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STARS OF WGN AMERICA’S SMASH HIT “UNDERGROUND” TAKE CENTER STAGE AT 2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL IN NEW ORLEANS

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CALLING ALL ‘UNDERGROUND’ FANS! 

STARS OF WGN AMERICA’S SMASH HIT “UNDERGROUND” TAKE CENTER AT 2016 IN NEW ORLEANS

 ALDIS HODGE (‘Noah’), ALANO MILLER (‘Cato’), AMIRAH VANN (‘Ernestine’) AND DIRECTOR ANTHONY HEMINGWAY TO APPEAR ON THE MAIN STAGE,

FRIDAY, JULY 1 AT :15 P.M. AT THE ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER

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Los Angeles, June 23, 2016 – The celebrated stars and director of WGN America’s Underground Railroad thriller “Underground,” one of the most highly acclaimed television series of the year, will take center stage at the 2016 Essence Festival, the nation’s premier showcase for African American music and culture.   Aldis Hodge (Noah), Alano Miller (Cato), and Amirah Vann (Ernestine), with noted director and executive producer Anthony Hemingway, will discuss the phenomenon the record-breaking series “Underground” has become, during a not-to-be missed panel discussion at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Friday, July 1 from 12:15 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.  Following the main stage experience, lucky “Underground” fans will be able to meet the cast and director during an exclusive Fan Zone event. ‬‬

From executive producer and creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, “Underground” tells the unflinching story of some of America’s most heroic freedom fighters—slaves who risked their lives to reach freedom and claim their civil rights.  The critically lauded series was recently nominated for a Television Critics Association award for Outstanding New Program.  Season two will begin production this summer for a 2017 debut.

The first season of WGN America’s “Underground” captured the pop culture zeitgeist and scored 3 million Total Viewers in Live + 7 delivery on Wednesday nights, and made history as the network’s most-watched original series ever.  The series also ignited Twitter as the #1 most social cable drama on Wednesday nights and trended worldwide on the same day the U.S. Treasury Department announced Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

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