Underground Season 3 cancelled? The future of the critically-acclaimed series has been put in doubt following Sinclair Broadcast Group’s acquisition of WGN America parent, Tribune Media.
In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said WGN will move away from original scripted programming, with the focus on “repositioning [the network] for profitable growth,” a strategy that includes lower-cost originals and acquired series, per Variety:
“The ratings WGN America (delivers) doesn’t justify the type of spending they do on the original programming side. The channel could be run much more profitably on a fraction of what they spend on programming.”
While Ripley didn’t mention Underground specifically, it immediately puts the show in danger and could see it meet the same fate as the recently cancelled Outsiders (not to mention Salem and Manhattan).
The historical drama closes its second season May 10, 2017. Should WGN cancel, it’s reported that producers Sony Pictures Television will seek to find a new home for Underground Season 3.