UPDATE: Today, WGN has released key poster art (above) and a new featurette (below) – “The Music of ‘Underground’” – which goes behind-the-scenes with executive producer John Legend, and composers Laura Karpman and Raphael Saadiq, as they discuss the musical choices they made for the series, including the main title theme “Heaven’s Door,” which was produced by Legend, written by Angelique Cinelu and Curtis Richardson, and performed by Alice Smith.
Previous updates follow below.
In the new video below, which will also premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week - the "Underground" cast and executive producers explain the show’s different take on a very familiar part of American history - slavery - promising more of a thrill-ride, as men and women struggle to escape an oppressive system, risking their lives in the process.”
"Underground" premieres Wednesday, March 9 at 10 p.m. on WGN America.
Previous updates follow below.
WGN has released 2 new teasers for its upcoming Underground Railroad escape thriller, “Underground," which premieres on Wednesday, March 9. Both feature the series' stars, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as their individual characters: Hodge is Noah, who is described as a brave, driven and insanely clever field slave, who organizes a small group of fellow slaves, with the goal of escaping to the Underground Railroad and to freedom; Smollett-Bell is Rosalee, who is described as a shy house slave with a powerful inner strength and courage. Each of them summarizes their story. Watch both clips below. You'll find all previous updates underneath:
UPDATE: WGN has released the opening title sequence for its Underground Railroad escape thriller, titled “Underground," which premieres on Wednesday, March 9. Watch the main title sequence below, and catch up on past updates underneath, including 2 trailers. WGN America also announced that it will air the series premiere commercial free, at its Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour event today.
WGN America announced today that “Underground,” the highly-anticipated original series, will premiere Wednesday, March 9.
The network also revealed the first two trailers in support of the escape thriller, a series that takes viewers on a pulse-pounding journey with revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad.
From creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, and executive producer and Academy Award-winner John Legend, the 10-episode, hour-long program stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge, and follows a group of courageous men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side. A courageous blacksmith Noah (Aldis Hodge) covertly organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and pieces together a daring plan of escape across hundreds of miles to freedom. The odds of success are razor-thin for those who make it off the plantation, while the risks, dangers and obstacles multiply each step of the way.
“Underground” features an acclaimed cast, including Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw, Marc Blucas, Adina Porter, Mykelti Williamson, Amirah Vann, Johnny Ray Gill, Chris Chalk, Reed Diamond, Theodus Crane, Renwick Scott and Jussie Smollett.
“Underground” is created by Misha Green ("Sons of Anarchy," "Heroes") and Joe Pokaski (“Daredevil,” "Heroes") who executive produce alongside Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind," "I Am Legend") of Weed Road Pictures; and Joby Harold ("King Arthur," "Edge of Tomorrow") and Tory Tunnell ("King Arthur," "Holy Rollers") of Safehouse Pictures.
John Legend and his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius executive produce. Additionally, Get Lifted oversees all elements of the show’s music.
Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “Treme”) directs and serves as executive producer for the first four episodes.
“Underground” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune.
Prior to the premiere of “Underground,” WGN America will launch its newest original drama “Outsiders” on Tuesday, January 26. Additionally, the second season finale of the network’s Emmy Award-winning series “Manhattan” will air Tuesday, December 15.
Follow the series @UndergroundWGN.
Watch the first two trailers below, the first titled "The Plan," and the second, "Wanted."