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television Underground
25th Apr

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Freshman drama Underground is getting a second season, WGN America announced Monday.

The Underground Railroad-inspired series, executive-produced by John Legend, follows a group of African-Americans as they make their daring escape from slavery, and the various people that either help or hinder them along the way. Underground stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge as two runaway slaves leading the journey to freedom, Jessica de Gouw and Marc Blucas as white abolitionists attempting to help runaway slaves in secret, and Christopher Meloni as a morally conflicted bounty hunter.

“Underground isn’t just a television show. It’s a movement,” said Legend in a statement. “This show does so much more than entertain, it inspires us to reflect on our past and learn from those mistakes to make a brighter future for our children.”

Legend’s influence on Underground can be clearly felt in the show’s soundtrack, which features anachronistic music from artists like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd. The modern hip-hop elements underline the highly stylized quality of the period drama, making the story set in the 19th century feel current. And with the recent news that Harriet Tubman’s face is set to be printed on the $20 bill, Underground’s themes are more relevant than ever.

Underground’s first season finale will air Wednesday, May 11 at 10 p.m. ET on WGN America.

television Underground
09th Mar

I have added a few stills from episode 1×02 and 1×03 of ‘Underground’. The show airs tonight (March 9) on WGN America at 10pm! Thanks again to FFA for the pictures.

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Television Productions > Underground (2016) > Season 1 > Episode Stills > 1.02 – War Chest
Television Productions > Underground (2016) > Season 1 > Episode Stills > 1.03 – The Lord’s Day
Interviews television Underground
09th Mar

MSTARS NEWS – WGN America is just a day away from airing the highly anticipated pilot of their upcoming show, Underground. In an exclusive interview with MStars News, co-creator/executive producer Joe Pokaski, cast members Marc Blucas, and Jessica De Gouw talk about what audiences should expect from the premiere.

As we previously mentioned, the period drama takes place in the antebellum South as a band of plantation slaves attempt to make a perilous escape. During this time period, the slaves at the plantation risk everything for a chance at freedom. They all want to head on over to the North and escape to the Underground Railroad. Underground will also examine the lives of slaveholders, slave hunters, and abolitionists.

Before the premiere on WGN America on March 9 at 10pm, the cast and crew of Underground discuss their roles on the show, filming on location, and how the music becomes part of the scene.

MStars News: Tell me what interested you about the project.
Marc Blucas: The script!

Jessica De Gouw: Yeah these suckers wrote a good script! [Laughs] I’ve read a mountain of pilots, first episodes, different things at times. And then I read this script. I didn’t want to read anything else. I begged to get in a room for two weeks before they were ready for us! It’s a genuinely phenomenal script!

Marc Blucas: It was such a good script. I saw it with one of my really good actor friends, Matthew Lillard, at the audition. I was in there saying, “How ridiculous these guys for not to hire him so that I would have a shot!” That’s how good the pilot is! [Laughs] I was at his wedding and sabotaging him! “He never comes out of his trailer! He never remembers his line!” All lies! [Laughs] But hey, it’s a dog-eat-dog town. When the material is there, you do what you gotta do! [Laughs]

MS: Tell me about the the roles you play.
JG: We play John and Elizabeth Hawks.

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television The Last Tycoon
20th Feb

DEADLINE – Underground’s Jessica de Gouw has booked a recurring role opposite Matt Bomer and Lily Collins in The Last Tycoon, Amazon’s drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The pilot, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. De Gouw will play Minna Davis, the star of the studio who embodiesboth the glamour and dream that was Hollywood. She is repped by UTA, Kelly Tiffan, and Jackoway Tyerman.

television Underground
19th Feb

THE WRAP – WGN America’s new Underground Railroad drama “Underground” will screen at the White House as part of Black History Month, the network announced Friday. The pilot episode of the show will be be screened on Feb. 22 as part of the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Black History Month event, “These Hallowed Grounds,” highlighting landmarks and monuments around the country significant to the African American community, including stops on the Underground Railroad. Prior to the screening, there will be panel discussions with the “Underground” cast and creative team, including executive producer John Legend, creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, executive producer Akiva Goldsman and director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway.

Stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann will also be in attendance. The panel event will be live streamed beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. “Underground” follows a group of men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that await them on the other side. The story follows a blacksmith who covertly organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and pieces together a daring plan of escape across hundreds of miles to freedom. The odds of success are razor-thin for those who make it off the plantation, while the risks, dangers and obstacles multiply each step of the way.

The show is the fourth original series from WGN America. The network launched the superatural drama “Salem” in 2014, followed by a series dramatizing the creation of the atomic bomb, “Manhattan,” which was recently cancelled after two seasons. The network also recently began airing “Outsiders,” about a family living off the grid on a mountain in Kentucky as they clash with an encroaching mining company. “Underground” will premiere on WGN America on March 9 at 10/9c.

television Underground Videos
23rd Jan

‘Underground’ premieres Wednesday, March 9 at 10 p.m. on WGN America.

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