WGN Cancels “Underground”
Bad news for fans of WGN’s breakout hit series, “Underground.”
After becoming a fan favorite over just 2 action-packed seasons, WGN has pulled the plug on the show.
Apparently, the decision is coming down from the network’s parent company, who’s looking to move away from big-budget scripted television and expand their audience in “another direction.” As Tribune Media President and CEO Peter Kern told Deadline:
“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….It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination and freedom.”
Show star Jurnee Bell had this to say about the tough news:
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Listen, we love you all. We hear you…we have the best fans in the world. Y'all been running with us for 2 seasons and are the reason we even got this far. Unfortunately, it's true, WGN America cancelled #underground today. They were bought by Sinclair. Google them. They are going in a different direction and want to become the next Fox News. Arg. I wish I was telling you different news but just know we love you all and are grateful to everyone that has been running with us. Playing Rosalee has been the privilege of a lifetime. If you want a season 3, feel free to let the world know…✊🏽✌🏽😘 #riseup #TheBlackRose
And Executive Producer John Legend made it clear that he’s searching for a new home for the show.
SMH. Hopefully, they’ll find a new home! Will you miss it in the meantime??