‘Underground’ Will Be Back To Revolutionize TV for Another Season
Underground, the freshman break-out hit that captures the peril and hope of slavery, has scored a renewal and set its target on the Emmys.
News broke last week that critical darling Underground will be back for another season on WGN America. The drama, which airs on Wednesdays, has been a consistent performer, ranking as the #6 highest-rated scripted series premiere of any cable drama this season and taking the crown as the #1 original scripted series on cable last Wednesday night.
This is another sure sign of the changing face of entertainment on television. During this current diversity renaissance in entertainment, we’re seeing diversity amongst the actors chosen for roles, the variety of roles they are allowed to play, and the types of shows they are being spotlighted on. Looking at Wednesday nights alone, Rosewood, Black-ish, and Empire, with all black-led casts, air competitively. But each show has had sustained success and can rest easy that they will be back for another season.
But beyond that, these shows are becoming major contenders for awards. Viola Davis made history with her win for her role in How To Get Away With Murder, and the folks at WGN America know they’ve got an award worthy property of their own with Underground. From its cinematography to its costuming, from the acting to the scripting, the show is simply stunning. And in launching their own “For Your Consideration” campaign, the push is on to receive the recognition the show deserves.
The next important step is to see if Underground truly gets rewarded for what it has accomplished. It is only when shows such as this can be taken seriously that progress has truly been made in Hollywood.
Photo credit: WGN America
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