Last year, WGN America’s series Manhattan emerged as one of the year’s most innovative and compelling new dramas, and one of the best shows you probably didn’t watch. Set in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the nuclear arms race, 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.
I recently 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. I’ve got some more in-depth interviews headed your way, but we had a bit of fun extrapolating the theme of isolation to it’s furthest measure. If they had to be stranded on a desert island with one of the characters on the show, who would they pick? They almost all chose the same character, and if you’re a fan of the series, I bet you can guess who it is. Check out their answers below.
Manhattan season 2 premieres this Tuesday night on WGN America.
Here’s the official Manhattan 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.