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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OUTSIDERS: Actors David Morse and Ryan Hurst on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

The cast of OUTSIDERS Season 2 | © 2017 WGN

In WGN America’s OUTSIDERS, now in its second season on Tuesday nights, David Morse and Ryan Hurst play father and son, Big Foster Farrell and Li’l Foster Farrell. Both men are part of the Farrell clan, who live with their own customs and beliefs on Shay Mountain in the Appalachias, near the town of Blackburg, Kentucky. The Farrells have a lot of problems both within their own ranks – Big Foster murdered his mother (Phyllis Somerville) to become the clan leader, the Bren’in, only to have his younger wife G’winveer (Gillian Alexy) poison him and claim the position – and […]Read On »

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OUTSIDERS: Showrunner Peter Tolan on Season 2 – exclusive interview

The cast of OUTSIDERS Season 2 | © 2017 WGN

OUTSIDERS is now in its second season Tuesday nights on WGN America. The drama concerns a group of Kentucky mountain folk, the Farrells, clashing with the townies and the coal company below. Peter Tolan (co-creator of RESCUE ME), who executive produces and is a show runner on OUTSIDERS alongside series creator Peter Mattei, sits down to talk about what’s going on in Season 2 and where the story may go in future seasons. ASSIGNMENT X: Has the way that you and Peter Mattei approach the material changed any from Season 1? PETER TOLAN: I would say not really. I think […]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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OUTSIDERS: Peter Mattei creator previews Season 2 – exclusive interview

Joe Anderson as Asa, Gillian Alexy as G'winveer and Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster in OUTSIDERS | © 2016 WGN

WGN America’s OUTSIDERS ended its first season last year with the isolated mountain Farrell clan of Kentucky confronting an armed contingent of law enforcement from the world below. Also, Big Foster Farrell (David Morse) had apparently been killed by his son Asa (Joe Anderson). Big Foster’s young apparent widow G’winveer (Gillian Alexy) was set to inherit his position as leader of the community. Season 2 begins Tuesday, January 24, with an apparent clash between the Farrells and the law, but the outcome may not be what we expect. Peter Mattei, who created OUTSIDERS, previews what is to come. ASSIGNMENT X: […]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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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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WGN AMERICA’S OUTSIDERS: Gillian Alexy, David Morse, Thomas M. Wright – exclusive interview

Gillian Alexy as G'Winveer in OUTSIDERS | © 2016 WGN America

In WGN America’s OUTSIDERS, the drama created by Peter Mattei airing Tuesday nights, the Farrell clan lives in a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, as their families have for hundreds of years. A mining company is trying to force Wade Houghton, played by Thomas M. Wright, sheriff of the nearest small town, to get the Farrells off the mountain, but Wade is reluctant to do so. Meanwhile, Big Farrell, played by David Morse, has attempted to violently wrest leadership of his community from his mother. G’winn, the Farrell healer played by Gillian Alexy, is dealing both with […]Read On »

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