|Bounce TV –– the nation’s fastest-growing television network designed for African-American audiences – will premiere the classic Roots, the milestone mini-series which chronicled the story of an African slave sold to America and his descendants. Bounce TV will air the eight-part series across five consecutive nights, Nov. 16-20 starting at 9:00 p.m. ET each night, and then present the complete mini-series for an all-day binge-watching marathon on Fri. Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Roots is the epic saga of African-American life, based on author Alex Haley’s family history. Kunta Kinte is abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and shipped to America. He makes several escape attempts until he is finally caught and crippled. He marries Bell, his plantation’s cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy, who is eventually sold away from them. Kizzy has a son by her new master, and the boy grows up to become Chicken George who leads his family into freedom. Throughout the series, the family observes notable events in U.S. history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and emancipation.
Roots captivated the nation in 1977, becoming one of the most-watched events in television history. It would go on to earn an unprecedented 37 EMMY® nominations and nine wins while winning a Peabody Award among many other accolades. Roots also enjoyed unusual social acclaim for a television show; Vernon Jordan, former president of the Urban League, called it “the single most spectacular educational experience in race relations in America.” The memorable cast includes Levar Burton, Louis Gossett, Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, Ed Asner, John Amos, Olivia Cole, Georg Stanford Brown, Richard Roundtree, Robert Reed, Moses Gunn, Vic Morrow and Maya Angelou.
Roots on Bounce TV
Five Night Primetime Event
Weds. Nov. 16 Chapter One 9:00-11:00 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 17 Chapter Two 9:00-11:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 18 Chapters Three/Four 9:00-11:00 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 19 Chapters Five/Six 9:00-12 Midnight
Sun. Nov. 20 Chapters Seven/Eight 9:00-12 Midnight
Day-After-Thanksgiving Marathon – Fri. Nov. 25
11:00 a.m. Chapter One
1:00 p.m. Chapter Two
3:00 p.m. Chapter Three
4:00 p.m. Chapter Four
5:00 p.m. Chapter Five
6:00 p.m. Chapter Six
8:00 p.m. Chapter Seven
9:00 p.m. Chapter Eight
All Times Eastern