What a TV Series Set 160 Years Ago Says About Today’s America

Mar 8, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A drama series that premieres its second season tonight is set almost 160 years ago, but its themes have hit home with its contemporary audience.

“Whenever as a network you have a show that resonates so strongly with its audience, it is tremendously gratifying, as it reinforces your confidence in the direction of the network as well as brings in new audiences from which to grow,” said Matt Cherniss, President and GM, WGN America and Tribune Studios, commenting on the success of WGN America’s “Underground.”

The series, whose second season premieres tonight on WGN America, delivered the cable network’s highest ratings ever for an original scripted series in its first season, and has helped forge an identity for the channel as a home for quality drama.

Please click here to read more of Cherniss’ comments, along with those of some of the key cast members, in an insightful background piece on the series by TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin.


  1. If you want to see a show that really mirrors Trumps first 100 days rent Victoria on Amazon. She walks into an established bureaucracy and is not welcome. The parallels are amazing. Even more so because they have no reason to dislike her other than fear that she may disrupt things.


    • Actually, I’d suggest another program to mirror Trump’s first 100 days — “Hogan’s Heroes”, starring Donald Trump as Colonel Klink.

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