“…UNDERGROUND is overdue and right on time.” – The Washington Post
“UNDERGROUND is a sometimes unflinching portrait of resistance, extreme courage, and love […] It is also television that is well worth watching.” – DeadlineTORONTO (March 22, 2016) – Bravery, ingenuity, and power emerges on Bravo this April with the exclusive Canadian premiere of the acclaimed slavery-era drama, UNDERGROUND. Premiering Wednesday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET, this 10-episode, one-hour series follows a group of courageous plantation slaves who attempt one of the greatest escapes in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that await them on the other side. Leading up to the broadcast premiere of UNDERGROUND, Bravo is offering viewers a chance to sample this heart-stopping series with the digital debut of the first episode on Bravo.ca one week earlier, beginning Wednesday, March 30. From creators and executive producers Misha Green (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Joe Pokaski (DAREDEVIL), and executive producer and Academy Award®-winner John Legend, UNDERGROUND’s strong cast includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (TRUE BLOOD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) as sheltered house slave Rosalee; Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) as the driven Noah; Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as abolitionist lawyer John Hawkes; Reed Diamond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as plantation owner Tom Macon; and Christopher Meloni (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) as the secretive August Pullman. Set in 1857, the series features a boldly contemporary soundtrack with songs by The Weeknd, Kanye West, and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Click here for a look at UNDERGROUND. In UNDERGROUND, it’s 1857 and a courageous man named Noah (Hodge) organizes a small team of fellow slaves on the Macon plantation and puts together a plan to escape and head 600 dangerous miles North on the Underground Railroad, the network of secret routes which helped thousands of enslaved people to escape to free states and Canada. The odds of success are slim and for those who make it off the plantation, the risks and uncertainties of life on the run multiply. The sacrifices are immense as they leave family behind to pay for their bold escape. They’re aided along the way by an abolitionist couple in Ohio, new to running a station on the Underground and unprepared for the havoc it will wreak on their personal lives. All the while, the group is being pursued by a ruthless mercenary catcher hell-bent on bringing them back, dead or alive. In the premiere episode, “The Macon 7”, (Wednesday, March 30 on Bravo.ca; Wednesday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo) as a group of slaves plan to escape from his plantation, Tom Macon (Diamond) looks to enlist his abolitionist lawyer brother (Blucas) to manage his campaign to be Georgia’s next U.S. Senator. UNDERGROUND’s acclaimed cast also includes Alano Miller (Jane The Virgin) as the cunning and charismatic Cato; Jessica de Gouw (Arrow) as Elizabeth Hawkes, a socialite with abolitionist ideals; Adina Porter (THE 100), as Pearly Mae, a strong-willed wife and mother who helps guide runners to freedom; Mykelti Williamson (JUSTIFIED, 24) as Moses, a fiery preacher for the Macon plantation; Amirah Vann (GIRLS) as Ernestine, the head house slave of the Macon plantation; Johnny Ray Gill (RECTIFY) as Sam, a talented carpenter and Rosalee's half-brother; Chris Chalk (GOTHAM) as William Still; Theodus Crane (The Walking Dead) as Zeke, a formidable slave in both strength and stature; Renwick Scott (TREME) as Henry, a good-hearted teenaged slave with a rebellious streak; and Jussie Smollett (EMPIRE) as Josey. UNDERGROUND is created and written by Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy, HEROES) and Joe Pokaski (HEROES, DAREDEVIL) who executive produce alongside Academy Award® winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) of Weed Road Pictures, and Tory Tunnell (King Arthur, Holy Rollers) and Joby Harold (King Arthur, Edge of Tomorrow) of Safehouse Pictures. Anthony Hemingway (THE WIRE, TREME) directs and executive produces. Visionary artist and producer John Legend, an Academy Award® and Golden Globe winner and nine-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, and his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, executive produce. Additionally, Get Lifted oversees the score, soundtrack, and all music aspects of the series.