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October 14, 2014 at 03:00 PM EDT

Ahead of its first season finale, Manhattan has been renewed for a second season, EW has learned.

The series, which explores the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb, has averaged 1.2 million total viewers during its first season. Hailing from creator Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, the drama stars Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams and Daniel Stern.

Manhattan represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the show’s widespread critical acclaim and its loyal audience,” WGN America President and General Manager Matt Cherniss said. “Sam, Tommy and the talented cast and creative team have so brilliantly brought to life the world of the Manhattan Project and we can’t wait to see what secrets and surprises await us in season two.”

Added Shaw and Schlamme: “We’re so thrilled to get to continue telling this extraordinary American origin story with our incredible family of writers, actors, directors and crew – and to be doing it on WGN America, which has always supported our creative vision.”

Manhattan’s season finale will air Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET on WGN America.

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