A drama series that wrapped up its season earlier this month has been canceled. The Los Angeles Times reports that WGN America pulled the plug on the slavery-era drama “Underground.”
“The fate of the series, which centered around the Underground Railroad, seemed doomed given how the network has been scaling back its investment in original programming,” the story reports. “Until now, the drama, from creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, had stood as the lone original scripted series on the network following the recent cancellation of ‘Outsiders.'”
“Underground” wrapped up its second 10-episode season on May 10, and won’t be back for season three.
“The shift away from original programming comes after Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the conservative-leaning Baltimore-based company, announced it had agreed to buy Tribune Media in a deal that would give it control of more than 200 local TV stations and WGN America,” The Times notes.
In a statement, Peter Kern, president and CEO of Tribune Media Company, said: “As WGN America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape. Despite ‘Underground’ being a terrific and important series, it no longer fits with our new direction and we have reached the difficult decision not to renew it for a third season.”
Sony Pictures Television, the show’s producer, is reportedly trying to find a new home for the series.