“Empire’s” Jussie Smollett will guest star in WGN America’s acclaimed new hit series “Underground,” marking the first time in 20 years that Smollett will appear in the same series as his younger sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Rosalee). Smollett will play Josey, a “wild-eyed runaway,” in the upcoming episode, “Firefly,” premiering this Wednesday, March 30 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on WGN America.
“Underground” was the #1 trending topic on Twitter last Wednesday night during its airing, and fans can catch up on the much-talked about series in a marathon of the first three episodes airing back-to-back today starting at 8 p.m.
Season-to-date, WGN America’s “Underground” has delivered a remarkable 3 million Total Viewers on Wednesday nights in Live + 3 DVR viewing and is the network’s highest performing original drama ever. The hit freshman show is the #6 highest-rated cable series premiere of the 2015-16 Broadcast TV season.
In the all-new fourth episode of “Underground,” John and Elizabeth Hawkes come face-to-face with Josey in a traumatic confrontation and test of wills. The Macons realize Noah and Rosalee are missing and enlist August Pullman to help find the runaways. Meanwhile, Ernestine tries to cope with her daughter’s absence and the others debate whether they should run. Cato enacts a daring plan that has immediate repercussions on the plantation, while Pearly Mae makes an extremely difficult personal decision.
From creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, and executive producer John Legend, the 10-episode, hour-long program tells the unflinching story of a group of courageous men and women who band together for the fight of their lives – for their families, their future and their freedom.
The “Underground” cast includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee; Aldis Hodge; Christopher Meloni as August Pullman; Alano Miller as Cato; Jessica de Gouw as Elizabeth Hawkes; Marc Blucas as John Hawkes; Adina Porter as Pearly Mae; Mykelti Williamson as Moses; Amirah Vann as Ernestine; Johnny Ray Gill as Sam; Chris Chalk as William Still; Reed Diamond as Tom Macon; Theodus Crane as Zeke; Renwick Scott as Henry; James Lafferty as U.S. Marshall Kyle Risdin and Jussie Smollett as Josey.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, “Underground” is created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski who executive produce alongside Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures; and Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safehouse Pictures.