*Tonight’s season one finale of WGN America’s breakout series, “Underground,” was so epic, you have to see it again to believe it! In fact, you can relive a slice of the final moments of the jaw dropping episode, entitled “The White Whale,” in the video clip above.
On the heels of the U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace former President Andrew Jackson with anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman on the U.S. $20 bill, WGN America’s underground railroad drama culminated its freshman season in spectacular fashion with an introduction to the character ‘Harriet,’ paying homage to the late American hero.
Much like Tubman, the characters featured in “Underground” are known for their strength, audacity and perseverance. Week after week, this groundbreaking series has dared to showcase the triumphs and tragedies of revolutionaries who risked their lives in pursuit of freedom. “Underground” is a timely reminder that freedom fighters, like Harriet Tubman, continue to strive for and defend basic human and civil rights around the world.
Lauded for its vivid and thrilling portrayal of the antebellum south, and the life-and-death struggle for freedom, WGN America’s “Underground” has become part of the national zeitgeist, trending week-after-week on Twitter and delivering an impressive 3.0 million Total Viewers on Wednesday nights in Live + 7 delivery. The critically acclaimed hit series was recently honored at the White House with a screening and panel discussion as part of the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Black History Month event.
As the cast and creative team begin preparing for the second season, which WGN America recently announced, fans can anticipate the same bold and provocative storytelling that they’ve come to expect from the series. Production on season two of “Underground” is set to begin this summer.
ABOUT WGN AMERICA’S “UNDERGROUND”
From creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, and executive producer and Academy Award®-winner John Legend, the 10-episode, hour-long program tells the unflinching story of a group of courageous men and women who band together for the fight of their lives – for their families, their future and their freedom.
“Underground” quickly amassed a passionate fan base, and trended on Twitter in its premiere night as the second highest trending topic of the night, only after the Democratic debate. The series was recently honored at the White House with a screening and panel discussion including the cast and creative team as part of the Office of Public Engagement’s Black History Month program. Additionally, “Underground” has been screened at a number of revered institutions, universities and events, including National Civil Rights Museum, 2016 Sundance Film Festival, NAACP, Schomburg Center, DuSable Museum of African American History, Howard University, New York Comic-Con, and more.
The celebrated cast of “Underground” includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“True Blood,” “Friday Night Lights”), Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton”), Christopher Meloni (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Alano Miller (“Jane The Virgin”), Jessica de Gouw (“Arrow,” “Dracula”), Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Adina Porter (“The 100”), Mykelti Williamson (“Justified,” “24”), Amirah Vann (“Girls,” “And So It Goes”), Johnny Ray Gill (“Rectify”), Chris Chalk (“Gotham”), Reed Diamond (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Theodus Crane (“The Walking Dead”), James Lafferty (“One Tree Hill”), Renwick Scott (“Treme”) and Jussie Smollett (“Empire”).
Hailing from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, “Underground” is created by Misha Green (“Sons Of Anarchy,” “Heroes”) and Joe Pokaski (“Daredevil,” “Heroes,”) who executive produce alongside Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) of Weed Road Pictures; and Joby Harold (“King Arthur,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Tory Tunnell (“King Arthur,” “Holy Rollers”) of Safehouse Pictures. Visionary artist and producer John Legend, an Academy Award, Golden Globe® and multi-Grammy Award winner, and his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius executive produce. Additionally, Get Lifted oversees all elements of the show’s music. Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “Treme”) directs and serves as executive producer for the first four episodes.