Imagine a TV series about a group of people sequestered in the middle of nowhere, secretly racing to build the ultimate weapon to end a war that has engulfed their planet.
As millions are dying across their world, they're desperate to perfect this weapon before the powers of evil do.
Sounds like science fiction, but it's science fact. It's "Manhattan," a new drama series about the Manhattan Project, which built the atomic bombs that ended World War II.
"We sometimes talk about this story as a true life science-fiction story," said Sam Shaw, the creator/writer/executive producer of "Manhattan" (Sunday, 7 p.m. WGN; 8 p.m. Ch. 13). "When you really think about it, it's like it could be an [Isaac] Asimov novel or something. The greatest minds in the world … uprooted and moved to this secret city — a kind of faux suburban bubble on top of a dead volcano in the middle of nowhere to build a device that will either save the world or end it."