ABC/Eddy ChenWGN’s Underground, co-executive produced by John Legend, was cancelled only after two seasons.
Now, the singer has taken to social media to fight for the series’ future.
The Grammy and Oscar-winner tweeted a impassioned letter with the hashtag #SaveUnderground in an attempt to find a new network home for the TV show.
He writes, “In its first two seasons, Undergroundwas undeniably a hit series, setting ratings records for WGN America, receiving rave reviews and sparking conversation in the media.”
John adds, “It was screened at the White House and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was acknowledged by the NAACP, NABJ, and many other highly respected institutions, and generated widespread engagement on social media as a trending topic during every new episode.”
In his message, the “All of Me” singer also takes a dig at Sinclair Communications, which bought WGN America.
He accuses the media conglomerate of pursuing “a strategy of buying up local networks and moving their news coverage to fit their far-right agenda.”
“They’ve bought Tribune Media, the parent company of WGN America, and immediately turned away from high-quality original dramas such as Underground and Outsiders in favor of cheaper unscripted entertainment,” he writes.
John adds, “We know there is still an appetite for high-quality scripted dramas on network and cable TV and streaming services. We also know that, in this particular moment in history, there is an urgent need to tell the powerful story of the Underground Railroad.”
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— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 27, 2017