Christopher Meloni, one of the series’ stars, told Shadow and Act exclusively at a Law & Order press event last month that he would want to do it again, calling the show “before its time.”
“Absolutely,” the actor said when we asked would he be a part of the show should it find a new life one of these days. “Underground was one of those projects that while I was in the middle of it, I was so profoundly proud of being able to be invited to be a part of that storytelling. It was very much like when I did 42, the Jackie Robinson story. It was a certain amount of importance…I just felt like I was in the middle of it and it was such an important project.”
Underground also starred Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett, Alano Miller, Jessica De Gouw, Marc Blucas, Amirah Vann, Adina Porter, Mykelti Williamson, Johnny Ray Gill, DeWanda Wise, Chris Chalk and Maceo Smedley.
In the Underground, “a restless slave named Noah organizes a small team of fellow slaves on the Macon plantation outside Atlanta, and puts together a plan to run for their lives — 600 dangerous miles North — to freedom. The odds of success are slim; the path to freedom’s terrain is unforgiving, and Tom, their politically ambitious owner will surely kill anyone attempting to run. For those who make it off the plantation, the risks and uncertainties multiply. They leave family behind to pay for their sins, as they face danger and death at every turn. They’re aided along the way by an abolitionist couple in Ohio, new to running a station on the Underground, unprepared for the havoc it will wreak with their personal lives, while they evade a ruthless slave catcher hell-bent on bringing them back, dead or alive.”
Meloni is also open to revisiting the cult favorite black comedy, animation-hybrid action series, Happy. That show ran for two seasons on Syfy. “Happy…[laughs]That was just a mad ride and rollercoaster.”
The actor has returned to the Law & Order franchise for Law & Order: Organized Crime, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.