Friday, June 29, 2007

"Roots: The Next Generations" to air July 8-15

A huge critical and ratings success when it debuted in 1979, the powerful saga of “Roots: The Next Generations" is often overlooked because of the unprecedented impact of the original "Roots" miniseries, the epic mini-series that changed the face of television.

Now, continuing its 30th Anniversary celebration of "Roots," TV One announces the telecast of "Roots: The Next Generations," the continuing saga of Alex Haley’s family line from the post-Civil War era to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s genealogical search for his roots in the 1960s, which led him to Africa. The program will air July 8-15.

As with the network’s record-setting telecast of "Roots," TV One’s telecast of "Roots: The Next Generations" will be a week-long television event, hosted by cast members of the award-winning production. The Emmy® Award-winning, 14-hour miniseries will air in seven parts from 8-10 p.m., Sunday July 8 through Friday, July 13, repeating each evening at 10 p.m. and the following weekday at noon, with the finale airing on Sunday, July 15, at 8 and 10 p.m., repeating on Monday, July 16 at 9 p.m. (all times ET). TV One will also air a marathon of the first six parts of "Roots: The Next Generations" on Saturday, July 14 from noon – midnight.

As part of the program, former cast members will reflect on their experiences in interviews that will be available at www.tvoneonline.com. TV One also has special content on www.tvoneonline.com devoted to helping people learn how they can trace their African roots.

The saga of "Roots: The Next Generations" begins during Reconstruction with Kunta Kinte’s great grandson, blacksmith Tom Harvey (Georg Stanford Brown) and continues through the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the passage of Jim Crow laws legalizing racial segregation, World War II and writer Alex Haley (James Earl Jones)’s own personal search for his African roots in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Still the top-rated miniseries of all time, "Roots," based on the late Alex Haley’s best-selling book about his ancestors, begins with the harrowing story of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a young West African who is captured by slave traders in 1750 and sold into slavery in America, and the saga continues through the emancipation of Chicken George (Ben Vereen), Kunta Kinte’s grandson.

Said TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers. “We at TV One were especially proud in our 30th Anniversary telecast this spring to introduce "Roots" to a whole new generation of viewers. We look forward now to bringing that new generation this equally compelling sequel, and feel certain they will enjoy Roots: The Next Generations every bit as much.”

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