Arts, Entertainment, Living
Another cable network rushes into the original scripted programming fray this weekend with WGN America’s debut of “Salem” (10 p.m. Sunday), a loopy but-not-loopy-enough witch show.
Set in 17th-century Massachusetts, the “Salem” pilot is long on set-up and doesn’t get crazy until about 30 minutes in when a witch appears to give the Heimlich to a wheelchair bound elderly man, who vomits up a frog, which then appears to suck on the witch’s thigh before she shoves the frog back down her husband’s throat.
Perhaps if “Salem” had gone for the crazy earlier – a literal backwoods, witchcraft-induced abortion isn’t as sensational – it might be more appealing to viewers with an appreciation for cheesy TV. But the “Salem” pilot is rather plodding except when occasionally punctuated by these more gonzo scenes.
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