HISTORY® premieres “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30th. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. “Roots” will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both incredibly inspiring and tremendously entertaining.
Background Information on the Re-made Series, ROOTS:
Nearly 40 years after the premiere of “Roots” captivated the nation, take a look back at the cultural phenomenon and its lasting legacy: On January 23, 1977, millions of viewers tuned in to watch the first episode of a new miniseries on the ABC network; a multi-generational exploration of author Alex Haley’s family tree that traversed more than a century of the African American experience, from the colonial-era slave trade through Reconstruction. Over the course of eight nights, “Roots” captivated the nation. Movie theaters shut down, while bars and living rooms filled; dozens of civic leaders across the country declared a celebratory “Roots” week in honor of the program; millions of Americans were inspired to trace their own lineages; and America was forced to confront the brutal reality of slavery and the lingering scars it had left on the nation.
Nearly 40 years later, with HISTORY set to introduce “Roots” to a new generation this Memorial Day, take a look back at the television landmark and its lasting legacy – http://www.history.com/news/remembering-roots
TV Series: ROOTS
Network: History Channel (A+E Networks)
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, T.I., Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin, Mekhi Phifer
Air Date: May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day)