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TV News Roundup: Miss Universe Performers; ‘Underground’ Premiere Date

Drama “Underground” and comedy “Childrens Hospital” get release dates and trailers while Miss Universe adds some Grammy Award-winning performances in Monday’s TV news roundup …

Premiere Dates:

WGN America has set a March 9 premiere date for its latest period drama, “Underground.” The 10-episode original series follows a courageous blacksmith named Noah (Aldis Hodge) who covertly organizes a small group of fellow slaves and pieces together a daring plan of escape across hundreds of miles to freedom. Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni also star.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, the project is exec produced by creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski as well as Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures; Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safehouse Pictures and musician John Legend and his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. Get Lifted also oversees all elements of the show’s music. Director Anthony Hemingway helmed and exec produced the first four episodes.

WGN also released two trailers for the series:


Adult Swim’s long-running comedy Childrens Hospital will return for its seventh season at 11 p.m. on Jan. 22. This season not only brings back the doctors, but their grandparents, a horse who’s wanted by the mob and a salacious art show exhibiting the peculiar works of the enigmatic cast member Just Falcon.

A new trailer featuring cameos and (not so) informative man-on-the-street interviews has also been released:

Events:

The 2015 Miss Universe ceremony will feature music performances by Seal, The Band Perry and Charlie Puth, with Roselyn Sanchez reporting live from the show and backstage. It was previously reported that Steve Harvey would host the event, which is set to air at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 on Fox and is the first production of the pageant since new producers WME | IMG acquired the Miss Universe Organization from Donald Trump.

In Development:

Fox is developing the comedy “2 Black Dudes” from “Cleveland Show” alum J Lee. As the title more or less explains, it follows two St. Louis-born cousins who now live in Los Angeles and argue over everything. Deadline reports that the project comes via 20th Century Fox TV and is exec produced by Seth MacFarlane and Mike Mariano, who would serve as showrunner.

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