WGN America’s upcoming series about the underground railroad used by escaping slaves is headed to Washington. The White House will screen Underground on Monday as part of a Black History Month event, and a source tells Deadline that President Obama and the first lady are “very likely” to attend.
There will be a panel discussion beforehand with members of the Underground cast and creative team, including executive producer John Legend, creators/EPs Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, executive producer Akiva Goldsman, director/EP Anthony Hemingway and stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann. The panel will be livestreamed at WhiteHouse.gov/Live, starting at 5:30 PM ET. Legend, who won a Best Original Song Oscar last year for co-writing “Glory” from Selma, performed during a Los Angeles fundraiser attended by POTUS last week.
Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios’ Underground, which had a premiere screening at Sundance last month, debuts March 9 on WGN America.