In a deal with A+E Networks and Chute Ten Productions, Hulu has snagged exclusive subscription streaming rights to Roots, the four-episode remake of the groundbreaking 1977 television series.
The show, to be available this fall, is a historical retelling of American slavery and one family’s determination to survive and persevere from one generation to the next. Starring Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, it had its broadcast premiere on History and other A&E channels on Memorial Day. The series, developed by A+E Studios, has since been viewed by more than 50 million people.
The original Roots, an eight-part series that aired on ABC in January 1977 and was based on Alex Haley’s novel of the same name, starred LeVar Burton, John Amos, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen and Louis Gosett, Jr., Leslie Uggams and Ed Asner. According to Museum.TV, the original show was a record-breaker for its time, with more than 100 million viewers, almost half the nation, watching the final episode.
You can stream the first episode of the original Roots for free on Amazon. Additional episodes are available for streaming at $5.99 each.
Hulu has also acquired exclusive streaming rights to A&E’s Barbarians Rising, which premiered on History June 6. To be available on Hulu in 2017, the eight-part docudrama tells the story of Rome’s rise and fall from the perspective of barbarian leaders. Hulu has also gained exclusive streaming rights to Lifetime’s War and Peace, which it plans to make available this summer.
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