The Cast Of 'Manhattan' Is The Show's Secret Weapon — Forget the A-Bomb

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There's no doubt that Manhattan is making a big splash for a teeny-tiny network. The WWII-era drama is only the second scripted series for WGN — the first was the also-period Salem — and the L.A. Times reports that the debut "more than [tripled] the network's season-to date average of 300,000 among total viewers on Sundays during that same time slot." And why wouldn't viewers check it out? It's got all the makings of a prestige cable drama a la Mad Men, with its period setting, ensemble cast, and moody atmosphere.

The show revolves around a team of scientists working on the super-secret Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as well as their in-the-dark family members who've been trotted out into the desert with them. "Welcome to nowhere," one character greets a newcomer in the series premiere.

But Manhattan the show isn't content to be nowhere — it's clearly looking to earn a place on the TV map, along with other worthy dramas. And the series has its own — if you'll pardon the expression — secret weapon up its sleeve: its cast. The radiation surrounding Los Alamos is only a concern if we care about the people living on top of it. And, thankfully, the show has assembled an ensemble that's worthy of the task, with a mixture of award-winning and character actors from film, TV, and even theater. Take a look at some of the show's cast members...

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