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Ashley Madekwe Joins WGN's First Scripted Series 'Salem' Based On Witch Trials

by Natasha Greeves
December 24, 2013 2:07 PM
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Ashley Madekwe

Now that her character has been written out of ABC's Revenge in this season's premiere, Ashley Madekwe has joined the cast of WGN America's period drama Salem, which is based on the real-life Salem witch trials, which were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts in the 1600s.

Madekwe will play a character named Tituba, one of the first women accused of witchcraft. 

"I had a costume fitting today, and it's quite a different look for me than I had on 'Revenge'... The series takes place in the 1690s. In our version, there really are witches, but they're not the ones being accused," Madekwe says.

Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: The Next Generation) created the series, along with Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut).

Janet Montgomery and Shane West star.

Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle round out the starring cast.

Salem, the first original scripted series from WGN America, will debut in the spring. 

Watch a teaser below:

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  • D.C. Kirkwood | December 27, 2013 10:11 AMReply

    Hopefully she will get a strong story line for her character. She is young and cute but she isn't a strong actress. I think she has potential based on what I saw on Revenge but she probably would be better doing comedy or stage. JMO

  • Evan | December 25, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    I hope this is lot better than American Horror Story: Coven which was disgusting and made Witches look like sociopaths. The truth about the Salem Witch Trials is that very few of those tried and executed were actually Witches necessarily. Also, if they did practice Witchcraft, it did not look like the Witchcraft of today.

  • We Know | December 24, 2013 6:01 PMReply

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