TV One Sets Airing of Original ‘Roots’ Miniseries

TV One will showcase the the original 1977 miniseries “Roots” in primetime later this month.

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.

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