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We received news last week that Amirah Vann joining the cast of Underground for WGN America. And we already know that Devon Gummersall, Mykelti Williamson and Kanye West have all joined the project, although Mr. West won’t be on camera. Today, we find out that Gummersall is leaving the show. His character John Hawkes will now be played by Marc Blucas (Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

Underground tracks a group of runaway slaves from a Georgia plantation to trek six hundred miles to freedom. These slaves are helped by secret revolutionary advocates through the Underground Railroad as they run under constant fear of being brought back to the plantation dead or alive. Blucas’ John Hawkes is an abolitionist lawyer who will go against the law he should abide by to do human nature a great service.

Shooting is now underway in Baton Rouge. Cast and crew will travel to Georgia to film as well. Underground will premiere on WGN America next spring. If you’re interested in working on the set of Underground, then visit jobScene for more information.

Source: Deadline

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Amirah Vann Cast in Baton Rouge-Shot ‘Underground’

by Jordan McGuire on April 15, 2015

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About a week ago we received news of Kanye West becoming the musical executive producer for the new Baton Rouge-shot TV series Underground. The newest member of the Underground family is Amirah Vann. She joins the likes of Devon Gummersall (Mad Men) and Mykelti Williamson (Justified) who had previously joined the cast of the Underground Railroad period piece.

WGN America’s Underground is a pre-Civil war drama revolving around the audacious pioneers that traveled underground to freedom. Sony Pictures and Tribune Studios take the journey with a group of slaves who flee a Georgia plantation in hopes of traveling across the country to earn their freedom.

Vann will play Ernestine, the head house slave. Ernestine is a master in navigation around the plantation but will be greatly tested when the slaves she once called family run. You might have seen Amirah Vann in the HBO comedy series Girls. Her other credits include Tracers and And So It Goes.

Shooting is set to begin on April 13 in Baton Rouge. Cast and crew will travel to Georgia to film as well. Underground will premiere on WGN America next spring. If you’re interested in working on the set of Underground, then visit jobScene for more information.

Source: Deadline

 

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Kanye West will serve as musical executive producer for the new Baton Rouge-shot TV series Underground. West’s initial involvement with the slavery period piece drama was rumored in February. But as of yesterday, the rumors were put aside as the fish stick loving rapper signed on to bring his genius music to television.

Underground is created by Joe Pokaski and Misha Green. The script was penned by The Da Vinci Code’s Akiva Goldsman. WGN America ordered a ten-episode season following the tales and tribulations of the Underground Railroad. Underground follows Salem as the second series shot in Louisiana for WGN America. Some filming will also take place in Georgia.

The cast of Underground includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Christopher Meloni (Special Victims Unit) Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Jesse De Gouw (Arrow). Recently, Underground added two new players to the cast in Devon Gummersall and Mykelti Williamson.

Gummersall has a stint in the final season of Mad Men and will play the role of John Hawkes. Hawkes is a lawyer and a man trying balance the torn world that he now lives in.

Mykelti Williamson, (better known as the co-owner of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.), will play Moses, a passionate preacher who joins the slaves and takes his own family on the run. Williamson has held recent roles on Justified, Hawaii Five-O, Nashville and 24.

Shooting is set to begin on April 13 in Baton Rouge. Cast and crew will travel to Georgia to film as well. Underground will premiere on WGN America next spring. If you’re interested in working on the set of Underground, then visit jobScene for more information.

Source: Deadline

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The 2015 Grammy Awards – Winners

by Jordan McGuire on February 9, 2015

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Sam Smith dominated the Grammy stage, bringing home four awards for best new artist, best pop vocal album, record of the year and song of the year. Beck topped Beyonce for album of the year, which left Kanye West stunned, again. And Madonna threw it down better than any fifty-six-year-old woman ever could.

Here is the full rundown of all the Grammy winners.

Record of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Worlds Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Salli Isaak Songs, Ltd./Universal Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork

Song of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters

Album of the Year
Beck – Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters

Best Rap Album
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

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Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children”
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner There’s more!

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