A renewed version of the hit 1977 miniseries "Roots" is in development by the History Channel. The show, based on a book by historian Alex Haley, follows several generations of a slave family in the United States. When it aired it drew 100 million viewers and earned an unprecedented 37 Emmy nominations. It won nine of the awards.
The History Channel has also acquired the rights to Haley's book, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family."