Underground‘s hopes of finding a new home following cancellation at WGN America have taken a final blow. With BET already passing on the drama, Oprah Winfrey has officially confirmed that OWN will not be saving the series due to its high cost, per Refinery29:
“I can’t afford Underground. It cost twice as much to make as Queen Sugar. As a matter of fact, my dear friend John Legend called me personally and asked me about it, but we’d already been talking about how we could make it work […] it’s like $5 million an episode, so we can’t afford it. It’s not cheap, I think because it’s a period piece.”
In addition to the price, Winfrey noted that while the show was often trending on Twitter, the numbers just didn’t add up:
“We really tried to make it work. I wanted to make it work because I think it’s a good show. I wanted to be able to save that show, but it did not make good business sense for me.”
Will you miss Underground?