Laurence Fishburne is joining the "Roots" miniseries remake.
A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries.
The new project will draw on the late Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC miniseries was a ratings sensation.
Fishburne is a Tony Award-winning stage actor ("Two Trains Running") and Oscar nominee ("What's Love Got to Do With It"). He's become a familiar presence on TV in series including "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," ''Hannibal" and ABC's comedy "black-ish."
No air date or other casting has been announced for the "Roots" remake that will debut simultaneously on the History, A&E and Lifetime channels.
Foundation to honor Caviezel
Jim Caviezel is being honored by a Pennsylvania museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series "Person of Interest" and became widely known for his role in the movie "The Passion of the Christ." He will receive the Harvey Award at an Aug. 29 fundraiser by the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation, based in Stewart's hometown of Indiana, Pa. Past winners include Carol Burnett, Janet Leigh and Shirley Jones. The Harvey Award is typically given to someone with connections to Stewart. The foundation says "Caviezel's personal relationship with Jimmy Stewart acted as a catalyst to his own success as an actor."
pulled: TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard." The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule. Warner Bros., which produced the series, last week halted production of toy replicas of the so-called General Lee, which famously features a replica of the Confederate flag on its roof. Retailers including Wal-Mart and eBay have stopped selling merchandise bearing reproductions of the flag.
romance: Nobel-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, 79, has reportedly confirmed his romantic involvement with Isabel Preysler, 64, the former wife of singer Julio Iglesias and mother of Enrique Iglesias. The Peruvian novelist said in comments published Wednesday in weekly magazine Hola that his relationship with Preysler "is going very well." Vargas Llosa, who won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, recently announced he was separating from his wife, Patricia Llosa, after 50 years of marriage.