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‘Roots’ to Air on TV One

Feb 28, 2007  •  Post A Comment

TV One plans to air the famed miniseries “Roots” beginning April 8.

The 12-hour, award winning epic, which originally aired in 1977 and set ratings records on ABC, will be supplemented by original content produced by TV One. The network has hired producer, director and actor LeVar Burton, who played the young Kunte Kinte, as an advisor.

“‘Roots’ was landmark television for all of American society, but especially for African Americans, for we had never before seen our story on television, and rarely even seen ourselves portrayed as multi-dimensional individuals,” said Johnathan Rogers, president and CEO of TV One, the three year old cable network aimed at African-American families. “While a lot has changed in 30 years, ‘Roots’ continues to be powerful television and an important lesson in our country’s history.”

“Roots” has been unavailable on DVD since 2004. The miniseries will be re-released in a special 30th anniversary edition in May.

“I’m thrilled that TV One has become the new home for ‘Roots,'” said Mr. Burton. “‘Roots’ is part of our common history, and is as relevant today as when it was first broadcast 30 years ago.”

(Editor: Baumann)