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Connection to Murder Trailer: Shoot the Messenger!

Shoot the Messenger – Daisy Channing (Elyse Levesque) and Lucas Bryant (Simon Olenski) – Photo courtesy of WGN America.

WGN America has released a teaser trailer for the limited series, “Shoot the Messenger,” which is slated to premiere early 2018. The eight-part, one-hour series stars Elyse Levesque (“Orphan Black”) as Daisy Channing, Lyriq Bent (“The Book of Negroes”) as Kevin Lutz, Lucas Bryant (“Haven”) as Simon Olenski and Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who,” “ER”) as Mary Foster.

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Prime Crime Trailers: WGN America Adds 100 Code, Shoot the Messenger and Pure To Its Prime Crime Lineup!

L to R: Dominic Monaghan as Tommy Conley and the late Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Eklund in “100 Code”; Elyse Levesque as Daisy Channing and Simon Olenski as Lucas Bryant in “Shoot the Messenger”; and Gord Rand as Abel Funk, Ryan Robbins as Noah Funk and Dylan Taylor as Joey Epp in “Pure.”

While WGN America might have gotten out of the ‘premiere series’ game, that hasn’t meant it’s abandoning original scripted programming.

Following its acquisition of Anna Paquin’s Bellvue, WGN America has acquired a trio of shows for its ‘Prime Crime’ slate: 100 Code, Shoot the Messenger and Pure. Read on to check out trailers for all four shows – which will premiere in 2018.

100 Code finds Dominic Monaghan’s New York homicide detective tracking a serial killer to Stockholm; Shoot the Messenger follows Elyse Levesque’s reporter becoming part of her story when she witnesses a homicide, and Pure follows a newly-elected Mennonite pastor trying to rid his community of drugs but is in over head.

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WGN America Acquires Rights To Small Town Murder Mystery Series Bellvue!

Bellevue – Annie Ryder (Anna Paquin), Peter (Shawn Doyle) Photo by Jan Thijs/Courtesy of WGN America

Welcome to “Bellevue” – a small town with big secrets. Twenty years ago   the murder of a young woman traumatized the community. Now the killer is back. Or is he?

Bellvue is a new drama series starring Oscar®-winning actress Ann Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, who has a connection to the twenty-year old murder.

Bellvue will premiere on WGN America in early 2018.

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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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WGN’s Underground Cancelled!!!!

You all know I have mad love for WGN, wth are you guys doing? You cancel Manhatten, Salem, Outsiders and now Underground? Are there any shows left? I’ve been to the set of a couple of these shows and can tell you WGN invested heavily in these productions. It seems clear they are getting out of the scripted show game. I’m hoping I’m wrong because I have no clue what this means for the future of WGN as a viable network. As far as I can tell they don’t have anything new in the pipeline.

I think the problem is that while I absolutely loved all their shows, they weren’t “easily digestible,” nor had wide appeal. You really needed to be in a specific mindset to watch them they were brutal and intense, but always took you on a strange, interesting, and ultimately satisfying journey. I loved WGN because they weren’t afraid to think outside the box and be bold and different.  Here’s the official release. The statement from Peter Kern seems particularly laughable. Not happy about this news at all.

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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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