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(ABC, 1/23/1977 to 1/30/1977, 8 Parts, 12 hours). The dramatization of Alex Haley’s chronicle of his family history from his ancestors’ life in tribal Africa of the 18th century to their emancipation in the post-Civil War South became an overnight phenomenon, the subject of educational programs as well as newspaper editorials that attracted, as it progressed, the largest viewing audience ever for a dramatic TV program. It won an unprecedented 37 Emmy Award nominations and was chosen the Outstanding Dramatic Series of the 1976-77 season, and won Emmys for Louis Gossett Jr. as Best Actor, Edward Asner as Best Supporting Actor and Olivia Cole as Best Supporting Actress, as well as for director David Greene (Part 1), writers Ernest Kinoy and William Blinn (Part 2), editor Neil Travis (Part 1), and Quincy Jones and Gerald Fried for their music score (Part 1). Other acting nominations include: John Amos, LeVar Burton (UCLA drama student in his dramatic acting debut), Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, Madge Sinclair, Moses Gunn, Robert Reed, Ralph Waite, Sandy Duncan and Cicely Tyson, plus Marvin Chomsky (Director, Part 3), John Erman (Director, Part 2), Gilbert Moses (Director, Part 6), Steven Larner (Cinematographer, Part 2), Joseph M. Wilcots (Cinematographer, Part 7), James Lee (Teleplay, Part 5), M. Charles Cohen (Teleplay, Part 8), Neil Travis (Editor, Part 2—also winner for Part 1), Peter Kirby (Editor, Part 3) and James T. Heckert (Editor, Part 8).

Production Companies David L. Wolper Productions, Warner Bros. Television. Directors David Greene, John Erman, Gilbert Moses, Marvin J. Chomsky. Executive Producer David L. Wolper. Producer Stan Margulies. Teleplay Ernest Kinoy, James Lee, M. Charles Cohen, William Blinn. Based on the Novel by Alex Haley. Photography (Parts 1 and 2) Stevan Larner. Photography (Parts 3 through 8) Joseph M. Wilcots. Editor Neil Travis, James T. Heckert, Peter Kirby. Music Quincy Jones, Gerald Fried. Art Directors Jan Scott, Joseph R Jennings. Special Makeup Stan Winston.

Cast Maya Angelou (Nyo Boto), Ji-Tu Cumbuka (The Wrestler), Moses Gunn (The Kintango), Thalmus Rasulala (Omoro), Harry Rhodes (Brima Cesay), William Watson (Gardner), Ren Woods (Fanta), LeVar Burton (Kunta Kinte), Cicely Tyson (Binta), Edward Asner (Capt. Thomas Davies), O. J. Simpson (Kadi Touray), Ralph Waite (Slater), Louis Gossett Jr. (Fiddler), Robert Reed (William Reynolds), Lorne Greene (John Reynolds), Lynda Day George (Mrs. Reynolds), Vic Morrow (Ames), Paul Shenar (John Carrington), John Amos (Toby [Kunta Kinte as an adult]), Madge Sinclair (Bell), Gary Collins (Grill), Lee deBroux (Trumbull), Tanya Boyd (Genelva), Beverly Todd (Fanta as an adult), Thayer David (Harlan), Raymond St. Jacques (The Drummer), Chuck Connors (Tom Moore), Sandy Duncan (Missy Anne Reynolds), Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (Noah), John Schuck (Ordell), Leslie Uggams (Kizzy), Roxie Roker (Melissa), Elma Jackson (Ada), Carolyn Jones (Mrs. Moore), Macdonald Carey (Squire James), Scatman Crothers (Mingo), Olivia Cole (Mathilda), George Hamilton (Stephen Bennett), Ian McShane (Sir Eric Russell), Lillian Randolph (Sister Sara), Richard Roundtree (Sam Bennett), Ben Vereen (Chicken George), Wally Taylor (Reverend), Davis Roberts (Leonard), Lloyd Bridges (Evan Brent), Georg Stanford Brown (Tom), Brad Davis (Ol’ George Johnson), Hilly Hicks (Lewis), Doug McClure (Jemmy Brent), Lynne Moody (Irene), Lane Binkley (Martha Johnson), Richard McKenzie (Sam Harvey), Austin Stoker (Virgil), Sally Kemp (Lila Harvey), Burl Ives (Sen. Arthur Johnson), John Quade (Sheriff Biggs), Charles Cyphers (Drake), Todd Bridges (Bud).

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