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Deadline | ‘Roots’ Review

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Debuting on May 30 simultaneously on History, A&E and Lifetime and airing over four consecutive nights, the stunningly visceral new version of Roots probably will not get anywhere near the 130 million viewers who the original series drew in 1977.

However, this is a very different era in both the TV landscape and in the culture and, while A+E Networks is certainly hoping for big ratings, the $50 million, eight-hour Roots reimagining is about more than numbers.

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