WGN America’s Manhattan has one some of the most gorgeous production design on TV. From the sets to the props to the costumes, Manhattan delivers a gorgeous and immersive viewing experience that drops you right into the landscape of 1940s Americana. Set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Manhattan follows the group of brilliant minds behind the Manhattan Project, who were responsible for developing the atomic bomb. Isolated together on “the hill” under extreme lock and key, the scientists and their loved ones find their lives in disarray as they sacrifice their freedom, compromise their ethics, and risk their sanity in the race to design the ultimate weapon.
During the final days of filming on Season 2, I visited the set of Manhattan in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I had a chance to speak with series creator Sam Shaw, EP Thomas Schlamme, and cast members John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukermen, Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher Denham, Michael Chernus, Katja Herbers and Harry Lloyd. Giving the stunning sets that surround them on set, I had to ask them all if they “borrowed” anything from the show. Check out what they had to say below.
Manhattan airs Tuesday nights on WGNA. Here’s the official Season 2 synopsis.
Created by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”) and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”), the all-new season of “Manhattan” will take viewers inside the world of Los Alamos, where locked away from everyone else, scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one bloody war and usher in another — the Cold War waiting just over the atomic horizon — all while foreign spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within.