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Back in December of 2016, Wgn America cancelled its fantasy drama, Salem, after three seasons. General Manager Matt Cherniss later said it had run its course and told the story it was meant to tell. Will the Underground TV show perform better or last as long or even longer? Cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.Set in 1850s Georgia, Underground stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller, and Christopher Meloni. The Wgn America cast also includes Christopher Backus, Marc Blucas, Reed Diamond, James Lafferty, Amirah Vann, Bokeem Woodbine, Aisha Hinds, Jasika Nicole, Michael Trotter, Jesse Luken, Sadie Stratton, and Robert Christopher Riley. In the second season, John Legend will guest star as abolitionist Frederick Douglass. A historical drama, Underground follows the heroes of the Underground Railroad who harnessed every bit of their wits, strength, and grit in order to escape slavery »
Vulture WatchWhat fate awaits the Macon seven? Has the Underground TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Wgn America? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Underground season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Wgn America cable channel, Underground stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller, and Christopher Meloni. The cast also includes Christopher Backus, Marc Blucas, Reed Diamond, James Lafferty, Amirah Vann, Bokeem Woodbine, Aisha Hinds, Jasika Nicole, Michael Trotter, Jesse Luken, Sadie Stratton, and Robert Christopher Riley. In the second season, John Legend will guest star as abolitionist Frederick Douglass. A historical drama, Underground follows the heroes of the Underground Railroad who harnessed every bit »
“Underground” star Christopher Meloni makes his directing debut on the Wgn American show in Wednesday’s episode. “It was everything you hoped not to happen and more,” the star joked to TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “No, it was great. But a lot was thrown at me. I had wonderful help from the writers and showrunners, Misha Green and Joe Pakasky and from Anthony Hemingway.” The 10-episode second season of the Underground Railroad drama follows our heroes in a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice, where Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is now working alongside Harriet. »
- Linda Ge
Several stars celebrated their very first Mother's Day last year, and this year will be no different. Models like Irina Shayk and Bar Refaeli both gave birth to baby girls, and actresses Ellie Kemper, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Jena Malone all welcomed sons. While the names of Amanda Seyfried, Cheryl, and Lily Rabe's tiny tots have yet to be revealed, read on to see all the celebrities who will be celebrating their first Mother's Day this year. Related2017 Will Be Extra Exciting For These Pregnant Stars »
- Monica Sisavat
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is "so in love" with her family!
The Underground star took to Instagram on Friday to share the first full photo of her baby boy.
Related: Jurnee Smollett-Bell Welcomes Baby Boy -- See the Sweet Pic!
"✨✨My fellas. So in love...they make my heart explode »
Baby’s first selfie!
Jurnee Smollett-Bell shared the first photo of her nearly 5-month-old son Hunter on Instagram Friday. “My fellas. So in love… they make my heart explode,” the Underground actress captioned a family photo of herself with husband Josiah Bell and their baby boy.
The proud parents, who tied the knot in October 2010, announced the birth of their first child, Hunter Zion Bell, on social media in November 2016 and have been sharing photos of their son ever since, but this was the first time Smollett-Bell, 30, had posted a full, front-facing photo.
Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is getting real about Hollywood's pressure to lose the baby weight.
Et's Courtney Tezeno caught up with the Underground star in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where the 30-year-old actress revealed that she was compared to certain standards even before she was with child.
"Those pressures began well before I even got pregnant. It's kind of unfortunate," Smollett-Bell shared. "I do have a lot of friends who are like, 'How did you do that?' And I think the unspoken word is that it's kind of somewhat what you don't do in your career until later on."
Smollett-Bell didn't miss a beat throughout her pregnancy, and was even filming stunts on Underground while seven months pregnant with her son, Hunter Zion Bell, who was born in November.
"I admire so many women who say, 'You know what? You don't have to choose. You can live »
Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and White House spokesman Sean Spicer elicited an uproar on social media on Tuesday after making separate comments regarding congresswoman Maxine Waters and reporter April Ryan.
After Spicer told Ryan to stop shaking her head during an aggressive exchange at a White House press briefing and O’Reilly suggested that Waters was wearing a “James Brown wig,” activist Brittany Packnett encouraged Twitter users to tweet under #BlackWomenAtWork.
This happens to black women everyday at work.
Share your Maxine and April moments, so people don't think this is rare. Use #BlackWomenAtWork
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) March 28, 2017
“This happens to black women everyday at work,” Packnett tweeted. “Share your Maxine and April moments, so people don’t think this is rare. Use #BlackWomenAtWork.”
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Several prominent female influencers employed the hashtag to accentuate the ways in which black women in »
- Sarah Ahern
A good character introduction is one of the greatest joys television can offer, and in the March 8 “Underground” season premiere, viewers were treated to two of them.
Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds) made her debut in a crackling action scene set to Beyonce’s “Freedom”: A confrontation with men hunting for fugitive slaves depicted a confident Tubman holding an ax in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Suffice to say that Tubman and her compatriot Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) came out ahead in that encounter on “Underground,” a saga that interweaves the stories of a number of slaves, all of whom are linked to each other through the common goal of freedom.
A few scenes later, the escaped-slave narrative introduced the fictional Georgia (Jasika Nicole), a quieter but no less driven woman who runs a boarding house. Georgia is a resourceful and welcoming woman who hosts a sewing circle at her home — but don’t expect »
- Maureen Ryan
In this week’s episode of “Underground,” fans were treated to a flashback sequence that featured none other than Academy Award and Emmy nominee Angela Bassett, playing an early mentor to Ernestine. So how did Bassett end up on the Wgn America drama? All it took was a call from series executive producer and director Anthony Hemingway.
“The role was written with Angela in mind,” Hemingway told Variety. “Angela has been a fan of the show since day one. She comes to our premieres and events, and offers a lot of support. And I’m a friend of the family, her and Courtney B. Vance. It was easy to make the connection and make the call and present to her what this character was and why we saw her as this character. She brings so much gravitas and strength to any role that she does. It was just the right choice.” Hemingway »
- Joe Otterson
The will to live is strongest when there is something worth living for.
There were two sides of this given to us on Underground Season 2 Episode 3 via Rosalee and Ernestine.
Rosalee was fighting like hell throughout the hour to live, driven by a mother’s love for her unborn child and her quest to rescue Noah. Ernestine had all but given up and actively took a step towards death.
There is a lot to unpack in this hour.
It was interesting and clever writing that the top of the hour had Donahue expounding upon the prevalent myth of the times, that black people were almost supernatural in their ability to endure.
Half-baked science and inhumane tactics were even used to explore this theory.
It’s very existence was mostly used to dehumanize black people and help proper, white Christians justify their use of slaves. Black males were often portrayed as having brute strength and virility. »
- Jasmine Blu
He’s only 4 months old, but Jurnee Smollett-Bell‘s son Hunter Zion already has the frequent-flyer thing down.
The Underground actress spoke to People about her trick in getting Hunter — whom she says has already “taken 12 flights” — soothed when it comes to air travel.
“Hunter is incredible on flights. He sleeps,” says Smollett-Bell, 30. “I breastfeed him — this is what my sister told me, and my mom, said, ‘Feed him on the way up and feed him on landing, so the ears don’t pop.’ ”
“I wish we could give him a frequent-flyer number, but since he’s a lap baby, »
- Jen Juneau
Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
This week’s episode features TV critics Maureen Ryan and Sonia Saraiya in conversation with “Full Frontal’s” Samantha Bee and Jo Miller. Now in the show’s second season and with Donald Trump in the White House, Bee and Miller discussed how their show has — and hasn’t — changed, as their viewers are looking for answers.
“We don’t have answers for them. We don’t have answers for those people,” Bee jokes. “People need rational explanations so badly,” Miller observes.
Miller and Bee say that they get a lot of their inspiration from the missteps of cable news, although it also appears that the climate might be changing. “We watch people stand there and allow Jeffrey lord and Kayleigh McEnany to scream bullshit, and then cut to commercial break,” Miller »
- Sonia Saraiya
Et's Courtney Tezeno caught up with the 30-year-old actor in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where he opened up about the Wgn hit's "crazier" second season, and teased a very important reunion.
"I can't tell you about shocking deaths. I can't say," he confessed, "but I will say it gets crazier. That was really like icing on the cake. It gets crazier."
Viewers saw Hodge's character, Noah, separated from Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) last season as he was caught and put in prison, and while Hodge stayed mum whether the pair would reunite on screen, he revealed that they'll definitely "fight" to get back to each other.
"I will tell you that they fight really, really hard to get back to one another. Whether it happens or not, we won't really »
“Postpartum depression’s very real and we don’t talk about it, and I think it’s so incredibly brave of Chrissy to use her platform to be that vulnerable and that honest,” the star of the John Legend-executive-produced series Underground tells People.
Adds Smollett-Bell, 30, “Because I think it gives other women this voice, and it empowers them to say, ‘Listen, you don’t have to be ashamed of it. »
- Jen Juneau
When Underground returns to Wgn America for season two on Wednesday, March 8, it’ll make history by presenting Harriet Tubman’s narrative onscreen for the first time since 1978, when Cicely Tyson played the abolitionist on the TV miniseries A Woman Called Moses. In the 39 years since, there’s been little of Tubman’s vast story -- from her escape from slavery to the Underground Railroad to her role as spy and military leader during the Civil War and, later, a suffragette -- presented, unless one counts her brief appearance on an episode of NBC's 1982 time-traveling series Voyagers! or in 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which even the film’s screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith, admitted was “sad.”
In fact, several versions of Abraham Lincoln’s story have appeared on TV and in theaters since 1978, with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earning Daniel Day-Lewis the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the president. Even [link=nm »
Above, check out John Legend as abolitionist Frederick Douglass in season two of the Underground TV series on Wgn America. Below, we have also have the trailer featuring Legend's "In America." The second season of the underground railroad historical drama premieres on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00pm Et/Pt.The Underground TV show stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller, and Christopher Meloni. The Wgn America cast also includes Christopher Backus, Marc Blucas, Reed Diamond, James Lafferty, Amirah Vann, Bokeem Woodbine, Aisha Hinds, Jasika Nicole, Michael Trotter, Jesse Luken, Sadie Stratton, and Robert Christopher RileyRead More… »
The season two premiere of Underground is a week away.
So I can't think of a better time then now, to share some of the best moments of Underground's thrilling first season.
It was quite a daunting task to come up with just a few key moments, when the entire first season was extraordinary.
There was heartbreak, action, romance, inspiration and tenderness. There were scenes that highlighted a character's vulnerability, and others that showcased their strength. There were many, that were game changers, shifting the course of the season.
You name it. Underground had them all.
So check out some of the best moments from the first season. Do you agree with them? Do you have some of your own that you think are missing? Sound off in the comments!
Underground Season 2 Episode 1 premieres on March.8!
1. Ernestine Seduces Tom to Protect James Ernestine is hands down one of the greatest characters on television. »
- Jasmine Blu
Tuesday night, the cast of Wgn America’s “Underground” debuted its second season at the Westwood Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
The hourlong series ushered in new cast members like Bokeem Woodbine and Aisha Hinds — who arrived in a custom gown to pay homage to her character, Harriet Tubman — and also introduced twists and turns for the more established characters like Noah, played by Aldis Hodge; Rosalee, who is brought to life by Jurnee Smollett-Bell; Elizabeth, portrayed by Jessica De Gouw; John Hawkes played by Marc Blucas; and Amirah Vann‘s Ernestine.
“I have so much respect for her,” Vann said of her character. “You can’t walk in her shoes for this many months and not feel a little taller, own your truth more, be courageous as a woman, as a black woman. I’m better for her.”
Smollett-Bell also recalled an acting growth spurt saying, “I think it’s the hardest work I’ve ever »
- Ericka Franklin
We have news from Starz, History Channel, Fox and Wgn America.
All of it is wonderful!
Starz announced today that the highly-anticipated eight-episode first season of their original Series American Gods, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, will make its network premiere on Sunday, April 30th at 9/8c.
Starz also debuted the U.S. key art, which you can see below.
Both announcements come ahead of the World Premiere and extended Q&A of the series at SXSW in March. The series will debut publicly at the festival on March 11 at 11c at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center followed by an extended Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Elvis Mitchell.
Showrunners and cast in attendance will include Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Orlando Jones, Jonathan Tucker and Betty Gilpin.
- Carissa Pavlica
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