TV One to Air Classic Mini-series “Roots”

Roots: The Saga of an American Family
TV One will debut the remastered, high definition version of iconic mini-series Roots: The Saga of an American Family beginning Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8PM ET. The six-part, special enhanced version of Roots  will air in its entirety during the week each night that time (preempted on Friday, October 23) , with the finale on Saturday, October 24.

Roots is based on Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book telling the stirring, sweeping saga of his unforgettable family and its struggle over many generations to survive slavery and regain freedom.

Roots: The Saga of an American Family; first aired, on ABC-TV, in 1977. Roots received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It won also a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. It received unprecedented Nielsen ratings for the finale, which still holds a record as the third highest rated episode for any type of television series, and the second most watched overall series finale in U.S. television history.

A new version of Roots will air on the cable networks of A&E, History and Lifetime next year.

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