What To Expect From The 'Roots' Remake
A&E is airing a reboot of the iconic "Roots" miniseries, and this version is grittier and more realistic than the one that ran in 1977.By Jamal Andress | May 30, 2016
It's been nearly 40 years since "Roots" quite literally captivated half the nation, pulling in 51 percent of all American households with TVs for the finale of the record-breaking series.
Decades later, the History Channel is airing a reboot of the iconic series with LeVar Burton, the original Kunta Kinte, serving as executive producer and Malachi Kirby taking over the kidnapped African warrior role.
Airing four consecutive nights starting Memorial Day 2016, the new series has been labeled a grittier version of the original — and it's about a third shorter.