In what has to be a first, A&E, History and Lifetime have greenlit a remake of the ground-breaking limited series, Roots – the miniseries that told the origins of Author Alex Haley’s family in America.
The event series, which will include original cast member LeVar Burton as an executive producer, will be simulcast on all three networks in 2016.
TNT’s Perception (Mondays, 10/9C), is a series about a new kind of detective – Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), a university professor and doctor of neuroscience with out-of-balance brain chemistry – who uses puzzles and music to stay off medication. His unique situation makes him especially qualified to consult on some of the FBI’s most puzzling cases.
LeVar Burton plays Dr. Paul Haley, Pierce’s boss and closest friend. On a teleconference Q&A session, Burton talked about seeking out the role; why he was so eager to attach himself to the series, and how he hopes it might restart the conversation on mental health (hopefully to take away the stigma attached to it).