John Legend Replaces Kanye West as Underground's Music Boss

John Legend‘s EGOT plan is continuing right on schedule.

The multiple Grammy-winner — who also picked up the 2015 Best Original Song Oscar for Selma‘s “Glory” — along with his production company Get Lifted, has signed on to executive-produce and oversee all music aspects of WGN America’s upcoming slavery drama Underground. As TVLine reported when the project was greenlit in February, Kanye West originally was eyed for the position.

Is it too early for 2016 Emmy buzz for Legend in the Original Music category? Probably not, considering Underground‘s lofty pedigree.

The one-hour drama, starring Law & Order: SVU vet Chris Meloni, follows “a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad.” It hails from creators/executive producers Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes), as well as EP Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Fringe).

The cast also includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Alano Miller (Jane the Virgin), Jessica de Gouw (Arrow), Adina Porter (The 100), Amirah Vann (Girls), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mykelti Williamson (Justified), Reed Diamond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) and Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify).

The series is slated to premiere in 2016.

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