name but something that we can own that, that would be a good way to define ourselves.
Do you miss Manhattan? Did Salem run out of story?
Underground and Outsiders are entering their second seasons. Will they make it to a third? Stay tuned…