Will Popular WGN Hit Series ‘Underground’ Find A New Home?
After just two seasons of the popular television series, WGN unfortunately decided to discontinue the show in late May.
The cancellation impacted millions across the nation including executive producer and entertainer John Legend and the cast that includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller, Christopher Meloni, Marc Blucas, and Reed Diamond.
Peter Kern, the newly-minted president and CEO of WGNA parent company Tribune Media, issued the following statement:
“As WGN America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape. This move is designed to deliver additional value for our advertising and distribution partners and offer viewers more original content across our air. 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.”
Fans of the show took to social media after hearing the saddening news. Some of the post we saw:
“If this show doesn’t come back for season 3, I’ll just died, the women in this show give me so much life.”
“I’ve absolutely enjoyed watching the first two seasons of ‘Underground’ and I’m so sad to hear it wasn’t renewed. I hope it finds a new home on another network soon. And I encourage you to check out the show on Hulu if you have not seen it to see what it all about. I’m forever a fan and I’ll follow wherever it goes.”
The post went on to say that it is so important for networks to keep telling these types of stories and the parallels/messages are so timely. There is also a social media campaign going #Underground on Netflix. Individuals on Instagram are asking all fans of the show to repost the post with the hash tag.
It was a rumor going around that either OWN or BET would pick up the series for a third season.
Sadly, a few weeks ago both OWN and BET had to pass up on airing the show because of the cost. The cost of the show is reportedly an estimated $5million per episode.
Currently Sony is doing everything in it’s power to attempt to save ‘Underground’. Only time will tell, will another network step up? Can any other network afford the show? For the past two seasons, the show had begun a fan favorite, as the historical drama follows the heroes of the Underground Railroad who harnessed every bit of their wits, strength, and grit in order to escape slavery and live as free citizens.
ARE YOU A HUGE FAN OF ‘UNDERGROUND’? CAN WE BOOT ANOTHER SHOW? WHICH TELEVISION NETWORK SHOULD SAVE THE SERIES?
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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.