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Interview: Lane Garrison Talks “Roots” Revival

28 May 2016 8:20 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

When the television miniseries Roots first aired in 1977, it took the country on a heart-pounding and heartbreaking journey to the past. Never before had such gripping, historically reflective fiction been portrayed on the television medium. It was necessary for a country that was just barely beginning its journey to racial equality. Now almost four decades later, a revival of the original miniseries will show America just how much our country has, and has not, changed. The re-imagined Roots will air as a four-night, 8-hour series event starting Memorial Day on the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E. This time around

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TV Review: ‘Roots’

24 May 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In this age of niche networks and splintered audiences, there’s no controversy in noting that the updated version of the iconic “Roots” miniseries, simulcast May 30 on History, A&E, and Lifetime, is unlikely get the huge audience garnered by the original that aired on ABC nearly 40 years ago. Yet this new take on the saga should be viewed by as wide an audience as possible, from families to school kids to viewers interested in important chapters of the American saga. The lessons the new “Roots” teaches over the course of its eight hours, which air on four consecutive nights, are worth revisiting, and a number of outstanding performances enliven this retelling of the story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants.

The word “lessons” in the previous sentence is used advisedly. This miniseries shares the same impulse to instruct and enlighten that was a hallmark of the original, which was »

- Maureen Ryan

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