Though Underground may be over, it is getting a new life of sorts at OWN. The network has acquired the two seasons of the acclaimed drama series. It will begin airing on Jan. 5
The series, from Sony Pictures Television, will have a revitalized presentation on OWN, with newly filmed episodic introductions by cast members, never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and more. It starred Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica De Gouw, Marc Blucas, Amirah Vann, Adina Porter, Mykelti Williamson, Johnny Raay Gill, DeWanda Wise, Chris Chalk and Maceo Smedley.
The series was co-created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski. They executive produced with Anthony Hemingway, Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold, John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius of Get Lifted Film Co, and Mark Taylor Legend and Get Lifted oversaw the score, soundtrack and all music aspects of the series.
In the series, "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."
Underground was named Best TV Show by the African American Film Critics Association, received four NAACP Image Award nominations and was nominated as Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association.
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