`Roots' was a turning point - for TV, for the nation

Television Review

April 08, 2007|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic

Roots, the ABC miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel about his family's ancestry, not only changed the face of television when it premiered in 1977, it also radically altered the culture in ways that are still being felt today - 30 years later.

TV One, the Maryland-based cable channel seen in 36.6 million homes and targeted to African-American viewers, tonight will mark the anniversary with the first of six evenings of Roots. The miniseries will be accompanied by vignettes about the impact of Roots and appearances by cast members including LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Richard Roundtree, Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen.

ROOTS / / First of six parts makes its premiere tonight at 8 on TV One. For more information on Roots programming, go to tvoneonline.com

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