Renowned Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Leads The Way In Season Two Of WGN America's Trailblazing Series UNDERGROUND1:24 AM
Not only will Harriet Tubman grace the face of the new $20 bill, but she will also have a starring role in WGN America's hit series "Underground," from Sony Pictures Television, which begins production on season two in Savannah, Georgia on August 29.
"Underground" delivered 3 million Total Viewers weekly, and made history as WGN America's most-watched original program ever in its freshman season.
Starring in the celebrated "Underground" season two cast are Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("True Blood," "Friday Night Lights") as Rosalee; Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Hidden Figures) as Noah; Christopher Meloni("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) as August Pullman; Alano Miller ("Jane The Virgin") as Cato; Jessica de Gouw ("Arrow," "Dracula") as Elizabeth Hawkes; Amirah Vann ("Girls," And So It Goes) as Ernestine; and Marc Blucas ("Blue Bloods") as John Hawkes.
Amirah Vann, whose breakout performance as Ernestine was lauded as "spellbinding" (Wall Street Journal) and "tremendous" (Entertainment Weekly), will be a series regular in season two, expanded from her recurring role in season one where her character's fate at the auction block left viewers on the edge of their seats.
Joining the cast in season two are recurring guest stars Jasika Nicole ("Fringe," "Scandal") as Georgia, an abolitionist with a covert station along the Underground whose quiet confidence hides secrets of her own; Michael Trotter ("Rosewood") as Biographer, an astute observer of people who lives through the lives of others often fearful of taking chances; and Jesse Luken ("Justified," 42) as Smoke, the fearless second in command of Patty Cannon's infamous gang of slave catchers.
This summer, "Underground" was featured at the NAACP National Convention, where the series and its stars received a standing ovation at the National Underground Railroad Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"Underground," which tells the unflinching story of some of America's valiant heroes—enslaved people who risked their lives to reach freedom—was recently honored with three CableFax Awards, including Best New Program, Best Historical Show/Series and Best Showrunners, Misha Green and Joe Pokaski.
WGN America and Tribune Studios
WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is nationally distributed in nearly 80 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with high-quality entertainment programming including the breakout hit series "Outsiders," "Underground" and "Salem." The network also brings its audience a strong slate of popular first-run syndicated series and blockbuster movies. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide. Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit wgnamerica.com.
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