UNDERGROUND: Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

The cast of UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

In Season 2 of WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, which concludes Wednesday, May 10, things have gotten even more dangerous for the main characters. Escaped slave Rosalee, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, is now working in the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds, to help other slaves flee to freedom. Meanwhile, Noah, played by Aldis Hodge, who changed his own plans to help Rosalee, has spent time in prison and nearly been executed, all of which has a major effect on him. Hodge and Smollett-Bell sit down to talk about their characters in UNDERGROUND’s second season, as well as what […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

The cast of UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

Created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, UNDERGROUND is a drama that explores the early days of the Underground Railroad, which began before the American Civil War. The Underground Railroad helped enslaved Americans escape the South to the free states of the North and to Canada. Although UNDERGROUND deals primarily with fictional characters, including escapees Aldis Hodge’s Noah, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Rosalee and Alano Miller’s Cato, and Jessica De Gouw’s white convert to the cause Elizabeth, in Season 2, UNDERGROUND includes some notable historical figures. Chief among these is Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds, and black statesman […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Jessica De Gouw & Alano Miller – exclusive interview

The cast of UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

Jessica De Gouw and Alano Miller have both been giving interviews for hours already when they sit down with Assignment X to talk about Season 2 of WGN America’s Wednesday-night drama UNDERGROUND. However, both actors talk about the pre-Civil War series, concerning the Underground Railroad, with an energy and enthusiasm that belies their long day. De Gouw plays Elizabeth Hawkes, who is initially drawn into the abolitionist movement by her husband John (Marc Blucas), but who over the first season developed perhaps even more passion for the cause than her spouse has. Miller plays Cato, who bears visible scars inflicted […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Aldis Hodge – exclusive interview

Jurnee Smollett-Bell As Rosalee in UNDERGROUND on WGN | © 2016 WGN

In WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, Wednesday nights in its first season and renewed for a second, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge star as, respectively, Rosalee and Noah. It’s 1857. Noah has worked out a plan for himself and several others to escape from the plantation where they are held in slavery – a plan that gets radically accelerated when Rosalee has to defend herself from attack by a rapacious oversee and consequently must run for her life. Eventually, the two begin working together as they unknowingly help pave the way for the Underground Railroad, which conducted many slaves to freedom over […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Amirah Vann on the period piece WGN drama – exclusive interview

Amirah Vann as Ernestine in WGN's UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

In WGN America’s Wednesday night drama UNDERGROUND, it’s 1857 and the Underground Railroad, which shepherds people to freedom (key “conductor” Harriet Tubman is replacing Andrew Jackson on U.S. currency) is still in its formative days. Seven black people have escaped from the Macon plantation. Miss Ernestine, played by Amirah Vann, is a slave in charge of the Macon household. She is also the mother of Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), one of the escapees. Plantation owner Tom Macon (Reed Diamond) has offered a huge reward for the capture of the people he sees as his property. However, there are hints that Rosalee […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Sterling K. Brown & Anthony Hemingway – exclusive interview

Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

In FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, which concludes Tuesday, April 5, Sterling K. Brown plays prosecution team member Christopher Darden. The Missouri-born Brown, who appeared earlier this year in the film WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT and was a regular on ARMY WIVES, is known for his arcs on SUPERNATURAL as Gordon Walker and on PERSON OF INTEREST as Cal Beecher. While discussing playing the increasingly frustrated and disillusioned Darden, Brown is joined by Anthony Hemingway, who directed five episodes of THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON. AX: What was your impression of the trial at the time […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Anthony Hemingway gives the Season 1 scoop – exclusive interview

Alano Miller as CATO in UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, premiering on Wednesday, March 9, is set in the year 1857, when slavery still plagued much of the United States and the U.S. Civil War had not yet occurred. The Underground Railroad, the dangerous network of way stations and helpers by which some people escaped their captors to the northern states and into Canada, was in its formative stages. Anthony Hemingway directed the first four episodes of UNDERGROUND. By a coincidence of timing, he also has episodes currently airing of another very different drama that also involves race in the U.S., FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. […]Read On »

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CD Review: MEDAL OF HONOR: THE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (2,000 edition)

MEDAL OF HONOR: The Soundtrack Collection | ©2011 La La Land Records

Having conquered movies and television with his particular brand of Americana, it was only natural for Steven Spielberg to apply his excellent production values to a brave new world of home entertainment. Console fare had certainly evolved beyond the 8-bit by 1999, the year when Spielberg decided to jump into the fray with Electronic Arts for the first MEDAL OF HONOR release on November 11th– a day that shall live in glory for videogame franchises, let alone for marking the real first step of taking their music seriously. For a director whose product was renowned for its production value, Spielberg […]Read On »

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