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Roots: The Next Generations

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(ABC, 2/18/1979 to 2/25/1979, 7 Parts, 14 hours). The unparalleled success of “Roots” in 1977 prompted this continuation of Alex Haley’s saga, beginning with the events where its predecessor ended in 1882 and bringing the story to the present with James Earl Jones playing Haley and Marlon Brando as American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell, who agreed to an interview in the 1960s with Haley for Playboy. Brando won an Emmy (as Outstanding Supporting Actor) for his 10-minute cameo part (not his television acting debut, publicity at the time to the contrary). “Roots: The Next Generations” covered 14 television hours, two more than its predecessor, with only Georg Stanford Brown and Lynne Moody (as Tom Harvey and his wife Irene, Alex Haley’s great-great-grandparents) continuing the roles they began in “Roots.” Brown also directed several hours of the sequel. Like its predecessor, the program was an Emmy Award winner as Outstanding Limited Series, with other nominations also going to Ruby Dee as Outstanding Supporting Actress, to Al Freeman Jr. and Paul Winfield as Outstanding Supporting Actor (in competition with Brando) to writer Ernest Kinoy (for Part 1) and to the makeup artists (for Part 3).

Production Companies David L. Wolper Productions, Warner Bros. Television. Directors John Erman, Charles S. Dubin, Georg Stanford Brown, Lloyd Richards. Executive Producer David L. Wolper. Producer Stan Margulies. Teleplay Ernest Kinoy, Sidney A Glass, Thad Mumford, Daniel Wilcox, John McGreevey. Created by Ernest Kinoy. Based on a Book by Alex Haley. Photography Joseph M. Wilcots. Music Gerald Fried. Editors John W. Wheeler, Robbe Roberts, Neil Travis, David Saxon. Art Director Robert MacKichan.

Cast Georg Stanford Brown (Tom Harvey), Olivia de Havilland (Mrs. Warner), Henry Fonda (Col. Frederick Warner), Paul Koslo (Earl Crowther), Avon Long (Chicken George), Lynne Moody (Irene Harvey), Greg Morris (Beeman Jones), Marc Singer (Andy Warner), Richard Thomas (Jim Warner), Fay Fauser (Carrie Barden), Brian Mitchell (John Dolan), Debbi Morgan (Elizabeth Harvey), Kathleen Doyle (Lucy Damson), Ja’Net DuBois (Sally Harvey), Slim Gaillard (Sam Wesley), Harry Morgan (Bob Campbell), Roger E Mosley (Lee Garnet), Stan Shaw (Will Palmer), Irene Cara (Bertha Palmer), James Daly (R S M Boyce), Ossie Davis (Dad Jones), Ruby Dee (Queen Haley), Dorian Harewood (Simon Haley), Kene Holliday (Detroit), George Voskovec (Mr. Goldstein), Hal Williams (Aleck Haley), Bever-Leigh Banfield (Cynthia Palmer), E. Lamont Johnson (Frank Warner at age 20), Bernie Casey (Bubba Haywood), Pam Grier (Francey), Rosey Grier (Big Slew Johnson), Gerald S. O’Loughlin (Captain Bowker), Percy Rodrigues (Boyd Moffat), John Rubinstein (Lt. Hamilton Ten Eyck), Diana Douglas (Mrs. Andy Warner), Jason Wingreen (Judge Quartermain), Maidie Norman (Sister Scrap Scott), Bruce French (Calloway), Robert Culp (Lyle Pettijohn), Dina Merrill (Mrs. Hickinger), Brock Peters (Ab Decker), Beah Richards (Cynthia Palmer), Paul Winfield (Dr. Horace Huguley), Lynn Hamilton (Cousin Georgia), Christoff (Kristoff) St. John (Alex Haley at age 8), Logan Ramsey (D.L. Lewis), Dennis Fimple (Sheriff Duffy), Debbie Allen (Nan Branch Haley), Damon Evans (Alex Haley at ages 17-25)), Andy Griffith (Comm. Robert Munroe), Diahann Carroll (Zeona [Mrs.Simon Haley]), Rafer Johnson (Nelson), Carmen McRae (Lila), John Hancock (Scotty), Della Reese (Mrs. Lydia Branch), Telma Hopkins (Daisy), Milt Kogan (Mel Klein), Barbara Barrie (Dodie Brattle), Marlon Brando (George Lincoln Rockwell), James Broderick (Dr. Lewis), Lee Chamberlin (Odile Richards), Michael Constantine (Dr. Vansina), Norman Fell (Bernie Raymond), Al Freeman Jr. (Malcolm X), James Earl Jones (Alex Haley), Claudia McNeil (Sister Will Ada), Linda Hopkins (Singer), Bobby Short (Pianist), Jane Rose (Mrs. Bulfinch), Howard Rollins Jr. (George Haley), Johnny Sekka (Ebou Manga).

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