‘Underground’ Canceled by WGN America: ‘We Are Grateful to the Loyal Fans’
It's official, WGN America's hit series Underground has come to an end on the network. Executive produced by John Legend, the period drama about the Underground Railroad in Antebellum Georgia is being canceled after two seasons. The show had become a surprise fan favorite, boasting a veteran cast of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Meloni, Mykelti Williamson and others.
The cancellation announcement was made via social media and through a statement from Peter Kern, President, and CEO of Tribune Media Company:
"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.”
Legend vowed to push forward for the show.
"WGN America has been bought and is going in a different direction," the singer tweeted. "We will find a new home for #Underground!"