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WGN America's new series 'Underground' to be screened at the White House

By Karen Butler   |   Feb. 20, 2016 at 8:19 AM

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- WGN America says the first episodes of its latest original series Underground will be screened Monday at the White House.

The period drama's cast and creative team, including executive producer John Legend, creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, executive producer Akiva Goldsman, director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway, and stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann, will take part in a panel discussion before the screening.

The talk will be live-streamed at WhiteHouse.gov/Live, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.

"Underground follows a group of courageous men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side," a synopsis said. "The story follows a courageous blacksmith who covertly organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and pieces together a daring plan of escape across hundreds of miles to freedom. The odds of success are razor-thin for those who make it off the plantation, while the risks, dangers and obstacles multiply each step of the way."

Set in 19th-century America, the series is scheduled to premiere March 9.

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