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History to produce a new version of the mini-series Roots

11.05.2013

Most people have seen ROOTS one of two ways: when it was the biggest television event during it's initial airing or in one of the numerous replays, DVDs, or school substitute days since. ROOTS has become part of American television history and is a reference point for all future network TV mini-series that followed. Despite two sequel series that did not live up to the original (ROOTS II and QUEEN), ROOTS may be getting a fresh gloss thanks to History channel.

History has bought the rights to both the David Wolper series and Alex Haley's book ROOTS with plans to create an all new version of the series. The original series garnered 100 million viewers at one point despite airing in 1977 when race relations in America were still as tenuous as ever. The cast consisted of names that today we recognize from other projects: LeVar Burton, OJ Simpson, John Amos, Ben Vereen, Louis Gossett, Jr., Leslie Uggams, Vic Morrow, Ed Asner, Cicely Tyson, Lloyd Bridges, Scatman Crothers, and even Ian McShane.

History has already ventured into success with the mini-series HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, THE BIBLE, and VIKINGS. ROOTS would represent another potential hit for the network as they explore original programming. The plan appears to be an eight hour, possibly four to eight night event. It also would be cool if cast from the original ROOTS returned for roles in the new version. Ed Asner and LeVar Burton especially would make for cool additions to the cast.

Source: Deadline

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3:25AM on 11/06/2013
Jimmy Fallon's Weekend Update snippet comes to mind: "For those of you who don’t remember ‘Roots’ it follows a saga of Kunta Kinte from young African tribesman, to slavery, to becoming literate, and eventually being the top of his class at Star Fleet Academy."

And the house band on Jimmy Fallon's talk show ended up being The Roots!
Jimmy Fallon's Weekend Update snippet comes to mind: "For those of you who don’t remember ‘Roots’ it follows a saga of Kunta Kinte from young African tribesman, to slavery, to becoming literate, and eventually being the top of his class at Star Fleet Academy."

And the house band on Jimmy Fallon's talk show ended up being The Roots!
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2:49AM on 11/06/2013
I have never actually watched ROOTS, don't get me wrong, I am well aware of the story. My hi-school played Glory, and Phenomenon as far as I can remember... Oh well, I'm sure the History Channel will do this justice.
I have never actually watched ROOTS, don't get me wrong, I am well aware of the story. My hi-school played Glory, and Phenomenon as far as I can remember... Oh well, I'm sure the History Channel will do this justice.
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9:23PM on 11/05/2013
Can I just ask, what the flaming fuck is with the stupid rock fusion music?
Can I just ask, what the flaming fuck is with the stupid rock fusion music?
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6:58PM on 11/05/2013
On another note, I get to link to this [link]
On another note, I get to link to this [link]
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5:23PM on 11/05/2013

For the record...

Never seen Roots, not particularly interested (also, not American). However, I wouldn't trust the History channel to represent actual history if Kunta Kinte's life depended on it.
Never seen Roots, not particularly interested (also, not American). However, I wouldn't trust the History channel to represent actual history if Kunta Kinte's life depended on it.
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5:19PM on 11/05/2013
OJ Simpson…? Other projects….?

Wait, what?
OJ Simpson…? Other projects….?

Wait, what?
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3:57PM on 11/05/2013
Lavar Burton will always be kunte kinte to me
Lavar Burton will always be kunte kinte to me
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4:42PM on 11/05/2013
He'll always be Geordi LaForge to me
He'll always be Geordi LaForge to me
6:38PM on 11/05/2013
He'll always be the Reading Rainbow guy to me.
He'll always be the Reading Rainbow guy to me.
9:27PM on 11/05/2013
Great, now I won't be able to watch Star Trek re-runs without thinking:

"SAY YOUR NAME! IT'S A NICE NAME! IT'S TOBY!"
Great, now I won't be able to watch Star Trek re-runs without thinking:

"SAY YOUR NAME! IT'S A NICE NAME! IT'S TOBY!"
3:38PM on 11/05/2013
My in-laws might both have heart attacks over this news...
My in-laws might both have heart attacks over this news...
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