Television: The Return of Haley's Comet

ABC gears up Roots: The Next Generations

Special, miniseries, big event: these are the most overused terms in television's absurd lexicon of hype. But in the 1978-79 season, when almost every prime-time show is labeled spectacular by the networks, one mini-series surely justifies the advance billing. That show is Roots: The Next Generations, ABC's sequel to the most popular TV entertainment of all time. When this 14-hour production airs over seven nights in early February, upwards of 100 million viewers may tune in to see if it is a worthy successor to the original...

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