News Nuggets: History Channel remaking Emmy champ ‘Roots’ as new miniseries

Nellie Andreeva breaks the news that History Channel is remaking one of the top Emmy winners of all time: the classic 1977 miniseries “Roots.” Based on the celebrated book by Alex Haley, the original earned a record 36 nominations and won nine Emmys. With the topic of slavery featured recently in “Django Unchained” and “12 Years a Slave,” the cable network acquired the rights from Mark Wolper, son of the late executive producer David L. Wolper to make an eight-hour version. Deadline.

Steve Pond brings official word from the Producers Guild that only three producers of “The Butler” will be eligible for their awards and the Oscars: director/producer Lee Daniels, Pamela Williams, and the late Laura Ziskin. The other two producers, Cassian Elwes and Buddy Patrick, were rejected by the PGA panel that certifies the people “most completely responsible for a film’s production.” If the film starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, only these three people would receive a trophy. The Wrap.

Rap and pop star Pitbull will host the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24. He and Ke$ha will perform his new single “Timber” on the ABC ceremony. Other performers include Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and One Direction. Billboard.

2 Broke Girls” stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs will host the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards on January 8. They replace Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory“) who has been the emcee the past two years. For both “Gravity” and “The Heat,” Sandra Bullock has five nominations. Among TV nominees, “Glee” leads the pack with eight nods. Katy Perry has five bids in the music categories. E! Online.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host “Ben Stiller Directs,” a retrospective of the five films Stiller has directed in his career. They refer to him as an “inventive, risk-taking filmmaker who has repeatedly demonstrated his versatility and ambition behind the camera. The event December 6-8 will feature the premiere of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” plus “Reality Bites” (1994), “The Cable Guy” (1996), “Zoolander” (2001), and “Tropic Thunder” (2008). FilmLinc.

National Public Radio is offering anyone a free chance to listen to the new soundtrack of “Inside Llewyn Davis” on their website. The best two tracks are “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” from Oscar Isaac and “Please, Mr. Kennedy” from Isaac, Adam Driver, and Justin Timberlake. Hollywood Elsewhere.

Brian Mansfield provides his wish list of winners for this week’s CMA Awards. Luke Bryan (entertainer), Florida Georgia Line (single), Kacey Musgraves (album, new artist), Lee Brice (song), Carrie Underwood (female), Jason Aldean (male), and Zac Brown Band (group). USA Today.

Is it already time to talk about an Oscar race over a year away? The film adaptation of Broadway hit musical “Jersey Boys” from Clint Eastwood has claimed a debut date of June 20, 1014. Tony winner John Lloyd Young reprises his role as lead singer Frankie Valli. Oscar champ Christopher Walken has a featured role as mob boss Gyp DeCarlo. Cinema Blend.

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