Networks have been pulling the plug on fan-favorite television shows since March, but Tuesday's cancellation of WGN America's "Underground" after just two seasons hit executive producer John Legend particularly hard. In fact, he's not taking no for an answer, vowing to find the slave drama a new network.
"WGN America has been bought and is going a different direction strategically. We will find a new home for #Underground!" Legend tweeted Tuesday.
"Content wins," he said. "We're not reliant on a particular network to make great content. We're so proud of our show and the audience that supported!"
Back in April when the cable network cancelled fellow drama "Outsiders," Sony Pictures TV, which produces both "Outsiders" and "Underground," exposed the latter to other networks, hoping to find the series a new home. But before that could happen, Sinclair Broadcast Group made plans to buy WGNA's parent company, Tribune Media.
Among Legend's tweets was a stark warning against Sinclair, which he said was destined to be like a "mini Fox News, but more to the right."
"Be wary of Sinclair though. They're trying to make local stations mini Fox Newses, but more to the right. Feel free to drop some hints to the networks/streaming services you want to pick up #Underground. Show them who will be watching!"
In a statement released Tuesday, Tribune Media president and CEO Peter Kern said the decision to not renew "Underground" was a "difficult decision."
"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. We are tremendously proud of this landmark series that captured the zeitgeist and made an impact on television in a way never before seen on the medium," Kern said.
"We thank the incomparable creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and the great John Legend, along with the talented creative team and cast who brought the unsung American heroes of the Underground Railroad to life," he continued. "We are grateful to the loyal fans of Underground and our partners at Sony Pictures Television. It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination and freedom."