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.