NBC Developing Underground Railroad Miniseries “Freedom Run” and Broadway Musical with Stevie Wonder

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Tentatively titled “Freedom Run,” the project follows several couples trying to escape slavery.

NBC is looking to expand its event programming with another miniseries. Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced plans for Freedom Run on Friday morning, a limited series about the Underground Railroad.

Not just looking for a TV home for the diversity push, Greenblatt also said that plans for the project included a Broadway musical. The second part is less surprising when you look at who’s executive producing the miniseries: Stevie Wonder. Greenblatt added that it was his hope, at this early stage, that Wonder would also score the music for the production.

It’s a new move for Wonder. The veteran musician has few producing credits under his belt, with all of his previous work in TV being on music specials and televised concerts. As far as the planned musical goes, it would take Greenblatt back to his Broadway roots. The TV exec has been bullish on music during is NBC tenure, airing two seasons of Smash and staging two live TV musicals.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter | Michael O’Connell

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