WGN America has announced a partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios for some original programming that mimes events that transpired during the Underground Railroad.
Titled, “Underground,” the cable channel aims to increase its quality of original series with the slave TV drama. The show will follow the events involving slaves who embark on a journey through the fabled “Underground Railroad,” which was a secret connection of tunnels and houses that allowed slaves to escape the South undetected.
The series promises a harrowing look at the men and women who risked their lives in aiding these tortured souls.
Created and written by Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Joe Pokaski (“CSI”), the duo will serve as the show’s executive producers alongside writer Akiva Goldsman (“I Am Legend”). “WGN America has made a commitment to quality programming and we are happy that working together is a significant part of their growth strategy,” said Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production for Sony Pictures Televison.
“High-quality original series have consistently helped to establish channel brands with the audience, and WGN appreciates and rakes value proposition seriously,” added Jamie Erlicht, Sony’s co-president of programming and production. No other details as far as cast, director, or specific date (other than an expected 2015 premiere) have been offered.
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