Tony Winner Leslie Uggams Will Be Part of "Oprah and the Legendary Cast of 'Roots' 35 Years Later" Broadcast

News   Tony Winner Leslie Uggams Will Be Part of "Oprah and the Legendary Cast of 'Roots' 35 Years Later" Broadcast
 
Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams will appear on "Oprah and the Legendary Cast of 'Roots' 35 Years Later," an anniversary special set for broadcast Jan. 16 (Martin Luther King Day) at 8 PM ET on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Uggams, who earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and a Critics Choice Award for her portrayal of Kizzy in “Roots,” will be joined by fellow cast members Cicely Tyson, LeVar Burton, John Amos, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Ben Vereen; the actors will discuss their experiences in creating the landmark series.

“Roots,” based on Alex Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” debuted in 1977 and broke all existing viewer ratings. The final episode was watched by 100 million viewers and still ranks as the third most-watched television episode of all time.

Hosted by Oprah Winfrey at her home in Montecito, CA, the special features the cast sharing their personal accounts of working on the series and their thoughts on becoming part of TV history. Original clips from “Roots" serve as a backdrop for the stars’ recollections.

“Oprah and the Legendary Cast of ‘Roots’ 35 Years Later” is produced by Harpo Studios.

For more information visit www.oprah.com/own.

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