Noah, Rosalee, Cato et al are going to keep on running, now that WGN America has renewed Underground for a 10-episode Season 2.
To date, the freshman slave escape thriller is averaging a million weekly total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating — numbers that with Live+7 DVR playback swell to 3 million and 1.0. Underground improves on the cabler’s 2015-16 primetime average by 508 percent in total audience and by 1,005 percent (!) in the demo, in Live+7 numbers.
“[Underground is] a series that has resonated with so many passionate fans across the country,” WGN America president Matt Cherniss said in a statement. “We are deeply proud of the work that the talented cast, crew and production team have done to bring this story to life, led by our gifted creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and our partners at Sony Pictures Television. It is an honor to have Underground on our air and we look forward to how the story will unfold in what is sure to be a stellar sophomore season.”
Production on Season 2 begins this summer with an eye on a 2017 premiere date. The Season 1 finale airs Wednesday, May 11 at 10/9c, preceded by an all-season marathon at 1 pm.
The trailer has been released for Marc’s newest film, The Red Maple Leaf; posted below. No word on theater release just yet, but it shouldn’t be too long! Please note, the trailer is NOT suitable for under 14’s.
Even though Underground hasn’t yet wrapped up it’s 10 episode run, we already have news on the June release (and bonus feature packed) DVD! Details are posted below.
WGN America’s critically acclaimed new drama “Underground: Season One” arrives on DVD June 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Tribune Studios. The suspenseful series is executive produced by John Legend via his Get Lifted Film Co., who are also overseeing all music aspects of the gripping 10-episode journey, which follows a group of slaves striving for their freedom from the Macon plantation in 1857 Antebellum, Georgia. As they plan to escape, the immense sacrifices and uncertainty of where to go and who to trust will test those who have the courage to leave and decide who has the endurance to survive.
The ensemble cast features breakout stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge, alongside Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller, and Christopher Meloni, and guest stars Marc Blucas, Reed Diamond, Adina Porter, Amirah Vann, Mykelti Williamson and Andrea Frankle.
“Underground” is created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski who also executive produce alongside Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safehouse Pictures and Anthony Hemingway.
The season 1 DVD release is enhanced with bonus material that includes behind-the-scenes featurettes “The Music of Underground” with Executive Producers John Legend and Mike Jackson discussing the soundtrack and how contemporary music plays a role in the show; “The Journey of Underground,” showcasing how the story made it from the set to the screen; and “The Characters of Macon,” giving audiences a deeper look at the powerful personas who have brought the series to life, along with commentaries for select episodes, a cast gag reel and more!
DVD Bonus Features Include:
– “The Music of Underground” featurette
– Episode Commentaries on “The Macon 7” and “Cradle” with Misha Green and Joe Pokaski
– “The Journey of Underground” featurette
– “The Characters of Macon” featurette
– Gag Reel
– Camera Test Video with an introduction by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski
Side-note: I honestly cannot praise this series enough; it’s one of those rare occasions where a show’s hype IS to be believed — I literally binge watched 3 episodes in a row! And I still have another 3 episodes to catch up on!
According to IMDB, the project is called The Red Maple Leaf, and was written & directed by Frank D’Angelo. The project is currently in post-production; filming took place in Ontario, Canada.
The official synopsis is posted below.
On a seemingly worry-free Ottawa morning, young Jenni Adams, daughter of U.S. Ambassador Patrick Adams, is snatched from right under the nose of her Secret Service detail. The blatant act has left the American authorities searching for answers with powerful pressure coming at them from every side. From senators all the way up to the President of the United States, the hunt is on to find this girl alive and return her to her family.
WGN America’s new drama “Underground” got off to a great ratings start last week, with time-shifting and encores helping it to become the network’s most-watched original scripted entertainment program to date.
In Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, the regular-timeslot debut of the period drama about a group of slaves planning a 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation averaged 2.3 million total viewers, including 985,000 adults 25-54 (0.83 national rating) — roughly 10 times the network’s primetime average season-to-date. It grew from its same-day averages by 60% in total viewers (from 1.42 million) and by 68% in the demo (from 585,000 or 0.49 rating).
When including three encores last Wednesday, “Underground’s” totals rose to 3.5 million total viewers and 1.5 million adults 25-54, making it the highest-rated original scripted program ever in the network’s history. By comparison, its premiere night improved upon those of the network’s other successful originals like “Outsiders” (2.8 million) by 25% and “Salem” (3.2 million) by 9%.
The full length trailer for Underground was recently released, and features a handful of new scenes with Marc! Thus, the video is available for viewing under the cut, with the gallery link & previews below. Is anyone else getting excited for this gritty, yet high quality, series yet?!
The gallery has been updated with a handful of HD captures featuring Marc’s scenes in the brand new Underground promotional spot & first look featurette, including the character poster! Thus, the videos are available for viewing under the cut; and the gallery previews & links are below. Enjoy!