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Roots

The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom in the post-Civil War South. Americans watched in record numbers as the epic aired on eight consecutive nights and went on to (more…)

Premiered: January 23, 1977

Rating: None

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Mekhi Phifer

Roots Miniseries ups Star Power with Mekhi Phifer, T.I. and Matthew Goode

The Roots reboot has already cultivated an A-List roster with Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin andLaurence Fishburne signing on, but they're keeping the star power going by adding Mekhi Phifer, T.I.and Matthew Goode to the project, A&E announced Thursday… Read more

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The Next Generations: Part 7 Season 2, Episode 7 Paid

Alex Haley (JONES) is now a successful magazine writer; his latest assignment: an interview with Malcolm X. He later goes on to write The Autobiography of Malcolm X. After the black leader's assassination, Haley sets out to discover his own "roots" and launches a twelve-year search, which culminates with his visit to a small African village.

The Next Generations: Part 4 Season 2, Episode 4 Paid

Simon Haley (HAREWOOD) spends World War I with the 92nd Infantry, Colored, in France. On his return to the States, Simon and his buddies Doxey (WELDON) and Haywood (CASEY) are greeted by a lynch mob in Knoxville, Tennessee. Simon finally arrives in Henning where he marries Bertha (CARA) and announces that they are going to Cornell University where he will take a master's degree in agriculture. Fourteen months later they return to Henning with their first son, Alex Haley.

The Next Generations: Part 2 Season 2, Episode 2 Paid

Tom Harvey's daughter, Cynthia (BANFIELD) falls in love with Will Palmer (SHAW) a railroad worker who soon lands a job at the lumber company. Tensions meanwhile mount in Henning as the white community seeks to strip the blacks of their rights. Will's friend Lee Garnet (MOSLEY) is lynched after accompanying Tom (BROWN) when he fails in his attempt to register to vote.

The Next Generations: Part 1 Season 2, Episode 1 Paid

Tom Harvey (BROWN) assumes the leadership of the black community in Henning, Tennessee from his aging father, Chicken George (LONG). Tom establishes a school but trouble brews when Col. Warner's (FONDA) son, Jim (THOMAS) falls in love with the black schoolteacher, Carrie (HAUSER). Tom meanwhile faces a crisis in his own family when his daughter Elizabeth (MORGAN) falls in love with a light-skinned negro who he considers "too white" for her to marry.

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White House - Full Recap
02:51 — Watch the full recap of Roots at the White House.
Roots Extended Sneak Peek
05:02 — A sneak peek at the upcoming event series Roots, premiering Memorial Day at 9/8c.
Roots' Legacy
02:00 — The cast and crew reveal their inspiration for taking part in this reimagining of the classic miniseries.
Meet the Cast: Sedale Threatt, Jr. as Young Tom
Sedale Threatt, Jr. describes the research he put into the role of Young Tom, a fourth-generation descendent of Kunta Kinte, in this web exclusive.

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History Channel Remaking Famous TV Miniseries Roots

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  • Premiered: January 23, 1977
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom in the post-Civil War South. Americans watched in record numbers as the epic aired on eight consecutive nights and went on to… (more)

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