WGN America has recently announced that “Underground” has been canceled after just two seasons of its critically claim run. If another network doesn’t pick up the hot series that has everyone on the edge of their laptops buffering away, “Underground” may not get renewed for another season.  Tribune Media is the parent group of WGN, and is currently involved in a power deal with Sinclair Broadcasting Group 3.9 billion dollars on the table to deter WGN from the go-to station for well-scripted series to whatever else they have in mind.

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Peter Kern from Tribune Media said this statement to follow the announcement Tuesday:

“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. We are tremendously proud of this landmark series that captured the zeitgeist and made an impact on television in a way never before seen on the medium. We thank the incomparable creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and the great John Legend, along with the talented creative team and cast who brought the unsung American heroes of the Underground Railroad to life. We are grateful to the loyal fans of Underground and our partners at Sony Pictures Television. It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination, and freedom.”

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is the second time Kern has canceled a series under his appointment. In earlier times he discontinued “Outsiders” over similar statements, that he wanted to take resources to a different substance that would reach a more diverse audience that was cost effective to the strategy used. Kern also claimed that the goal was to obtain apparently more creative content that is relevant to the landscape. As if African American based television shows were not at its peak already that has been adding value to many stations nationally.  Many are hopes that “Underground” will be picked up by OWN or BET, but unfortunately they were passed off as too expensive of production to be fulfilled by those networks; similarly, the problem for Netflix’s original series by Baz Luhrmann, “The Get Down.”

Executive producer, singer John Legend took to Twitter to explain that WGN was bought out by a corporate company that was whining down its programming for a different path.

 

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“Content wins. We’re not reliant on a particular network to make great content. We’re so proud of our show and the audience that supported,” Legend wrote. “Be wary of Sinclair though. They’re trying to make local stations mini Fox Newses, but more to the right. Feel free to drop some hints to the networks/streaming services you want to pick up #Underground. Show them who will be watching!”

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Source: The Root

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