When & Where To Watch 'Roots' Miniseries On History Channel This Memorial Day

So when the cable History network announced that it would be remaking the miniseries (it kicks off tonight and airs on four consecutive nights across History, Lifetime and A&E) for modern audiences, the easy answer as to why skewed more technical than narrative.

Dennis Quaid, also as the executive producer, stars as the charismatic real estate shark Samuel Brukner who has a penchant for ill-gotten art. Brukner is the life of the party, but when it comes to his money, he can be ruthless, shrewd and corrupt.

The drawcards of this series are British actor, Malachi Kirby, in the role of Kunta Kinte and Regé-Jean Page as Chicken George. Blame it on the fact that the iconic miniseries aired about a decade before I was born - or on my Midwestern public school district, which did not include it as a learning tool in all those years of American history curriculum. "In that moment, I realized that we had to tell Roots once again because the old one is old".

Viewers who want to watch the Roots 2016 remake live online can ind streaming video through all four networks airing the show.

Taken to a Virginia tobacco plantation owned by John Waller (James Purefoy), Kunta meets Fiddler (Forest Whitaker), a slave musician who entertains the Wallers and is charged with taming the rebellious newcomer. It's a very, very emotional journey to try to do something that your father did. Like most young people that age, my life was rapidly growing independent of my parents, who were increasingly consumed by the vagaries of their workplaces. "Quite frankly, that was done because the network was so anxious about how a show would do where blacks are the good guys and whites are the bad guys ..."

For this reason, he marketed his book - and the subsequent 1977 mini-series - as based a true story.

THE casting gods could not have selected a better actress than Anika Noni Rose to play Kizzy. Yet she owns the screen every step of the way. I thought, "she was one of 16; she was the baby". I got it right away.

But most important is the storytelling itself.

On her most hard scene, the actress says: "There's a scene towards the end and I wouldn't say that "difficult" is necessarily the word I would use".

"We have very many scenes that were on the edge of something, so I was always skating on edges and trying to make sure that I was able to balance before I tipped one way or the other".

"Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America", said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer. Themes of cultural identity are packaged with undercurrents of classism and intersectionality in a way the original never quite focused on, but which feel inarguably relevant to the here and now. They did. The line of the story of the families there, that doesn't change. The 2012 History miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys", which starred Bill Paxton and Kevin Costner, got incredibly positive ratings, as did History's 2013 series "The Bible".

Yet Fiedler notes that Roots, despite Haley's attempt to write a "final Happy Ending" in which African Americans become professors and government functionaries and world-famous authors, replicates the same irresolvable racial tensions that fueled earlier novels such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Thomas Dixon's The Clansman (which became the basis on D.W. Griffith's execrable The Birth of a Nation), and Gone With The Wind. "We have a lot of newcomers as well".

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