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John Legend Only an Emmy Shy of an EGOT!

Underground – John Legend as Frederick Douglass – Photo courtesy of WGN America

Only twelve people have ever pulled off the feat of winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony – and John Legend is an Emmy away from making that club a baker’s dozen strong.

With Legend’s Tony win, last night, as a co-producer of August Wilson’s Jitney, Legend requires only an Emmy to fill out his EGOT checklist/membership card.

With his participation in the second season of critically adored Underground – he’s been submitted for: Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series for his portrayal of renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for John Legend’s original song In America, and for Outstanding Drama Series (John Legend is an Executive Producer on the series), John Legend’s loves using the Musical Instruments Expert to use their instruments on his videos.

Emmy voting opened TODAY and runs through June 26. Nominations will be announced live on July 13.

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Inaugural Split Screens Festival Explores The Best In Scripted Television!

The first Split Screens Festival will be held at New York City’s IFC Center – a week of exploring the absolute best in scripted television.

The festival will include screenings and panels of shows ranging from Brockmire to Orphan Black, The Girlfriend Experience to Underground.

Festival guests will include stars, creatives and directors – Brockmire’s Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet; Orphan Black creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson – and star Tatiana Maslany; star Michael McKean and creator Peter Gould from Better Call Saul; Aisha Hinds, whose Harriet Tubman has launched Underground into the stratosphere, and more.

The festival will also feature the world premiere of the first episode of HBO’s greatly anticipated series The Deuce – starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Split Screens Festival runs from June 2nd – 8th.

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Season Two Finale Set for Underground!

L-R: Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman; Maceo Smedley III as James and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee; Alano Miller as Cato; Jessica de Gouw as Elizabeth, Bokeem Woodbine as Daniel, and Jasika Nicole as Georgia in WGN America’s “Underground”

In Underground’s second season finale Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Noah (Aldis Hodge) come face-to-face with Cato (Alano Miller) who proves once again that he only follows one plan – his own. Harriet (Aisha Hinds) is recruited by John Brown’s men.

The second season finale of WGN America’s revolutionary series Underground airs on Wednesday, May 10th (10/9C). Fans can join the conversation @UndergroundWGN.

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Teaser: Underground Executive Producer John Legend To Guest Star As Renowned Abolitionist!

Underground Season 2 – Episode 205 – Chris Chalk as William Still, John Legend as Frederick Douglass and Alano Miller as Cato – Photo courtesy of WGN America

President Trump might want to catch this week’s episode of WGN America’s Underground – for purely educational purposes if nothing else.

In this week’s episode, Whiteface, John Legend – an executive producer on the show – will guest star as renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass as he attends a Philadelphia party to discuss the cause when events turn chaotic.

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Underground Co-Creator and Star Deliver Domestic Violence and Suicide Prevention PSAs!

Underground – Amirah Vann – Photo Credit : Sony Pictures Television

Underground’s co-creator Misha Green and star Amirah Vann have recorded PSAs for domestic violence and suicide prevention that will air at the conclusion of the show’s March 15th and 22nd episodes.

The PSAs will address domestic violence and suicide prevention to provide a resource for viewers who may be dealing personally with these issues. Vann’s character (Ernestine) faces these struggles, which were brought to light in the season two premiere of “Underground.”

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WGN America Schedules Underground Railroad Documentary Breaking Free!

Pictured above (L – R): Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman, Amirah Vann as Ernestine, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee, Aldis Hodge as Noah, Alano Miller as Cato, and Jessica de Gouw as Elizabeth Hawkes in WGN America’s “Underground.”

WGN America will air the underground railroad documentary Breaking Free ahead of the second season premiere of its hit series Underground.

The documentary special tells the stories of the soldiers of the underground railroad while chronicling the making of season two of WGN America’s Original Series, Underground.

Breaking Free will air on Sunday, March 5th 911/10C). Season two of Underground premieres on Wednesday, March 8th (10/9C).

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WGN’s Underground at Sundance!

I’m in LA this weekend attending a junket for WGN’s Underground. John Legend and the cast spent last weekend promoting the show at Sundance. We got a chance to be the first people, ever, to watch the S2 premiere. I’m not allowed to say much about the season premiere we watched last night but the audience reaction to the very last shot of the episode was funny. To say everyone was shocked is an understatement. Season 2 premieres March 8th. Be sure to check out our Youtube channel for behind the scenes videos of the Junket. Interviews will be posted end of February.

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WGN America Releases New Trailer for Underground; Announces Outsiders After-Show!!

WGN America has released a new teaser for the second season of its hit series Underground and announced a new after-show for its hit series Outsiders. The after-show will be streamed on theStream.tv, the official “Outsiders” Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Outsiders returns Tuesday, January 24th (9/8C); Underground returns Wednesday, March 8th (10/9C). Details follow the jump.

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WGN America Is Taking Underground Back To Sundance!

WGN America’s landmark series Underground will return to the Sundance Film Festival in collaboration with The Blackhouse Foundation,n Institute Associate of the festival.

Series creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, executive producer John Legend and series stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge will participate on a ‘Clips and Conversation’ panel discussion of the acclaimed program on Saturday, January 21st, in Park City, UT.

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WGN America Takes Salem, Outsiders and Salem To 2016 Savannah Film Festival!

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WGN America is taking its three breakout shows – Salem, Outsiders and Underground – to the 2016 Savannah Film Festival.

During the festival, the network will unveil exclusive first looks/extended looks of the three shows and host panels featuring the shows’ casts and creative team members.

The 2016 Savannah Film Festival runs from October 22nd to October 29th. Read on for the list of panels and participants.

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Cradle – An Episode From WGN America’s Underground – Inaugural Screening at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture!

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26:  WGN America's "Underground" screening and panel discussion as the inaugural public program at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 26, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for WGN America)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 26: WGN America’s “Underground” screening and panel discussion as the inaugural public program at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for WGN America)

The first public screening held at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was the Cradle episode from season one of WGN America’s Underground.

Stars Alano Miller, Amirah Vann, Jessica de Gouw and Aisha Hinds, executive producer Mike Jackson, and President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Dr. Clarence Newsome took part in the discussion that followed.

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