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‘Underground’ on WGN America: The Railroad Gets Real In Season 2

WGN America’s acclaimed civil rights series Underground is about to teach you more about the heart and soul of Harriet Tubman than you ever learned in history class. In the final scene of Season 1, the famed abolitionist and humanitarian — played by Under the Dome’s Aisha Hinds — encountered Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s escaped slave Rosalee, who’d been separated from her love, Noah (Hidden Figures‘ Aldis Hodge). This season Tubman is a fully realized force in the fractured world of the Macon 7, their allies and enemies. Embodying the civil rights icon, says Hinds, “elevated me in my spiritual life, it […]

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Underground on WGN: Follow the Underground Railroad beyond the history books

WGN America’s ambitious Underground hopes to move what most Americans know about the Underground Railroad well beyond some hazy recollections from history class. The rending 10-episode drama — a three-year labor of love co-executive produced by John Legend and filmed in part on the Plantation Quarters at the Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum — intertwines tales of husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and souls who feel unbearably alone into an intense examination of race, economics, cowardice and courage anchored in the moral and fiscal morass that fostered slavery in 1857 America. “One […]

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TV’s never seen a family like the Farrell clan in “Outsiders”

Get ready, as television has never seen the likes of a family like this. WGN America introduces us to the fictional Farrell family in Outsiders, premiering Tuesday, Jan. 26. The Farrell family has lived off the grid for six generations in the hills of Appalachia. They abide by their own long-held values, secretive beliefs and renegade rules. People don’t go up there, and they don’t come down. When a coal company tries to push the clan off their mountain, things change. Outsiders is an intoxicating look at the clash of two cultures fueled with plenty of action. The clan’s future […]

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Fallout begins in Manhattan Season 2

WGN America’s gripping drama Manhattan, set in the New Mexico desert during the top-secret development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, returns Oct. 13 for its second season. New to the cast is William Petersen, who plays Col. Emmett Darrow, the new military leader at the camp where the research is taking place (this is Petersen’s first TV role since leaving CSI in 2009). Also joining the cast this season are Griffin Dunne as reporter Woodrow Lorentzen; Mamie Gummer as Nora, a member of the Women’s Army Corps; and Neve Campbell as Kitty Oppenheimer, wife of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Daniel London), […]

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On set with the cast of WGN America’s “Manhattan”

Back in June, we were among a group of reporters invited out to the New Mexico set of WGN America‘s new drama Manhattan (airing Sundays at 10pm ET). It was a fascinating experience, and WGN America was kind enough to record the interviews that we did with cast members Katja Herbers, Harry Lloyd, John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zukerman, Michael Chernus, Alexia Fast, Daniel Stern, Christopher Denham and Eddie Shin, as well as creator Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme. Interviews are below, held at various locations on the World War II era-designed Manhattan set. Be sure […]

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WGN America goes nuclear with new drama “Manhattan”

Fueled by mystery and suspense, Manhattan is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside “The Hill,” a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map. The series […]

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Janet Montgomery on “Salem,” Mary Sibley, mice and Margaret Thatcher

British actress Janet Montgomery has dabbled in a number of American TV series, from FOX’s Human Target to CBS’ Made in Jersey, but nothing has come even close to her newest role as Mary Sibley in WGN America’s Salem. “I do know when I read the scripts it definitely gives me the chills and sometimes I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that seems so risqué,’” Montgomery says of Salem, which airs on Sundays at 10pm ET beginning April 20. The series is set in 17th-century Salem at the height of the Salem witch trials, and follows Montgomery’s character Mary Sibley and […]

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Preview of “Salem” on WGN: Sex, nudity and Janet Montgomery as one wicked witch

When it comes to TV’s portrayal of witches, American Horror Story: Coven had its moments, but the newest entry in the genre — Salem — takes a more disturbingly realistic approach to the topic.  The Season 1 premiere of Salem on WGN America (Sunday, April 20 at 10pm ET/9pm CT) takes little time to embark on a wildly wicked and provocatively dark telling of how the 17th-century Salem witch trials actually came to be. And, let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. TV vets Brannon Braga (writer on series like 24 and Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Adam Simon (The […]