Jussie Smollett Set To Guest Star In WGN America’s “Underground”


(WGN America) “Empire’s” Jussie Smollett will guest star in WGN America’s critically acclaimed hit series “Underground,” marking the first time in 20 years that Smollett will appear in the same series as his younger sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Rosalee). Smollett will play Josey, a wild eyed runaway, in the upcoming episode, “Firefly,” premiering Wednesday, March 30 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on WGN America.

“Underground” was the #1 trending topic on Twitter last Wednesday night during its airing, and fans can catch up on the much-talked about series in a marathon of the first three episodes airing back-to-back today starting at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on WGN America.

Season-to-date, WGN America’s “Underground” has delivered a remarkable 3 million Total Viewers on Wednesday nights in Live + 3 DVR viewing and is the network’s highest performing original drama ever. The hit freshman show is the #6 highest-rated cable series premiere of the 2015-16 Broadcast TV season.

In the all-new fourth episode of “Underground,” John and Elizabeth Hawkes come face-to-face with Josey in a traumatic confrontation and test of wills. The Macons realize Noah and Rosalee are missing and enlist August Pullman to help find the runaways. Meanwhile, Ernestine tries to cope with her daughter’s absence and the others debate whether they should run. Cato enacts a daring plan that has immediate repercussions on the plantation, while Pearly Mae makes an extremely difficult personal decision.

From creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, and executive producer and Academy Award®-winner John Legend, the 10-episode, hour-long program tells the unflinching story of a group of courageous men and women who band together for the fight of their lives – for their families, their future and their freedom.

“Underground” features an acclaimed cast including Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“True Blood,” “Friday Night Lights”) as Rosalee; Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Noah; Christopher Meloni (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”) as August Pullman; Alano Miller (“Jane The Virgin”) as Cato; ýJessica de Gouw (“Arrow,” “Dracula”) as Elizabeth Hawkes; Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as John Hawkes; ýAdina Porter (“The 100”) as Pearly Mae; Mykelti Williamson (“Justified,” “24”) as Moses; ýAmirah Vann (“Girls,” “And So It Goes”) as Ernestine; Johnny Ray Gill (“Rectify”) as Sam; Chris Chalk (“Gotham”) as William Still; Reed Diamond (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as Tom Macon; Theodus Crane (“The Walking Dead”) as Zeke; Renwick Scott (“Treme”) as Henry; James Lafferty (“One Tree Hill”) as U.S. Marshall Kyle Risdin and Jussie Smollett (“Empire”) as Josey.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, “Underground” is created by Misha Green (“Sons Of Anarchy,” “Heroes”) and Joe Pokaski (“Daredevil,” “Heroes,”) who executive produce alongside Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) of Weed Road Pictures; and Joby Harold (“King Arthur,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Tory Tunnell (“King Arthur,” “Holy Rollers”) of Safehouse Pictures. Visionary artist and producer John Legend, an Academy Award, Golden Globe® and multi-Grammy Award winner, and his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, executive produce. Additionally, Get Lifted oversees all elements of the show’s music. Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “Treme”) directs and serves as executive producer for the first four episodes.

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