William Petersen will be returning to series television with a role in WGN America’s Manhattan, marking his first series role since departing CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Petersen joins a cast led by John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, and Daniel Stern. The cast also includes Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, and Michael Chernus.
Manhattan was created and written by Sam Shaw. Thomas Schlamme directs the series which is set to start shooting season two next month. Shaw, Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason are executive producers.
According to WGN America’s casting announcement, Petersen will play Colonel Emmett Darrow, “the enigmatic new ranking military officer at Los Alamos, as a series regular for season two. A deeply religious and patriotic man, Darrow feels called by God to usher in the atomic future, and to spread American values across the globe.”
Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the greatest race against time in the history of science — the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. The series follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
-By Rebecca Murray
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