May 30, 2017
It is being reported that WGN America has cancelled Underground, its last remaining scripted original, after two seasons. The move had been somewhat expected after the cable network axed its top-rated series Outsiders last month.
The move to clean house comes as a result of a recent decision by WGN America to focus on a more diverse programming strategy aimed at reaching a broader audience. What the means exactly, is not yet clear, though it is speculated that the cable network will shift to existing programming that is looking for a second outlet and shows with reduced licensing fees.
As for the future of Underground, word is that Sony Pictures Television has been actively looking to find it a new home. Their efforts have so far not yielded any results, with BET and OWN reportedly having already passed on it.
Set in 1857, Underground focused on a plantation in Georgia and a group of slaves who plan a daring 600-mile escape from their captors. While on the run they are helped by an abolitionist couple who operate a station on the Underground Railroad.