Interview With WGN America’s Underground Showrunners Misha Green & Joe Pokaski

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Interview With WGN America’s Underground Showrunners Misha Green & Joe Pokaski 
Posted by Wilson Morales

March 8, 2016

Underground new poster

Airing this week on WGN America is the latest series, the pulse-pounding thriller, “Underground.”

“Underground” follows a group of courageous men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history and break free, despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side. The story follows a courageous blacksmith Noah (Aldis Hodge) who covertly organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and pieces together a daring plan of escape across hundreds of miles to freedom. The odds of success are razor-thin for those who make it off the plantation, while the risks, dangers and obstacles multiply each step of the way.

WGN America's "Underground" World Premiere

For both Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, who serve as the creators and Executive Producers of Underground, each are walking into new territory, although Pokaski has some previous experience being in a familiar position.

Prior to Underground, Green was known for writing episodes of “Sons of Anarchy,” “Spartacus,” and “Heroes,” and serves as a producer to “Helix.” Green was also creative consultant for the movieFamiliar, Milwaukee’ and wrote the script “Sunflower,” which made the 2008 Black List.

Green joins Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, and Courtney Kemp Agboh among Black female showrunners doing drama television.

Joe Pokaski, Misha Green

As for Pokaski, he’s a BAFTA Award-winning writer/producer who wrote and produced for the four- year run of NBC’s “Heroes” and then on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Most recently, Pokaski served as co-executive producer on Marvel’s “Daredevil” for Netflix.

In speaking with Blackfilm.com, both show runners talked the series and what to expect.

Underground Teaser

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