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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 new devilishly cryptic trailer for Season 2 of Salem has been released. Mary is singing a lullaby to her son. The lullaby is sweet on the exterior but is riddled with frightening subtext through high pitched sounds to every jump cut. We also catch a glimpse of Lucy Lawless. Lawless will play Countess Marburg, she claims to be the last of the remaining witches.

Hopefully Lawless’ character will be a worthy adversary to Mary Sibley, the reigning witch. Shane West is briefly seen, too, bloodied and disordered in the forests of Salem. That scene, in particular, reminds me of a scene right out of the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown. The townspeople are frightened as the word “WAR” is written in a fiery font atop a patch of grass. Their fears are answered as they realize that the witch war is upon them.

Salem released some provocative Season 2 key art that illustrates the inevitable witch war.

Finally, the trailer closes with a man sheepishly walking into a house. A small girl tells the man not to enter the house because someone is inside. The man quickly finds out that the small girl was warning the man of his certain death upon entry.

Salem Season 2 premieres April 5. For more information visit the official website wgnamerica.com.

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Shreveport-Shot ‘Salem’ Season 2 Key Art

by Jordan McGuire on February 27, 2015

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Mary Sibley is the baddest witch in Salem. WGN America has just released key art for Season 2 of Salem. The series will pick up during the epic Witch Wars. Janet Montgomery plays the powerful witch Mary Sibley who will face rivals old and new, contending for her mighty throne.

The war-torn town of Salem has undergone wretched havoc as Mary Sibley defends her sovereignty. Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg will return with Montgomery for Season 2. New faces such as Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle and Oliver Bell will inhabit the old witch town in 17th century Massachusetts.

Watch the Season 2 trailerSalem Season 2 premieres April 5. For more information visit the official website wgnamerica.com.

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Mary Sibley hanging from a traditional cross as the world behind her is turned upside down.

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A crow roosts on a witch atop a maligned church.

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Mary Sibley is centered holding a severed noose as her rival witches unnervingly float behind her.

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A noose secures the lips of a witch and is lowered to form the ‘A’ in the Salem title.

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‘Salem’ Season 2 Will Premiere on April 5

by Jordan McGuire

The first original scripted series from WGN America will return with its sophomore season on Sunday, April 5. Salem recently added recurring stars Lucy Lawless and Peter Townsend to the cast in Shreveport, Louisiana. The thirteen-episode second season is described as a “witch war.” Janet Montgomery’s Mary Sibley, the deadliest witch in Salem, vies to take […]