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‘Underground’: Director Anthony Hemingway Remains Hopeful, But Fate to Be Determined Soon

29 July 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The final decision on whether “Underground” can be revived should be known by the end of August.

That’s the word from executive producer and director Anthony Hemingway, who said Saturday that the show hasn’t yet been officially canceled. Wgn America opted not to renew the show for a third season this spring, along with “Outsiders,” and wiped its development slate as it shifted direction away from premium scripted series.

“We’re still waiting,” he said. “I think we have until the end of August to have the definitive answer on whether we find a new home or not. I stay hopeful until the last moment.”

Read More‘Underground’ Canceled After Two Seasons, Officially Taking Wgn America Out of the Drama Game

Hemingway said the show’s producers are relying on the fact that “Underground” wasn’t canceled because of ratings concerns, but in the wake of Wgn America’s programming shift. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Underground’: Director Anthony Hemingway Remains Hopeful, But Fate to Be Determined Soon

29 July 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The final decision on whether “Underground” can be revived should be known by the end of August.

That’s the word from executive producer and director Anthony Hemingway, who said Saturday that the show hasn’t yet been officially canceled. Wgn America opted not to renew the show for a third season this spring, along with “Outsiders,” and wiped its development slate as it shifted direction away from premium scripted series.

“We’re still waiting,” he said. “I think we have until the end of August to have the definitive answer on whether we find a new home or not. I stay hopeful until the last moment.”

Read More‘Underground’ Canceled After Two Seasons, Officially Taking Wgn America Out of the Drama Game

Hemingway said the show’s producers are relying on the fact that “Underground” wasn’t canceled because of ratings concerns, but in the wake of Wgn America’s programming shift. »

- Michael Schneider

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Emmys 2017: TV’s Top Showrunners Pick Their Favorite Shows

21 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Every awards show reflects the tastes of its voting pool. The Golden Globe Awards are voted on by obscure journalists from outlets no one has ever heard of. The People’s Choice Awards are voted on by people.

But the Emmys are voted on by the group whose opinion is most trusted by the folks who make television — other folks who make television. Those are the individuals who understand not only that making a great piece of television is hard, but also why it’s hard.

Showrunners, being the persons in charge, are the TV professionals who have the most holistic view of the craft. »

- Variety Staff

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Directors Bring Diverse TV Projects to Life

14 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two of this year’s most-talked about pieces of television are the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” on Netflix and the “Minty” installment of Wgn’s “Underground.”

The directors who brought these episodes to life aren’t household names, at least not yet. But given their knack for bringing powerful and unforgettable projects to the small screen, it will only be a matter of time before that changes for Melina Matsoukas (“Thanksgiving”) and Anthony Hemingway (“Minty”).

Matsoukas is the mastermind behind Beyonce’s edgy “Formation” music video that garnered all kinds of buzz in 2016. The Grammy-winning director followed that up months later as an executive producer on Issa Rae’s “Insecure.” She also directed four out of eight of the HBO series’ episodes including the provocative season-one finale.

“The surreal part is all the wonderful artists I’ve been able to collaborate with and how in-line we are,” Matsoukas says. “The »

- Mekeisha Madden Toby

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‘This Is Us,’ ‘Strangers Things’ Examine Eras of American and Global History

14 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Whether binged over a few sittings or watched on a weekly basis, television has the ability to transport a viewer back in time in ways other media cannot. Programs set in different eras can often say something about our current political climate or offer audiences an escape to what was many remember as happier times. The former is actually part of the creative magic that helped turned “Stranger Things” into a cultural phenomenon almost a year ago.

The Netflix series was directly inspired by ‘80s movies and plays on the familiar conspiratorial theme of a group of young kids who get caught up in some otherworldly events at a local government research facility. As the program’s co-creator Ross Duffer points out that setting proved to be a comforting nostalgia trip for many.

“When people look back at their childhood or their youth they look at it through sort of guilt where is seems like those were »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Emmy Race Gets Topical This Year as Dramas Double Down on Reality

5 June 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Escapism dominates at multiplexes. But on the small screen, dramas are channeling the zeitgeist in increasingly novelistic ways.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Americans” have all tapped into unease about government activity, joining “Homeland” and “House of Cards” in that preoccupation, while “Orange Is the New Black” and “This Is Us” tackle social issues head-on.

Even “The Crown,” a period drama rife with political intrigue surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s ascendancy to the throne decades ago, has added resonance in the deeply politicized and sexually regressive Trump era. “Underground,” is based in the 19th century, but doesn’t seem dated when viewed against the backdrop of Black Lives Matter protests.

Thanks to these shows, and the fact that HBO heavyweight “Game of Thrones” is out of the running due to its production schedule, the Emmy race could get a lot more topical this year. As the late-night ratings attest, substance »

- Dade Hayes

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‘Underground’ Canceled After Two Seasons, Officially Taking Wgn America Out of the Drama Game

30 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Tribune Media has officially canceled the critically acclaimed “Underground,” and with that, Wgn America is now out of the quality period drama game.

Underground,” which depicted the pre-Civil War fight for freedom during an era of slavery, will not be continuing for a third season on Wgn America, although producer Sony Pictures Television is said to be aggressively looking to find a new home for the show (but doesn’t have anything to announce yet).

Read More: With ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ and ‘Underground,’ Director Anthony Hemingway Is Redefining TV’s Approach to Race

“As Wgn America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape,” Peter Kern, President and CEO, Tribune Media Company, said in a statement. “This move is designed to deliver additional »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Underground’ Canceled After Two Seasons, Officially Taking Wgn America Out of the Drama Game

30 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tribune Media has officially canceled the critically acclaimed “Underground,” and with that, Wgn America is now out of the quality period drama game.

Underground,” which depicted the pre-Civil War fight for freedom during an era of slavery, will not be continuing for a third season on Wgn America, although producer Sony Pictures Television is said to be aggressively looking to find a new home for the show (but doesn’t have anything to announce yet).

Read More: With ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ and ‘Underground,’ Director Anthony Hemingway Is Redefining TV’s Approach to Race

“As Wgn America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape,” Peter Kern, President and CEO, Tribune Media Company, said in a statement. “This move is designed to deliver additional »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Underground’ Canceled After 2 Seasons at Wgn America

30 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wgn America has canceled “Underground” after two seasons, Variety has learned.

The series chronicled the lives of both runaway slaves and abolitionists in the pre-Civil War United States struggling for freedom in what would become known as the Underground Railroad. It starred Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis HodgeAmirah Vann, Alano Miller, Christopher Meloni, and Jessica de Guow. Aisha Hinds joined the show in Season 2 as legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman. It was created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, who also executive produced alongside John Legend, Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, Joby Harold, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Anthony Hemingway. Sony Pictures TV produced.

Peter Kern, the newly-minted president and CEO of Wgna parent company Tribune Media, issued the following statement:

“As Wgn America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape. This »

- Joe Otterson

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Showrunners Share the Worst Advice They’ve Gotten and Best Advice They Give

23 May 2017 5:51 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joe Pokaski, the co-creator of “Underground,” has no trouble remembering the worst advice he got about his Underground Railroad drama. “We sat in front of somebody, who was the brother of somebody else. He actually said, which will be the title of a book someday, ‘I haven’t read your script, but I know how to fix it,'” Pokaski said. That kind of unhelpful advice was not on display Monday as a panel of top drama showrunners gathered for TheWrap’s Emmy-season screening series. Pokaski and his “Underground” co-showrunner Misha Green, sat alongside Eric Newman of Netflix’s  “Narcos, »

- Linda Ge

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‘Underground’s Aisha Hinds Says America 2017 Could Learn A Lot From Harriet Tubman – The Contenders Emmys Video

10 May 2017 3:54 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"We're living in a country that was built on the backs of the enslaved and has shaped the souls of our humanity, and so we need to sort of revisit Harriet Tubman and her story," Underground actor Aisha Hinds said last month at Deadline's The Contenders Emmy event. She plays the iconic abolitionist on Wgn America’s pre-Civil War drama created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski. "I think that we would do well to take a page out of her book and include may people outside of… »

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Norman Lear, John Wells, Bruce Cohen Join Produced By Conference as Speakers

10 May 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has added Norman Lear, John Wells and Bruce Cohen as speakers at its ninth annual Produced By Conference.

The event will be held on June 10 and 11 at the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles. Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Shawn Levy, and Ted Sarandos have been announced previously as speakers.

The panels will include “Conversation With: Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and Bruce Cohen,” “Conversation With: Jordan Peele and Norman Lear,” and “Conversation With: Damien Chazelle and John Wells.”

Cohen won the Academy Award for Best Picture for “American Beauty.” Wells is an executive producer on “Shameless” and “The West Wing.” Lear was the creator of “All in the Family” and “One Day at a Time.”

Additional speakers include Doug Belgrad, Janet Brown, Gloria Calderon-Kellett, Bob Eicholtz, DeVon Franklin, Carolyn Giardina, Mitch Gross, Pete Hammond, Jeffrey Hirsch, Pearlena Igbokwe, Matt Kaplan, Jody Kelley, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Underground’ Creators And Star Aisha Hinds On The Series’ Conjuring Of Harriet Tubman — AwardsLine Screening Series

3 May 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“We do so much research, and our problem is we find so many great things,” Underground co-creator Joe Pokaski said last night, discussing the second season of the Wgn America series. “As we read about Harriet [Tubman] and started to understand her, we all know she's a superhero; it's about understanding her as a person, and realizing that we all have [it] within us to become Harriet.” A period drama created by Pokaski and Misha Green, Underground sets the stage in its… »

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Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger gets its first trailer

20 April 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Marvel are certainly pulling out all the stops in their quest for world domination. And not just over their big screen presence but the small screen as well with their comic book adaptations which have a firm home at streaming service Netflix. The next project coming in the form of Cloak and Dagger, even though not released until next year, has a brand new trailer.

Related: Find out more on Cloak and Daggers two leads

Based on the comic of the same name the story centres on the young adults, Tandy Bowen/Dagger (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph), two teenagers from different backgrounds who are coming to terms with their interracial relationship as well as their with newly acquired superpowers – Tandy can emit daggers of light, while Tyrone can engulf others in darkness – even as they fall in love.

The trailer which is full »

- Zehra Phelan

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Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger Series Unveils Pulsing First Trailer

19 April 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Olivia Holt (Tandy Bowen) and Aubrey Joseph (Tyrone Johnson) become Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger in today’s pulsing first trailer for the coming-of-age superhero story.

Bursting with young romance and teenage angst, the live-action Cloak and Dagger comes from the mind of showrunner Joe Pokaski (Underground, Heroes), who will tell the tale of Tandy (Dagger) and Johnson (Cloak) as they each struggle to wrangle their superhuman abilities under control. As the teaser alludes to, the titular characters have something of a history together, having come into contact with one another as kids. Exactly how that chance (?) meeting filters into the story, though, is still up for question.

They are, in essence, the polar opposites of each other; Holt’s Tandy Bowen can emit blinding light daggers on a whim, while Tyrone “Ty” Johnson harbors an ability that allows him to engulf others in darkness. Together, they form an alliance (and romance? »

- Michael Briers

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‘Underground’ Cast And EPs On Harriet Tubman’s Legacy & Cato’s Dark Side – Contenders Emmys

9 April 2017 5:06 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Wgn America’s Underground made waves at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys on Sunday by showing three powerful clips that had the audience cheering along. In attendance were series creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, director Anthony Hemingway, as well as actors Alano Miller and Aisha Hinds, who spoke about how prevalent the topics in the drama are right now. Season 2 of Underground was a solid ratings vehicle for the network. Set in the aftermath… »

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Jasika Nicole on ‘Underground,’ Representation and Rewriting History

28 March 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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Remote Controlled: ‘Full Frontal’s’ Samantha Bee & Jo Miller Talk Trump; Plus John Legend & Jurnee Smollett on ‘Underground’ Season 2

17 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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Exclusive: How ‘Underground’ Is Making History by Telling Harriet Tubman’s Story on Screen

8 March 2017 12:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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 »

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‘Underground’ Season 2 Review: Slave-Era Drama Stronger With Harriet Tubman

7 March 2017 4:33 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Debuting on March 8, Season 2 of Underground has more action, more heart-pumping- and heart- stopping drama, and more moral muscle than its Wgn America ratings-record-breaking debut of last year. And, as I say in my video review above, the first season of the Misha Green- and Joe Pokaski-created series about the Underground Railroad and the race for freedom for slaves, wasn't exactly short on those admirable qualities to begin with. With the set-up of Season 1 behind the J… »

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