WGN Cancels “Underground” After Two Seasons
Sad news. According to Deadline, WGN’s “Underground” has been canceled after two seasons.
The news comes as WGN’s parent company Tribune Media acquired Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.9 billion. The acquisition reportedly moves the network away from scripted dramas.
Peter Kern the President and CEO of Tribune said:
“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.”
To tell the full story, the network’s series “Outsiders” was also canceled.
If you’ve ever seen “Underground,” you know that there are so many more stories to tell. More than can be encompassed in two seasons.
Thankfully, there are also reports that John Legend is shopping the series around to other networks. According to Deadline, BET, OWN and Hulu were in the running to host the series at one point. Hopefully, they’re still interested.