WGN America and Sony Pictures Television have a unique contender in Misha Green and Joe Pokaski’s Underground in that it’s the first TV series that has been made about the Underground Railroad. In preparing for the project, Green was struck by the slave narratives she researched at the Library of Congress. “These people have been voiceless, we haven’t really given them a voice. They’re not just whipping posts, and the people whipping them aren’t just whippers,” said the co-creator at a recent Awardsline Underground Emmy screening, “That’s where our research turned.”
Underground follows a group of slaves who try to escape a Georgia Plantation prior to the Civil War. Aldis Hodge plays Noah, one of the slaves who bravely plots his escape options, and in this clip the actor explains the series’ historical significance to today’s times. In regards to forthcoming storylines on Underground, Pokaski says that the staff’s research has provided them with “seasons and seasons of the Underground Railroad”. For example, one intriguing note about the slave escape routes, “It was a spy network for the North” says the co-creator. “When things start getting boring, there’s a thing called the Civil War we drop into,” adds Pokaski.