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News Bates, Ustinov and MacLaine Star in CBS Mini-Series "Salem Witch Trials," March 2-4 Tony Award winner Sir Alan Bates, fellow British actor Sir Peter Ustinov and Broadway performer Shirley MacLaine will star in the upcoming CBS four-hour "Salem Witch Trials." The mini-series will air on television, March 2 and March 4. Check local listings.
Accused Shirley MacLaine in
Accused Shirley MacLaine in "Salem Witch Trials."

"Salem Witch Trials," which also stars Kirstie Alley, Rebecca De Mornay, Henry Czerny and Gloria Reuben, chronicles the small Puritan township of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 as mass hysteria and paranoia breaks out leading to the accusation, incarceration and even execution of those deemed witches in the infamous trials. Bates (Fortune's Fool) portrays Sir William Phips, the hard-edged new Governor of Massachusetts. Writer-director-performer Ustinov (Beethoven's Tenth, Romanoff and Juliet) plays William Stoughton who along with Deputy Governor Reverend Samuel Parris — as played by Czerny (Arms and the Man) — incites the witch hunt. MacLaine (The Pajama Game) takes on Rebecca Nurse, a devout elder who is accused of being a witch.

"Salem Witch Trials" will air in two separate two-hour episodes on March 2 and March 4 on CBS. For more information, visit

Sir Alan Bates as Governor Phips.
Sir Alan Bates as Governor Phips.

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