John Legend to manage music for servant drama '' Underground '.


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John Legend performs at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in the Linq Promenade in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015|8:06 p.m.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.– John Legend is bringing his skills to a TV drama about Southern slaves defending freedom.

WGN America states Legend and his production company will certainly be in charge of the rating and soundtrack for “Underground.”

The drama remains in production in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It stars Aldis Hodge as the organizer of an escape effort by plantation slaves. Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni co-star.

WGN America told a Tv Critics Association conference Wednesday that Legend’s company will certainly also work as an executive producer for the drama.

In a statement, Legend says he thinks the story of individuals brave enough to risk everything for freedom will be inspiring.

He and his songwriting partner, Typical, won an Oscar this year for the tune “Magnificence” from the civil liberties film “Selma.”

“Underground” will air in 2016 on WGN America.

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