5:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comic-Con: 'Salem' Renewed for Third Season
WGN America will continue to get witchy with it.
The cable network announced Saturday at its Comic-Con panel that it has renewed the Janet Montgomery period drama for a third season.
The supernatural drama recently concluded its sophomore season, averaging 1.1 million total viewers and 545,000 total viewers on Sundays, with seven days of delayed viewing. The series doubled its Live+7 viewership among total viewers year-over-year.
Production on season three — which will be back for a full 13-episode order — will resume later this year for a 2016 debut.
The Fox 21 series hails from showrunners Brannon Braga and Adam Simon and wrapped its second run with a cliffhanger featuring Montgomery, whose Mary seemingly gave up her own life to save true love John (Shane West).
"Mary is dead; she gave her life to save John, which is heartbreaking and the perfect ending to the season — these doomed lovers again in each other's arms," Braga told The Hollywood Reporter in June. "Make no mistake: she's dead. The question becomes, 'How will she come to life? How will she live? What will it mean? What's going to happen?' These are things we've only been talking about but haven't settled on. Obviously Mary Sibley is the emotional epicenter of the show, so it's hard to imagine the show without her. And yet at the same time, who knows?"
Salem is WGN America's first original scripted drama. The cabler's roster also includes Manhattan, Titans, Underground, Outsiders and a 10 Commandments mini.
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