WGN’s Underground is gone, and with it, our faith in humanity. OK, that was dramatic, but we’re pissed.
As WGN’s parent company Tribune prepares for an acquisition by Sinclair, the fate of the wildly popular series was sealed. Here’s the statement from Tribune Media President and CEO Peter Kern:
“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.”
The fact that Underground has been cancelled after just two seasons is a crushing blow, but luckily executive producer John Legend has vowed to find a new home for the escape thriller.
According to Deadline, BET came close to scooping the show up, but ended talks before the deal could be done. OWN and HULU, which have Underground streaming rights, are said to still be in the running, with lots of fans asking Netflix to throw their hat in the ring as well.
We here at HH hope someone picks it up soon. We’ve been staunch supporters of the project and would hate to see it go. Below are a few of our favorite interviews with the cast. #RenewUnderground