SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: John Legend + WGN America Team Up For Groundbreaking ‘Underground’

It’s always nice to see talented people get together and make something extraordinary.

Joined by a very talented team of cast and crew, John Legend, who is serving as one of many executive producers on the project, sat on a Sundance panel to introduce and discuss WGN America’s Underground. Simply put, Underground is a 10-episode, one hour show about a brave group of men and women who come together to organize an epic escape towards freedom via the Underground Railroad. The show, led by Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Eve’s BayouThe Great DebatorsTrue Blood) and Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Leverage) in perhaps the greatest performances of their careers thus far, features a fantastic cast, including Alano Miller (Jane The Virgin), Jessica de Gouw (Arrow, Dracula), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christopher Meloni (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Adina Porter (The 100), Mykelti Williamson (Justified, 24), Amirah Vann (And So It Goes), Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify), Chris Chalk (Gotham), Reed Diamond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Theodus Crane (The Walking Dead), Renwick Scott (Treme) and Empire‘s Jussie Smollett.

Let’s have a look at the trailer:


Along with Legend, show creators and writers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski serve as executive producers. The always awesome Anthony Hemingway (The WireTreme, Shameless) directs and executive produces the first four episodes as well.

Without giving up too much about the show, the cast and crew were able to convey both excitement and pride over being able to be involved in a project that explores the oft-ignored dignity and bravery that existed in one of the darkest times in our country’s history. From what I have seen so far, Underground is a well-rounded, brilliantly written show that shows American heroism as we have never seen it before.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 9 at 10 pm ET/PT for the premiere of Underground. Not sure if you have WGN in your town? You can check here. For your social media pleasure, follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.


For photos from this panel, you can jump here. To talk more film and/or to follow my coverage of Sundance 2016, you can follow + tweet me on the Twitter RIGHT CHEA.

– Khylen Steward, CBS Local

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