Historical Drama ‘Underground’ Headed to OWN in January

Underground TV Show (Credit: WGN)

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the critically acclaimed historical drama Underground, which aired for two seasons on WGN America.

The series is set in the late 1850s before the Civil War, and stars Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures) as Noah, a slave, who aims to lead a small group of fellow slaves from the Macon plantation outside Atlanta to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

In addition to Hodge, the cast includes Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Alano Miller (Cherish The Day), and Jessica De Gouw (The Crown).

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On OWN, the series will feature “newly filmed episodic introductions by cast members, never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and more,” according to a news release from the network.

Sony Pictures Television produced the series from creators Misha Green (Lovecraft Country, Sons of Anarchy, Heroes) and Joe Pokaski (Cloak & Dagger, Heroes). Executive producers include John Legend, Emmy-nominated director Anthony Hemingway, Academy Award-winning writer Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, Joby Harold, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and Mark Taylor.

During its run from 2016 to 2017, the series was nominated for multiple Image Awards and a Television Critics Association award in 2016.

The show starts airing on OWN beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 9PM ET/PT.