31
May
2017

John Legend Wants To Find New Network For “Underground”

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John Legend Wants To Find New Network For "Underground"

John Legend

John Legend Promises To Move”Underground”

Just hours after WGN announced that it had canceled “Underground”, John Legend (one of the show’s producers) said that they would find a new home for the series. The singer and songwriter tweeted:

WGN America has been bought and is going a different direction strategically. We will find a new home for #Underground! Content wins. We’re not reliant on a particular network to make great content. We’re so proud of our show and the audience that supported!

He added,

Be wary of Sinclair though. They’re trying to make local stations mini Fox Newses, but more to the right.

Legend also suggested fans of the show share where they’d like the series to relocate.

Feel free to drop some hints to the networks/streaming services you want to pick up #Underground. Show them who will be watching!

As previously reported, on Tuesday (May May 30th), Tribune Media president and CEO Peter Kern confirmed that the series would not be picked up for a third series:

Despite Underground being a terrific and important series, it no longer fits with our new direction and we have reached the difficult decision not to renew it for a third season. We are tremendously proud of this landmark series that captured the zeitgeist and made an impact on television in a way never before seen on the medium. We thank the incomparable creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and the great John Legend, along with the talented creative team and cast who brought the unsung American heroes of the Underground Railroad to life. We are grateful to the loyal fans of Underground and our partners at Sony Pictures Television. It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination and freedom.

John Legend Wants To Find New Network For "Underground"

In the wake of parent company Tribune Media’s $3.9 billion planned acquisition by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the cable network is ending high-cost scripted originals. Reportedly, the acclaimed series costs $5 million per episode and already has an SVOD deal with Hulu, which was a complicating factor in finding a new home. According to a report, BET and OWN declined to pick up the show, due to its expensive cost.

Underground is a TV period drama series created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski about the Underground Railroad in Antebellum Georgia. The show debuted March 9, 2016, on WGN America.

 

John Legend Wants To Find New Network For "Underground"

The show starred: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller, Christopher Meloni and Amirah Vann. The cast also includes Christopher Backus, Marc Blucas, Reed Diamond, James Lafferty, Amirah Vann, Bokeem Woodbine, Aisha Hinds, Jasika Nicole, Michael Trotter, Jesse Luken, Sadie Stratton, and Robert Christopher Riley.

Any suggestions on where you’d like to see ‘Underground’ next? 

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  • currvalicious

    I’m such a fan of this show. Such a great ensemble cast. I sincerely hope a network is willing to pick it up.

  • Tmil

    For those who are in slave narrative overload, I understand because I too was in the same position.

    After several people encouraged me to watch this show, a few weeks ago I binged watched Season 1 and 2.

    Take a chance and watch this show.

    The story-line and the actors portrayals’ of historic figures are spot on ( Aisha Hinds plays the hell out of Harriet Tubman).

    Before you just say “nah, I’m good” just watch it. If you watch it and still feel that way, cool, at least you can say you gave the show a chance.

    I too am hopeful that another network will pick this show up.