No, it’s not a TV version of Woody Allen’s masterpiece, but a look at one of the major moments of modern science and warfare. WGN America’s “Manhattan” covers the race in Los Alamos, New Mexico to make the first atomic bomb, and the personal problems it caused in the lives of the scientists and families who had to keep it a secret.
The first trailer doesn’t show too much — it’s seems to be more of a mood-setter than anything else — but it does give a glimpse at the terrific cast, which includes Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Michael Chernus (“Orange Is the New Black”) and John Benjamin Hickey (“The Good Wife”). “In war, secrets can save lives. At home, secrets destroy everything you love.” Sounds like a perfect thesis for the subject.
The 13-episode series is set to premiere in July. The show was written and created by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”) and directed by Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”). Watch the trailer below.