WGN Greenlights Appalachia Drama, Puts in Motion Slavery Saga

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For its next slate of projects, WGN America is exploring two very different worlds: the “mysterious” hills of Appalachia and America’s pre-Civil War South.

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The network on Wednesday announced a straight-to-series order for Titans, the story of a clan of Appalachian outsiders willing to defend their way of life “by any means necessary.” The scripted drama — from creator/executive producer Peter Matei and EP Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) — has been ordered for 13 episodes.

Underground, a scripted period drama about slaves escaping to a better life in the North, is also being eyed for a series order. From creators/executive producers Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes), as well as EP Akiva Goldsman, Underground is currently in pre-production.

Both series are being produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, expected to debut on WGN America in 2015.

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3 Comments
  1. Ally Oop says:

    Both sound like great projects. WGN is really going full tilt with all their original programming. I wonder if they’ll renew their contract with CW. WGN seems focussed on becoming more if a specialty channel focussing on adult drama. Maybe CW would be better off as a cable channel itself rather than a network.

  2. Annie says:

    Titans – sounds like we might have another production filming around my neighborhood…? They both sound intriguing.

  3. Mick says:

    Another slavery drama, I can’t.

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