So remember that Ashley Madekwe left Revenge? She left the show that made her 'famous' for WGN's first original series, Salem, which starts in the US on Sunday. It's set in the 17th century during the Salem witch hunts of Mississippi.
Here's the show's trailer
Now Meet the Cast
Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley
Beautiful, ruthless and vulnerable, Mary Sibley is Salem’s most powerful enchantress, with a deep secret and deeper desires that may threaten her position and strength. Both villainess and heroine – she is always the center of attention. Mary uses her position of power and influence not only to promote her personal ascension within Salem, but to wreak revenge upon those whose hypocrisy and cruelty lead Mary to her current struggles.
Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale
A fearless girl, Anne Hale is a beautiful, talented artist with a perilous attraction to the newly arrived John Alden. A passing vision that makes the ladies envious and men fall in love; Anne is always testing boundaries – so much so that it deeply concerns the Puritans. Since she is the daughter of the powerful Magistrate Hale, people expect her to behave in a certain way. However, Anne is a rebel who doesn’t like to play by the town’s old rules.
Ashley Madekwe as Tituba
Mysterious and mysteriously ageless, Tituba is the indispensable helper to Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful woman. Tituba is ostensibly Mary’s servant in the Sibley household, but in private, behaves as if she’s Mary’s superior. There is a great deal of history between Tituba and Mary – they have experienced unthinkable deeds throughout the years.
Although closely tied to Mary, the beautiful and exotic Tituba has powers and secrets all her own.
Shane West as John Aiden
Handsome, pragmatic and hardened war veteran John Alden is Mary’s onetime love interest who returns to his native Salem to find it consumed in a witch hunt frenzy. Salem itself seems to have gone mad – civil liberties have been suspended, torture implemented – gripped by the fear and paranoia of recent witch hunts. Alden doesn’t believe a bit of it. He realizes that he must save Salem because Salem is the fate of the New World – and if he can, then Mary, too, will be saved.
Seth Gabel as Cotton Mather
Driven by secret obsessions and desire, Cotton Mather is the well-educated local aristocrat who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt. The foremost expert on witches and malice, Cotton is responsible for the first bestseller published in America about the subject: Glimpses of the Invisible World. But even as he is hunting witches, he lives under the shadow of his very famous father and agonizes about living up to him. Cotton is a man of contradiction. He is a God-fearing Believer that strives to uphold the law, and yet he has demons inside himself that he is too afraid to exorcise.
Xander Berkeley as Magistrate Hale
Magistrate Hale is Salem’s chief politician who believes in pomp and circumstance. The father of Anne Hale, Magistrate Hale is a close confidant of Mary Sibley’s and a member of the selectman, the most powerful body in town. Though a Puritan, Magistrate Hale is part of a progressive movement that believes in the fair treatment of witches. But he’s got a mask up, and you aren’t quite sure what is behind the mask.
There's no word on when we'll be getting the show yet. But we will update.