Salem: Inside Look Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

See all of our " Salem " coverage on DreadCentral. In “Salem” witches are real , but they are not who or what they seem. The show , which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation , delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches. “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley , Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome , hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather , who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious , carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale , an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton. “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark , supernatural truth behind them. Created , executive-produced and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga and Adam Simon , “Salem” is WGN America’s first original scripted series and launches the network’s strategy to become a dedicated purveyor of innovative scripted fare.