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MANHATTAN’s Cast and Creators Talk About the Intersection of Science and Humanity

There are a lot of interesting stories one can tell when bridging the gap between our quest for knowledge and our understanding of life as it exists currently. Such is the hook of WGN America’s latest, Manhattan, though: things are messy, complicated, on the cutting edge while simultaneously human — meaning a bomb (literal or otherwise) could go off at any moment. Which is exactly why the subject matter is so thrilling.

Beyond the science — though we find all of that very interesting and delightfully nerdy — there’s an incubator of interpersonal relationships living in an extreme environment, making for some truly fascinating television. Naturally, we jumped at the chance to chat about how these issues come into play when we sat down with the cast and crew of the series while on set in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Yeah, that’s right — we know where they’re hiding the atomic bomb but no, we won’t tell you where. (Some secrets really are meant to be just that. Plus we don’t know you! You could be Kim Jong-Un for all we know. No offense.)

Manhattan airs Sundays on WGN America (check those local listings — it’s worth it, we swear). It was created by Masters of Sex writer Sam Shaw and The West Wing director (inventor of the beloved walk-and-talk) Thomas Schlamme and stars John Benjamin Hickey (The Good Wife, Pitch Perfect, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Olivia Williams (An Education, The Sixth Sense, Dollhouse), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, The Blacklist), Michael Chernus (Orange is The New Black), Christopher Denham (Argo), Steve Larese (Terra Nova), Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, and Ashley Zukerman.

Also episodes are available on Hulu RIGHT NOW! You literally have no excuse.

Have you been watching Manhattan? Let’s dissect it in the comments!

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  1. KristineAz says:

    I didn’t know this show existed until last week when I read an article in Entertainment Weekly. I immediately went to OnDemand to watch the past episodes and I’ve now set as a permanent record in my DVR. I like the characters, I like the interaction, and so far the show has been engrossing and interesting.