The episode titles for the first 6 episodes of Underground have been released; posted below. Here’s hoping we’ll get some more production stills and/or a trailer very soon!
Episode 1.01 – The Macon 7
Episode 1.02 – War Chest
Episode 1.03 – The Lord’s Day
Episode 1.04 – Firefly
Episode 1.05 – Run & Gun
Episode 1.06 – Troubled Water
The official synopsis for Marc’s upcoming TV show, Underground is posted below, thanks to Indie Wire; which also includes the very first production still, but not with Marc, just yet. I’ve also posted the character breakdowns — and it definitely sounds like one to watch!
In 1857, a courageous 25-year-old slave named Noah organizes a small group of fellow slaves on Macon Plantation, with the goal of escaping to the Underground Railroad and thence to freedom. The odds of success are slim; the plantation’s terrain is unforgiving, and their politically ambitious owner, Tom Macon, will surely kill anyone attempting to run. For those who make it off the plantation, the risks and uncertainties only multiply. Pursued by professional slave hunters, they will have to decide which way to turn and whether or not they can trust the strangers who offer them help.
Playing Noah is Aldis Hodge, who is described as a brave, driven and insanely clever field slave. And on the other side of the fight is Reed Diamond, who plays Tom Macon, the plantation owner and political candidate.
Joining both gentlemen are: Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee, a shy house slave with a powerful inner strength and courage; Christopher Meloni is August Pullman, a mysterious figure who walks a tightrope between morality and survival; Jessica de Gouw is Elizabeth Hawkes, a socialite who shares her husband’s abolitionist ideals; Alano Miller plays Cato, a cunning, charismatic man despised and feared by his fellow slaves; Adina Porter plays Pearly Mae, a strong-willed wife and mother; Amirah Vann is Ernestine, a fiercely devoted mother and head house slave; Marc Blucas is John Hawkes, a lawyer whose ideals clash with the legislation he’s sworn to uphold; Mykelti Williamson plays Moses, a fiery preacher;; and finally Johnny Ray Gil as Sam, Rosalee’s brother and a talented carpenter.
The project hails from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, and is set for a 2016 premiere on WGN America.
“Underground” is created and written by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, who serve as Executive Producers alongside writer Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures, and Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures.
Anthony Hemingway directs and serves as Executive Producer for the first four episodes.
The first trailer for Sleeping with Other People was recently released, and happily for us, Marc is featured in a few scenes! Thus, a handful of HD captures have now been added to the gallery, along with the official poster; links & previews are below.
– Artwork & Posters
– Trailer Captures (HD)
Organizing my folders & I came across these gems; thus the gallery has been updated with HQ (and mostly new) production stills & behind-the-scenes images from seasons 4 & 5 of BtVs. I’ve also added various Twitter images from the set of Killer Women. Gallery links & previews are below, enjoy!
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999-2002) > Season 4 > Behind the Scenes
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999-2002) > Season 4 > Production Stills
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999-2002) > Season 5 > Production Stills
– Killer Women (2014) > Season 1 > Behind the Scenes
Old news, but it offers a little more information about Marc’s new TV series!
WGN America is moving forward with it’s Akiva Goldsman-produced drama Underground, giving the Underground Railroad project a 10-episode straight-to-series order with Christopher Meloni, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge and Jessica De Gouw set to star.
Underground, from Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios, follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad, as they evade those tasked with bringing them back, dead or alive.
Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights) plays Rosalee, a shy house slave with a powerful inner strength and courage; Aldis Hodge (Turn) is Noah, a brave and clever slave on the plantation with dreams of freedom and a dangerous plan to escape; Law & Order: SVU alum Meloni is August, a secretive mercenary who walks a tightrope between survival and morality; De Gouw is Elizabeth, a socialite who shares her husband’s abolitionist ideals.
The series was created and written by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski (Heroes), who also serve as executive producers with Goldsman from Weed Road Pictures, along with Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold from Safehouse Pictures. Anthony Hemingway (Treme) is set to direct the series’ first two episodes. Production is set to begin this spring for a 2016 premiere.
Marc has been cast in a brand new TV series, titled Underground. Details are below, courtesy of Deadline. Isn’t it great news that Marc will be back on our TV screens very soon?!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer alum Marc Blucas has been cast as a regular in Underground, WGN America’s upcoming pre-Civil War series about the Underground Railroad. He will play John Hawkes in the series from Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios, replacing Devon Gummersall, who was originally cast in the role. The change was made before the straight-to-series drama started production on its 10-episode order.
Underground follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom. They are aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad, as they evade those tasked with bringing them back — dead or alive. Blucas’ John Hawkes is an abolitionist lawyer who will break the laws he’s sworn to uphold in order to serve a greater good.
Paradigm-repped Blucas recently was seen in Sleeping With Other People, which premiered at Sundance and screened at Tribeca.
Good news! Marc’s latest movie, Sleeping With Other People, shall be having it’s New York premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month — here’s hoping Marc makes an appearance! Relevant details are posted below.
The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.
Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres.
Sleeping With Other People
Leslye Headland (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative
Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as two romantic failures whose years of serial infidelity and self-sabotage have led them to swear that their relationship will remain strictly platonic. But can love still bloom while you’re sleeping with other people? Writer/director Leslye Headland’s (Bachelorette) sexy romantic comedy co-stars Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne. An IFC Films Release.
Source: The Hollywood News
Marc’s latest movie, Sleeping with Other People, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month — and there’s a lovely review by Alonso Duralde of TheWrap, which I’ve posted below. Happy reading!
The directors of “Bachelorette” and “Miss Representation” return to Sundance with, respectively, a brilliantly bawdy comedy and a vital look at how our culture raises its men.
I try not to make sweeping pronouncements about Sundance movies until I’m back at sea level, and my brain is receiving its usual amounts of oxygen; there’s something about the air up here that can occasionally lead to irrational exuberance. (Google “The Spitfire Grill” or “Happy, Texas” if you don’t know what I mean.)
Even though I’m still in Park City, Utah, (and panting when I walk up hills) I’ll still say that “Sleeping with Other People” may well be the smartest, bawdiest, hard-R-rated rom-com to come along since “Bridesmaids.” The second directorial effort by Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”) skews as closely as one can to classic romantic comedy tropes in a post — “They Came Together” world while demonstrating that witty dialogue, realistic characters and situations, and spot-on performances can make any seemingly played-out genre come back to life.
Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) first meet as Columbia undergrads and, over the course of an evening, wind up losing their virginities to each other. They then next meet a dozen years later at a 12-step meeting for sexual compulsives. Neither quite fits that mold, however: Jake is, at worst, a shallow cocksman (sent to the meeting by an angry girlfriend who broke up with him anyway), while Lainey is more of a love addict, unable to shake her obsession with her nerdy OB/GYN (Adam Scott).
They start hanging out together and realize that they’re the only people on whom they can place sexual and emotional boundaries, and as they help each other through their respective quandaries, they naturally start falling in love, knowing all the while it could be a colossal mistake. Even if you think you’ve seen this movie before, Headland’s gift for outrageous dialogue — Jake’s instructions to Lainey regarding proper female masturbation will probably be not only quoted in daily conversation but also screened in sex-ed classes for years to come — and Sudeikis and Brie’s comic chemistry make “Sleeping with Other People” a treat from start to finish.
The other elements of the film come together splendidly as well, from the loving-but-not-trite shots of Manhattan, courtesy of cinematographer Ben Kutchins (the “Veronica Mars” movie), to a first-rate comic ensemble that also includes Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, and Marc Blucas (plus brief but memorable appearances by Adam Brody, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Billy Eichner and Michael Cyril Creighton).
We would like to wish Marc and his family — and of course, the visitors & fans to this site — a very happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing what the New Year brings!
So far, we only have Sleeping With Other People and the delayed One Heart, to look forward to, but I’m sure that we shall have more new projects to come from Marc this year!
Stef and I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Marc, his family, and to all of you. Thank you all for visiting the site and for your continued support. We wish you all the best this holiday season. Be safe and enjoy the time with your loved ones.