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No, you suddenly haven't time-traveled back to 2012. Steve McQueen's acclaimed "12 Years Of A Slave" is bowling over critics and brutalizing audiences so it is hardly a shock that last year's slavery flick, the decidedly more pulpy "Django Unchained," would be brought back into the conversation. Quentin Tarantino's movie wasn't exactly historically accurate, but he made clear at the time his disdain for what is one of the most celebrated depictions on slavery in any media, the 1970s PBS mini-series "Roots." “When you look at 'Roots,' nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” he told Newsweek last year. “I didn’t see it when it first came on, but when I did I couldn’t get over how oversimplified they made everything about that time. It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s always a delight, an honour and a privilege for this writer to interview some of the industry’s veteran actors- masterful performers with a wealth of experience and anecdotes to give. William Morgan Sheppard is one of those great character actors, whom you’d likely recognise from his work on various Star Trek films and series, his appearance on Doctor Who with his son Mark in 2011′s The Impossible Astronaut, and a whole back catalogue of other TV series and films. Sheppard is a man skilled on screen, on stage and in his prolific voiceover work, such as Biker Mice from Mars.
It was a pleasure to conduct the following interview with the classically trained actor and former member of the Merchant Navy. So whether you’re an actor established or aspiring, or just interested in great reminiscences and anecdotes from a humble and modest old pro who »
- Oscar Harding
The 1970s epic TV drama Roots affected those watching it profoundly, as the horrors of slavery were made real on screen. But could a new version have the same impact?
It became easy to tell at my old school when there had been a particularly harrowing scene in the previous night's episode of the epic slavery drama Roots. For a school of such diversity, the racial and cultural landscape was tranquil. But after a graphic scene on Roots, the tension would ratchet up. Bad luck on those days if a white classmate fell out with a black one, for such encounters took on new ferocity. Everyone knew something about slavery, but it was different seeing the horrors made real on screen.
Would there be that effect again, now TV executives in the Us are discussing an all-new version of Roots? Not on account of the violence. Teenagers today see more »
- Hugh Muir
Based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel, Roots starred LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Kunta Kinte, an African man sold into slavery, and followed the story of his family line through to liberation. The miniseries was nominated for 36 Emmy Awards, winning 9, and was followed by two sequels, Roots: The Next Generations and Roots: The Gift.
- Gary Collinson
A TV classic is set to be rebooted, Russell Brand is apparently off the market, and stars from Twilight try to recall when they last saw any of the franchise’s flicks.
Tom Cruise is suing a magazine publisher for millions, citing defamation. The actor says that reports claimed he “abandoned” his daughter, Suri, after splitting from Katie Holmes. He also included documents detailing just how awesome a dad he’s trying to be. [TMZ] The History Channel is looking to remake Roots, the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley‘s book. Let’s just hope they do it justice. [BBC] Russell Brand says he’s in an exclusive relationship once again, but he hasn’t yet tipped us off as to who his girlfriend might be. [Us Magazine] Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, and Jackson Rathbone recent had a Twilight mini-reunion, but do they actually remember the last time they sat through one of the series’ movies? »
- Rahsheeda Ali
The original was based on Alex Haley's novel which blended fact and fiction to tell a cross-generational story that begins in mid-1700s Gambia where Kunta Kinte (played by Levar Burton and John Amos at different stages in life) is captured by slave traders and shipped off to colonial America.
The mini continues on following characters through to just after the U.S. Civil War over a century later. The overall production scored 37 Emmy nominations and nine wins, and its finale remains the third most watched TV show of all time - behind only the "Mash" finale and the original 'Who Shot Jr' episode of "Dallas".
- Garth Franklin
History is getting back to its roots. Or, rather, Alex Haley’s “Roots.” The cable network is developing a remake of the ground-breaking television miniseries which was based on Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” The original miniseries, which aired on ABC in 1977, won nine Emmy Awards and drew massive ratings, particularly with its eighth and final installment. The 1977 series starred LeVar Burton (pictured) as Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka warrior who’s kidnapped and sold into slavery. Also read: Miniseries About WWII Hero Felix Sparks in the Works at History “Roots” spawned two sequels, “Roots: The Next Generations »
- Tim Kenneally
History has already tackled pseudo-historical series Hatfields & McCoys, The Bible and Vikings to great success, so the cable channel is now turning its creative talent toward developing a new Roots miniseries. Originally based on Alex Haley's book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, the eight-episode miniseries traced the author's family line from his enslaved ancestor Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) to his descendants' emancipation. The miniseries earned numerous awards and its finale holds the third-highest rating for a U.S. television program to this day. Though it inspired two sequels - Roots: The Next Generations and Roots: The Gift - History is of the opinion that it's time to bring Roots to a new generation of TV viewers. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that History is developing a new version of Roots, envisioned as a new eight-hour miniseries. History recently acquired the rights to both the original miniseries and Haley's novel. »
- Dave Trumbore
History is digging up "Roots" for a new generation. The network is planning an eight-hour remake of the iconic miniseries, which set ratings records when it originally aired over eight consecutive nights in January 1977, according to Deadline. The new version will be executive-produced by Mark Wolper, son of David L. Wolper, who executive-produced the original mini. "Roots" is based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," which tells the story of African slave Kunta Kinte (originally played as a young man by LeVar Burton) and his descendants as they struggle for liberation in 18th- and »
- HitFix Staff
The 1977 ABC television miniseries Roots was a deeply significant cultural event. Based on the book Roots: The Saga of An American Family by Alex Haley, the eight-part miniseries chronicled the lives of an African-American family (based on Haley’s own family history), from the year 1750 to about 1861, all of whom descended from Kunta Kinte (Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton in his first major role), a man who was kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery.
The miniseries was seen by between 130 and 140 million people, and is still the third highest-rated show of all time, inspiring a sequel miniseries and a Christmas-themed TV movie. Nearly forty years later, Roots remains an iconic look at American history’s biggest sin, as well as a ...
- Anthony Vieira
And yet another reboot has been added to the TV universe. This time, History is looking to create a new version of the 1977 hit miniseries Roots, E! News confirms. The original 12-hour drama was based on the book Roots: The Saga Of An American Family and the new project will draw both on the book and the original mini series from a contemporary perspective. "We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience," History's Entertainment Vice President Dirk Hoogstra tells Deadline, who first reported the news. Roots, which originally aired on ABC, became a cultural phenomenon when it premiered in January 1977 and aired over eight consecutive nights. The series starred LeVar Burton as Kunta »
Forever looking to our past, even all the way back to 1977, the History Channel has begun developing a new version of Roots, the acclaimed miniseries based on Alex Haley’s epic tale of American slavery that, after years of standing proudly on its own, History believes could use a new master. As Deadline helpfully points out, that’s because slavery is just so hot right now: “The topic of slavery is very much on people’s minds through a string of popular movies including last year’s Django Unchained, this year’s Oscar hopeful 12 Years A Slave, and »
In 1976, there was Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. In 1977, there was Roots, the popular miniseries starring Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, and LeVar Burton, among others. And now, EW has confirmed that the History Channel is remaking Roots into a brand-new eight-hour miniseries.
- Samantha Highfill
Deadline reports History will remake the landmark miniseries Roots. The new series will similarly be based on Alex Haley’s book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, though it will be eight hours long, opposed to the original’s twelve hours. In the most recent issue of New York, the series’ star Levar Burton gave his impression on Roots’ lasting impact: “Roots became a part of the fabric of American culture. After Roots, we all had a similar frame of reference and context for what we talk about when we talk about slavery in America. You have to acknowledge that there’s a wound before it can even begin to get better.” Burton later told the story of how he responded when he first heard that they might remake Roots, “My initial reaction was, Why? But, look, the bottom line for me is if one soul is moved »
- Jesse David Fox
Kunta Kinte lives.
The cable network History is planning a new version of the iconic 1977 miniseries Roots, our sister site Deadline reports.
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The highly rated, award-winning original TV event, which aired on ABC, was based on Alex Haley’s book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family and starred LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte, an African man captured in the 1700s and sold into slavery.
Haley’s work tells the story of the man and his descendants, one of whom allegedly was Haley himself.
History has obtained »
- Kimberly Roots
“Roots” is getting a reboot.
Variety has confirmed that History will be remaking the 1977 miniseries after nabbing the rights to the original from Mark Wolper, son of late “Roots” exec producer David L. Wolper, along with the rights to the 1976 novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” Deadline was first to break the news.
“Roots” debuted on ABC in January 1977, and earned dozens of Emmy noms, along with nine wins. The finale of the original “Roots” mini still ranks as the third highest-rated TV broadcast, per Nielsen ratings, with 100 million viewers.
- AJ Marechal
History is revisiting one of the most successful miniseries of all time: Roots. The cable network is developing an eight-hour mini based on the 1977 entry, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. History has acquired rights to the 12-hour original from Mark Wolper, the son of late Roots exec producer David L. Wolper, as well as the book on which the mini was based, Roots: the Saga of an American Family, from the estate of author Alex Haley. Story: The 'Bible' Effect and the Resurrection of TV Miniseries Wolper will executive produce, with a search underway for a writer
- Lesley Goldberg
No folks, it's not April Fools Day. I've already said plenty about "slave movie fever" over the last 12 months, but this one even I didn't see coming! I did joke about the possibility of this happening (in light of "slave movie fever") in previous posts, but, really, I didn't at all expect that those jokes would actually become a reality. So this is truly a surreal moment for me. Per Deadline, the History channel, likely inspired by the success other slave narratives have seen on the big screen in the last year (12 Years A Slave, Django Unchained, and Lincoln notably), as well as all the conversation/debate/discussion around each film, and wanting to take its own bite out of that seemingly *financially delicious* apple, has acquired the rights to the 1977 TV miniseries Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, from Mark Wolper, son of Roots executive producer, the late David L. Wolper, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: History is taking on one of most celebrated TV programs of all time, blockbuster 1977 miniseries Roots. The cable network is planning a new eight-hour Roots miniseries after acquiring rights to the 12-hour original from Mark Wolper, son of Roots executive producer, the late David L. Wolper, and to the book the mini was based on, Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, from the estate of author Alex Haley. Mark Wolper is on board as executive producer. The network is about to start discussions with writers for the project, which will draw both on the book and the original mini from a contemporary perspective. “We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience,” said History Evp and Gm Dirk Hoogstra. The project originated with a remark by one of Hoogstra’s executives, VP Development and Programming Michael Stiller, who suggested the network should try to remake Roots. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In this week's issue of New York Magazine, Frank Rich writes about how for all of the praise that 12 Years a Slave is an important film, it is unlikely to change entrenched racist opinions, just as neither Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Roots, nor Obama's election has ushered in the mythic post-racial America. In light of this, New York's Eric Benson spoke to Roots star Levar Burton, who discussed his admiration for Steve McQueen's film and his suspicion that, like Burton's iconic miniseries, 12 Years may be unlikely to change minds.You got your big break when you were cast in Roots as Kunta Kinte, a West African man who is captured and brought to America as a slave. During production, was there a sense that Roots was more than just a television mini-series? You have to remember we’re looking back through the lens of a 19-year-old. »
- Eric Benson
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