WGN America and The Blackhouse Foundation, an Institute Associate of the Sundance Film Festival, will collaborate once again at the 2017 festival to celebrate the upcoming second season of “Underground,” WGN America’s hit original Underground Railroad drama produced by Sony Pictures Television. The events will include a “Clips and Conversation” panel with the series’ cast and creators on Saturday, January 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Blackhouse’s Sundance headquarters located at the Buona Vita Restaurant, 804 Main Street, Park City. Executive producer John Legend, along with series’ stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Rosalee”) and Aldis Hodge (“Noah”) join series’ creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and executive producer, director Anthony Hemingway for a creative discussion on the production and themes of the highly anticipated second season including Legend’s guest-starring role as Frederick Douglass. Following the panel, WGN America and John Legend will host a celebration of “Underground” at Park City’s prestigious Riverhorse on Main.
Season two of “Underground” premieres Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.
“We’re thrilled to partner with The Blackhouse Foundation at Sundance again this year in celebration of the second season of ‘Underground,’ said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. “The festival provides the perfect platform to recognize the creative spirit of visionary artists and The Blackhouse Foundation headquarters offers a dynamic audience to engage for ‘Underground’ to share its timeless story.”
The Blackhouse Foundation’s Co-Founder and Board Chair Brickson Diamond added: “Blackhouse is excited to be partnering at Sundance for a second year with WGN America and the creative team behind ‘Underground.’ We look forward to our Sundance attendees having an opportunity to hear the ‘Underground’ team discuss the show’s success, and listen as they recount the experience of producing what promises to be an amazing second season of the series.”
In its premiere season, the critically lauded “Underground” scored 3 million total live viewers and ignited Twitter as the #1 most social cable drama on Wednesday nights.
Season two of the 10-episode, hour-long series follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice. Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman (played by Aisha Hinds) blazing the trail.
The celebrated “Underground” cast includes: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica de Gouw, Alano Miller, Christopher Meloni, Amirah Vann and Marc Blucas.
Aisha Hinds guest stars in the pioneering role of Harriet Tubman and John Legend as renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Additional guest stars include Jasika Nicole, DeWanda Wise, Michael Trotter, Jesse Luken and Sadie Stratton.
From Sony Pictures Television, “Underground” is created and written by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, who serve as Executive Producers alongside director Anthony Hemingway; Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures; Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures; John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius of Get Lifted Film Co; and Mark Taylor.
Season two of the riveting drama recently wrapped production in Savannah, Georgia.
If you missed the previously-released teaser for the upcoming new season, watch it below: