OWN has acquired WGN’s historical drama “Underground.”
Full disclosure: I feel a way about this acquisition because folks literally took to the streets of social media and begged Oprah Winfrey to save the series when WGN placed it on the chopping block in May 2017.
OWN declined to pick up the series due to it’s extremely expensive budget and one of the best series on cable television was canceled just like that (snaps finger) after only two seasons.
Here’s the scoop on the series starring Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett, and Christopher Meloni:
In 1857, a restless slave named Noah (Hodge) 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. T
hey 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.x
Well, the bright side is you will be able to experience Misha Green‘s incredible series for the first time or watch it again on OWN starting January 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
According to OWN, the series will have a revitalized presentation with newly filmed episodic introductions by cast members, never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and more.
Will you be tuned in for “Underground” on OWN?