The new season of ‘Underground’ will premiere Wednesday March 8, 10/9c on WGN America.
Season two of the 10-episode, hour-long series follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice. Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
DEADLINE – WGN America has set 10 PM Wednesday, March 8, for the second-season premiere of its hit original drama series Underground. The network also unveiled a first-look teaser trailer from its sophomore season, featuring Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Rosalee), Aldis Hodge (Noah), Jessica de Gouw (Elizabeth Hawkes), Alano Miller (Cato), Amirah Vann (Ernestine) and Aisha Hinds (Harriet Tubman).
The 10-episode Season 2 of Underground follows the struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice. Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Tubman blazing the trail. The series-regular cast also includes Christopher Meloni and Marc Blucas. Recurring guest stars are Hinds, Jasika Nicole, DeWanda Wise, Michael Trotter, Jesse Luken, Sadie Stratton and John Legend.
GOLDDERBY – “The beauty of the show is that it’s such a fast paced, on-the-move narrative,” says Jessica De Gouw as we chat via webcam (watch above) about her acclaimed new series “Underground.” In this WGN America drama about the underground railroad, she plays Elizabeth Hawkes who, along with her husband, abolitionist lawyer John (Marc Blucas), turns their Ohio home into a refuge for escaped slaves. “The stakes are always so much higher with every episode.”
When we first meet Elizabeth, she is “at a point of aimlessness,” having learned she is unable to conceive. “I think she’s a woman who has so much to give, and so much energy, and a lot of love,” explains the Australian actress. “I think the lack of her ability to give that to a child, to make a home for a child, made way for something else, and she really throws herself in wholeheartedly to helping other people escape.”
Though hesitant at first, after making the trip down South to meet John’s brother, slave-owner Tom Macon (Reed Diamond), she is quickly convinced. “You can’t un-see something like that,” De Gouw explains. “That sets up her spiral into anything and everything that comes her way, which is quite the adventure.”
Unique among period dramas, “Underground” tells its story with energy and verve, modernizing the past. “You don’t want to just force a history lesson on people every week,” she says. “You want it to be entertaining, you want it to be historically accurate, but I think it has to be a delicate balance.”
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.
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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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.Continue Reading