It’s official: Roots is returning to television.
One of TV’s most successful miniseries will get the remake treatment and air across corporate siblings History Channel, A&E and Lifetime, the companies announced Thursday.
Will Packer (Ride Along) is set to executive produce alongside original Roots star LeVar Burton, who will co-exec produce. Mark Wolper also will serve as an EP on the A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization.
The miniseries will air in 2016.
News of the remake first surfaced in November, with History plotting an eight-hour mini based on the 1977 entry. Wolper’s father, David L. Wolper, exec produced the original 12-hour mini. That series — which aired on ABC in January 1977 — earned a whopping 37 Emmy nominations, taking home nine including best limited series and wins for Ed Asner (supporting actor) and Quincy Jones (music).
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Lesley Goldberg