WGN America Cancels ‘Underground’

Series ends after two seasons as WGN America moves away from scripted content
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WGN America has canceled scripted drama series Underground after two seasons.

The cancellation of the slavery-themed series Tuesday comes after the network signaled its plans to reallocate resources away from the scripted series business as part of Sinclair Television’s merger with WGN America parent Tribune. The network in April canceled another scripted drama series Outsiders after two seasons.

“This move is designed to deliver additional value for our advertising and distribution partners and offer viewers more original content across our air,” said Peter Kern, president and CEO for Tribune Media Company in a statement. “Despite Underground being a terrific and important series, it no longer fits with our new direction and we have reached the difficult decision not to renew it for a third season.” 

In its second season, Underground – which stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge and is executive produced by John Legend, boosted WGN America to a record-setting, best primetime month in its history this past March, according to network officials. 

“We are grateful to the loyal fans of Underground and our partners at Sony Pictures Television,” stated Kern. “It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination and freedom.”