The Roots remake

It was announced today that the 1977 miniseries Roots will be remade into an event series.

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A&E Networks announced on Thursday that the landmark mini-series “Roots” would be remade into an event series, scheduled to air in 2016.

The series will run simultaneously on three cable networks: History, A&E and Lifetime. (The networks took the same approach in 2013 with the mini-series “Bonnie and Clyde.”) Like the original, “Roots” will be based primarily on Alex Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” which is about the life and descendants of the slave Kunta Kinte.

Will Packer is the executive producer and the original Roots star Levar Burton will be co-executive producer.

I don’t know about this. When it comes to reboots or remakes some tv shows/movies need to be left alone. This show is considered a television a classic.

Roots was nominated for 37 Emmy nominations and won nine. The History Channel has had major success with other event series including The Bible and The Hatfield and The McCoys. On May 25 the History Channel will premiere another miniseries, Texas Rising.  Looks like the History Channel is on a roll when it comes to scripted programming.

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