2016 NYCC – WGN America Presents: Underground
October 09, 2016, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Room 1A10
New York Comic Con attendees will get an exclusive first look at season two of WGN America’s wildly popular, heroic actioner “Underground” at this year’s convention. The network will unveil exclusive footage from the trailblazing Underground Railroad thriller as well as give a sneak peek at how the epic journey continues. The “Underground” session will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the cast and creative team, including series stars Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Hidden Figures”), Christopher Meloni(“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Alano Miller (“Jane The Virgin”) ?Jessica de Gouw (“Arrow,” “Dracula”) and Amirah Vann (“Girls,” “And So It Goes”) along with creator/executive producer Joe Pokaski (“Daredevil,” “Heroes,”) and executive producers Akiva Goldsman (“The Dark Tower,” “I Am Legend,” “A Beautiful Mind”),and Mike Jackson (“Southside With You,” “La La Land”). Season two of “Underground” follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “Underground” is set to premiere in early 2017 on WGN America.
Christopher Meloni, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw, Amirah Vann, Joe Pokaski, Akiva Goldsman, Mike Jackson,
Based on the upcoming book by Margot Lee Shetterly of the same name, the film focuses on the untold true story of NASA scientists and mathematicians Katherine Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe, in her debut role) who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
“Hidden Figures” will depict the lives of some of the black women ? and black scientists, period ? who were so integral in NASA’s early 1960s success, but whose stories were silenced for so long.
BROADWAY WORLD – WGN America’s acclaimed series UNDERGROUND, which follows a courageous group of American heroes who attempt a daring flight to freedom from slavery, was honored with three Cablefax Program Awards for Best New Program, Best Historical Show or Series and Best Showrunners (creators, writers, and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski). Series stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Rosalee”) and Aldis Hodge (“Noah”) were also acknowledged with honorable mentions in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories. These honors mark WGN America’s first Cablefax wins since the network’s recent transformation into a destination for high-quality original programming in 2014.
“Underground” took the country by storm this year, sparking a nationwide conversation and igniting Twitter as the #1 most social cable drama each week it aired. The series premiere ranked among the top 10 new cable dramas this TV season in Live + 3 delivery and scored 3 million Total Viewers weekly, making history as WGN America’s most-watched original program ever. Season two begins production this summer for a 2017 premiere on WGN America.
WGN America’s intense and gritty original drama “Outsiders,” a breakout hit, was also recognized with honorable mentions in several categories, including Best Program, Best New Program and Best Actor (David Morse as “Big Foster”). The premiere of “Outsiders” ranked among the top 10 new cable dramas this TV season, and the series averaged an impressive 2.8 million Total Viewers and 1.4 million Adults 25-54 on Tuesday nights in Live + 7 viewing. A struggle of power and control set in the rugged hills of Appalachia, the series explores the epic battle between the Farrell clan and their fight to defend their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them. The second season of “Outsiders” is currently in production and will premiere in early 2017.
They may be fresh on the scene, but the latest batch of Hollywood up-and-comers has a retro edge clearly on display in this time-traveling style portfolio.
VANITY FAIR – This crop of young talents has a sense of history—with such heroes as James Dean, Julie Christie, and Audrey Hepburn—not to mention a penchant for books and vinyl. While echoing the styles of decades past, from Rat Pack cool to madcap flair, they divulge their guilty pleasures, karaoke picks, emoji habits, and much more, for a group portrait of Generation Now.
I’ve found some great additions to a photoshoot from Sundance!
LA CONFIDENTIAL – The mega-hot, multi-multi-hyphenated Aldis Hodge is grabbing the H’wood spotlight… one role at a time.
He’s an actor, painter, and… watchmaker? LA-based Aldis Hodge, 29, is gearing up for his biggest year yet. Starting at age three, Hodge first began as a model, and has built up his portfolio with a slate of primo roles—from Straight Outta Compton to the John Legend–produced TV series Underground. “Some call it luck, but, really, a lot of it is just hard work,” he says. And the A-list-ready actor is gaining momentum—up next he’s playing opposite Tom Cruise in October’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. “Tom knows how to pull the best out of people,” says Hodge, who is currently filming Hidden Figures with an all-star cast including Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.
The self-proclaimed “gypsy” was homeless for a period of time and lived in several states before settling in LA. “When I tell people I was homeless, it’s to inspire them,” Hodge says. “Even in the worst situations, you smile because that means you have more strength to push forward.” And push forward he did. Through a college course, Hodge discovered his passion for watchmaking. “Art has always been there for me,” says the “actor-preneur,” who is currently working with a luxury Swiss watchmaker to manufacture his hand-designed timepieces. “[All my work] is a step to whatever the big picture is,” he says. “I’m just excited to see what lies ahead.”