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Please Pick Up the Television Show "Underground"

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WGN America’s riveting and critically acclaimed drama UNDERGROUND has been cancelled. Fans are heart-broken. UNDERGROUND told the story of America's uncompromising struggle for freedom at the time of the civil war, and provided an insightful look at the Underground Railroad and the Black and White American men and women who risked their lives so that they and others could be free.

This was no simple show about slavery; it was an action-packed adventure that kept viewers glued to the screen during its weekly broadcast, and rushing to see the next episode. This ground breaking series had great writing, acting, producing, directing, sets and costumes, not to mention the sound track.

UNDERGROUND still has a passionate and very committed fan base.It delivered 3 million total viewers weekly, making history as WGN's most-watched original program ever in its freshman season. 

UNDERGROUND was nominated for four NAACP Image Awards and received TVfest's Cast Award for outstanding contributions to the art of television. The  shows talented multi-cultural cast included Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica de Gouw, Alano Miller, Aisha Hinds, Christopher Meloni, Amirah Vann, Jasika, DeWanda Wisel Trotter, Jesse Luken, Sadie Stratton and John Legend as renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Many agree that It is the best television that they have seen in a number of years.

When stating why it cancelled the show, new WGN executives (the station was recently sold) said that it would be moving in another direction and as such would not be continuing with UNDERGROUND. They also expressed pride in helping to bring UNDERGROUND to television, and wished the series' production team well in finding a new home for the show.

This petition is being circulated in hopes that UNDERGROUND will be picked up by another outlet. Two years ago a similar action was taken for the show Nashville and it worked. 

Please support the return of UNDERGROUND by signing this petition. 




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