Roots: The Next Generations


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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From Wikipedia: Roots: The Next Generations is a 1979 (February 18, 1979 – February 24, 1979) 7-part television miniseries produced by Stan Margulies, that continues the story of the family of Alex Haley from the 1880s, and their life in Henning, Tennessee, to the 1960s, with Haley researching his family history and his travels to Africa to learn of his alleged ancestor, Kunta Kinte. This sequel to the 1977 miniseries is based on the last seven chapters of Haley's fictional novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family and additional material by him.

Directed by:

John Erman (eps. 1, 3, 4, 7)
Charles S. Dubin (ep. 2)
Georg Stanford Brown (ep. 5)
Lloyd Richards (ep. 6)

Starring:
James Earl Jones
Dorian Harewood
Irene Cara
Georg Stanford Brown
Stan Shaw
Debbi Morgan

Music by Gerald Fried

Highlights
Debbie Allen on being cast as "Nan" in Roots: The Next Generation
Esther Shapiro on developing the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation
Joseph M. Wilcots on shooting Roots: The Next Generations
Richard Thomas on appearing in Roots: The Next Generations
Charles S. Dubin on directing the cast of Roots: The Next Generations, and on dealing with the subject matter
Reuben Cannon on working with Alex Haley and the producers of Roots: The Next Generations
Who talked about this show

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen on being cast as "Nan" in Roots: The Next Generation
Debbie Allen on being cast as "Nan" in Roots: The Next Generation

LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton on the idea for Roots: The Next Generation and his fallout with David Wolper

Reuben Cannon

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Reuben Cannon on going to work for Warner Bros. and casting Roots: The Next Generations
Reuben Cannon on working with Alex Haley and the producers of Roots: The Next Generations
Reuben Cannon on working with Alex Haley and the producers of Roots: The Next Generations

Ruby Dee

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Ruby Dee on her and husband Ossie Davis' involvement in the development of Roots

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing Roots: The Next Generations, and on working with Henry Fonda on that show
Charles S. Dubin on directing the cast of Roots: The Next Generations, and on dealing with the subject matter
Charles S. Dubin on directing the cast of Roots: The Next Generations, and on dealing with the subject matter

Gerald Fried

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Composer Gerald Fried on working on Roots: The Next Generations  and scoring the theme to different decades

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing Roots: The Next Generations
Ernest Kinoy on Marlon Brando in Roots: The Next Generations
Ernest Kinoy on the legacy of Roots and Roots: The Next Generations

Thad Mumford

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Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford on writing the fifth installment of Roots: The Next Generations

Esther Shapiro

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Esther Shapiro on developing the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation
Esther Shapiro on her contributions to Roots: The Next Generation
Esther Shapiro on developing the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation

Brandon Stoddard

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Brandon Stoddard on developing Roots: The Next Generations

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on appearing in Roots: The Next Generations
Richard Thomas on appearing in Roots: The Next Generations

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on shooting Roots: The Next Generations
Joseph M. Wilcots on the "George Lincoln Rockwell" scene in Roots: The Next Generations, played by Marlon Brando
Joseph M. Wilcots on the staging of the assassination of "Malcolm X" scene in Roots: The Next Generations
Joseph M. Wilcots on shooting Roots: The Next Generations

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