'Underground' Moving Full Steam Ahead, WGN Series Renewed for Season 2

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We're getting more of the John Legend-produced drama!

Underground fans, it's time to rejoice!

The runaway slave drama that has captivated the minds and hearts of 3 million viewers every week has been renewed for a second season, said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios.

“We are deeply proud of the work that the talented cast, crew and production team have done to bring this story to life, led by our gifted creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and our partners at Sony Pictures Television,” Cherniss said. “We look forward to how the story will unfold in what is sure to be a stellar sophomore season.”

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In case you haven’t watched – and seriously what are you waiting for? – Underground follows a group of enslaved Black people who boldly escape the chains of oppression in search of freedom and a better life. The riveting 10-part drama also shows what happens to those left behind on the plantation and the added pain and punishment they face. The stellar cast includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miller, Amirah Vann and Christopher Meloni. 

In addition to creating the show, Green and Pokaski are executive producers along with Oscar and Grammy winning singer and songwriter John Legend. 

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“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 said. “Thanks to everyone at WGN America, Sony Pictures Television and my Get Lifted partners, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, for putting their hearts and souls into Underground.  We look forward to a spectacular season two." 

Underground airs Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on WGN. 

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