“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,” Tribune Media president and CEO Peter Kern “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.”
Despite the critical love, the slavery-era program’s cancellation isn’t too much of a surprise. Tribute Media was recently purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The latter has made it clear that it would de-emphasize high-end scripted series, ergo Underground and Outsiders‘ recent cancellation.
All is not lost for fans though. Sony Picture Television is shopping around Underground to other networks. BET and OWN were in the mix early, but passed due to the show’s reported costly $5 million budget per episode. John Legend, who is a co-producer, addressed the cancellation via Twitter.
“WGN America has been bought and is going a different direction strategically. We will find a new home for #Underground! 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 tweeted.
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