WGN America has decided to renew standout series Underground for a second season, to be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios.
“With enormous pride we are announcing a second season of ‘Underground, a series that has resonated with so many passionate fans across the country,” said WGN America Pesident and General manager Matt Cherniss.
The breakout hit series, created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, is among the most widely praised series of the year, being referred to as a “gifted ensemble and propulsive momentum” by Time Magazine and “dramatically compelling” by The Wall Street Journal. The show is also the network’s most popular program, outpacing WGN America’s 2015-2016 primetime average by +508% in Total Viewers, +864% among Adults 25-54 and +1005% among Adults 18-49 in Live +7 viewing.
The series is executively-produced by Misha Green, Joe Pokaski, John Legend, Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, Joby Harold, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Anthony Hemingway.
WGN America’s Underground tells the story of revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad who use everything at their disposal to attempt the greatest escape in history despite the odds and potentially dire consequences that awaited them at the end of their journey. The popular series focuses on a group of courageous men and women who band together for the fight of their lives—for their families, their future and their freedom.
The celebrated cast of Underground includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee, Aldis Hodge as Noah, Christopher Meloni as August Pullman, Alano Miller as Cato, Jessica de Gouw as Elizabeth Hawkes, Marc Blucas as John Hawkes, Adina Porter as Pearly Mae, Mykelti Williamson as Moses, Amirah Vann as Ernestine, Johnny Ray Gill as Sam, Chris Chalk as William Still, Reed Diamond as Tom Macon,Theodus Crane as Zeke, James Lafferty as U.S. Marshall Kyle Risdin, Renwick Scott as Henry and Jussie Smollett as Josey.
The finale will air Wednesday, May 11, preceded by an all-day Underground marathon for fans to binge-watch the entire 10-episode first season, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The 10-episode second season is set to begin production this summer for a 2017 debut.