History channel is remaking "Roots"

The 12-hour classic high-rated 1977 miniseries is being remade as an eight-hour miniseries that, according to Deadline, "will draw both on the book and the original mini from a contemporary perspective." A History exec adds: "We would like to revive that cultural icon for a new audience."

Norman Weiss has been doing TV Tattle since the week "Freaks and Geeks" was canceled. He is a Hollywood outsider who was born and raised in Hollywood. "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" are broadcast 2 blocks from his high school.