It has taken a while, but playing the sultry title role in “Carmen Jones” fulfills a lifelong dream.
Although the “Roots” revival received strong reviews, it had a formidable opponent: Game 7 of the N.B.A. Western Conference finals.
The remake of this 1977 generational saga of slavery is optimistic in focusing on its characters’ strength, sober in recognizing that we may never stop needing reminders of whose lives matter.
It still ranks as one of the most viewed TV series in history, but numbers are a feeble measure: “Roots” was the national water cooler.
This mini-series about slavery will air over four nights starting on Memorial Day and will be simulcast on the History, Lifetime and A&E channels.