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"Manhattan" (TV show) is a drama series on WGN America that is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science: the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The series follows the brilliant-but-flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Fueled by mystery and suspense, "Manhattan" is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside "The Hill," a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world's highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can't be found on any map — a place where men and women are torn between duty and their moral values, husbands and wives conceal the truth from each other and their families, the military keeps secrets from the scientists they chaperone, and the scientists keep secrets from each other. "Manhattan" depicts the wonder, danger and deceit that shadowed the first "nuclear" families.

Glen Babbit (Daniel Stern) mentors the younger scientists and helps them navigate the political minefield of Los Alamos. Charlie Isaacs (Ashley Zukerman), a wunderkind, becomes as expert in deception as he is in equations and his wife, Abby Isaacs (Rachel Brosnahan), emerges as an unlikely leader among the other wives. Frank's wife, Liza (Olivia Williams) is a scientist in her own right — a botanist who has put her own career on hold to move to the desert with her husband and their rebellious 16-year-old daughter Callie (Alexia Fast), and in the process begins to uncover unsettling changes in their environment. Ambitious British scientist Paul Crosley (Harry Lloyd) takes advantage of every opportunity for upward mobility, even at the expense of the man who recruited him for the Manhattan Project. Helen Prins (Katja Herbers) is one of the few female scientists assigned to the project and remains a complete mystery to her male colleagues, including Jim Meeks (Christopher Denham), Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz (Michael Chernus) and Sid Liao (Eddie Shin).

The cast includes John Benjamin Hickey ("The Big C," "The Good Wife") as Frank Winter; Olivia Williams ("Rushmore," "The Ghost Writer") as Liza Winter; Daniel Stern ("Home Alone," "Home Alone 2") as Glen Babbit; Ashley Zukerman ("Rush") as Charlie Isaacs; Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards") as Abby Isaacs; Katja Herbers ("De Storm") as Helen Prins; Alexia Fast ("Jack Reacher") as Callie Winter; Christopher Denham ("Argo," "Shutter Island") as Jim Meeks; Harry Lloyd ("Game of Thrones") as Paul Crosley; Michael Chernus ("The Big C," "Orange Is The New Black") as Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz; and Eddie Shin ("Men of a Certain Age") as Sid Liao.

WGN America's "Manhattan" is produced by Skydance Television, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate Television, the TV division of Lionsgate. The series is written and created by Sam Shaw ("Masters of Sex") and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing"), who also both serve as executive producers alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.


Network: WGN America
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: July 27, 2014
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
Lionsgate Television
Skydance Television
Tribune Studios

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