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WGN America's first scripted drama is American Horror Story Lite, a conventional dark fantasy with an unconventional angle on history. Those Salem witch trials? A conspiracy hatched by real witches! Janet Montgomery (Human Target) is Mary, manipulated by supernatural forces to facilitate an occult takeover of a town lousy with rotten Puritans who deserve some hellacious comeuppance. The now generally accepted Salem narrative moral panic; the subjugation of women; the demonization of sexuality is fancifully affirmed and exploited for shocks, like a possessed girl, leashed and dog-walked. The gag with the frog alone makes the pilot worth a skim. B–
Geochemist Clair Patterson calculated the age of the earth and publicized the dangers of lead. Something to think about next time you're about to mention how awesome you are at beer pong.
Tywin extends an olive branch. Into someone's skull?
Eva Longoria proves even the dreams of hot, famous executive producers can come true by directing this episode.