18 April 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are many striking things about Salem (premieres Sun. April 20 at 10:00 p.m. on Wgn). There is a surplus of gross and gory stuff, plenty of Puritans, and some of the most anachronistic dialogue I've ever heard in a period drama. Apparently the writers decided that the best way to capture the olde time speake of the 17th century is in cliches like "you can't keep a good man down," "he's a chip off the old block,"  "he fights like a girl" and my favorite, "I call bullshit!" Yes, someone really says "I call bullshit," I kid thee not. Of course, it doesn't help that every actor (and, by extension, every character) seems to be operating on the belief he or she is in an entirely different project than the one they're in. As John Alden, Shane West ("Nikita") swaggers through Salem with plenty of snappy one-liners and an »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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