Success of ABC's 'Roots' sprouted new thinking

Miller, Stuart
June 2007
Daily Variety;6/11/2007, Vol. 295 Issue 49, pA1
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The article reports that the ABC television miniseries "Roots," based on Alex Haley's book, made television history in 1977 when it became an immediate success and when its episodes were shown over one week, moving away from the one-episode-per-week format. ABC chief Fred Silverman, executive Brandon Stoddard and producer David Wolper were initially worried about the miniseries' results, but the program later won 11 Emmys.


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