Hulu Inks Deal to Stream A&E Original Series Remake ‘Roots’


After a successful run on cable television, History/A&E original remake ‘Roots‘ will be coming to Hulu, in an exclusive streaming deal bringing the hit miniseries to the digital world.

“A+E Networks is thrilled to partner with Hulu to offer their subscribers such a strong slate of programming,” said Sean Cohan, president of international and digital media at A+E Networks. “Hulu continues to thrive and innovate in the SVOD marketplace and is the perfect platform to showcase A+E’s premium video content.”

There has been a major trend of hit original miniseries as of late, with OJ Simpson getting two runs, one a retelling and one a documentary, and others like ‘Roots’ getting a shot at prime time television. Hulu itself released ‘11.22.63’ as an original miniseries themselves, which perhaps leads to Hulu’s desire to pick up other miniseries.

‘Roots’ ended up being a massive hit during the 1970s, a show unlike any other, recounting the horrors of slavery, at a time where most television avoided any topics focused on darker themes. The remake caught a little bit of grief prior to release with fans of the original considering it somewhat untouchable. But to some surprise, the remake has actually been praised heavily by critics and fans alike.

‘Roots’ will be streaming on Hulu Fall 2016, with no specific date yet set.