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Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad

Expanding its slate of original programming, WGN America today announced casting and premiere info for its next straight-to-series order – the scripted drama “Underground,” which will follow the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni and Jessica De Gouw have all been cast in the series, which is created by Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Joe Pokaski (“CSI”), who will also and exec produce with Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures and Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures.

Anthony Hemingway will direct the first two episodes (there will be 10 total), with production set to begin in the spring for a 2016 debut.

“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 Television. 

“High-quality original series have consistently helped establish channel brands with the audience, and WGN appreciates and takes that value proposition seriously,” added Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and production for SPT.

No details on what characters the above actors who’ve been cast will play.

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