The original series aired over eight consecutive nights on ABC in January 1977. TV One’s airings of a remastered and enhanced episodes will begin Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and continue through Saturday, Oct. 24, skipping Oct. 23.
The rebroadcast comes 38 years after the event series, based on a family’s history in American slavery, premiered on ABC to unprecedented Nielsen ratings and nine Emmy wins. The finale of the original “Roots” remains the third highest-rated program in TV history, per Nielsen, with 100 million viewers.
A+E Networks previously announced that a remake of the series is currently in production. The reboot is slated to be simulcast across A+E, Lifetime and History in 2016.
Both versions are based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Alex Haley novel of the same name. The original “Roots” mini-series stars LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson, Edward Asner, John Amos, Louis Gossett, Jr., Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen and O.J. Simpson.