SummerCravings Continue! Compelling Eight-Hour Event Series ROOTS Anchors CraveTV’s September Lineup

— August 26, 2016

– Acclaimed miniseries ROOTS, from A+E Studios®, available for streaming September 2 –
–CTV’s hit series DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW begins streaming September 9 –
– From SHOWTIME, new episodes of documentary series THE CIRCUS begin September 14 –

“... [the] new vision of ROOTS justifies its existence almost immediately, reinforcing its worthiness through amazing performances and a tweaked narrative that puts more focus on the interior lives of the slaves.” – AV Club

“The effort put forth by the writers, actors, and filmmakers have updated and reimagined the miniseries to be a powerful reminder of the past and how stories like ROOTS deserve to be retold.” – ScreenRant

  TORONTO (August 26, 2016) – CraveTV’s #SummerCravings lineup continues Fridays in September with more exclusive series and must-watch programming. Kicking off the month is the highly anticipated, eight-hour event series ROOTS, the reimagining of the classic miniseries from A+E Studios® that begins streaming in its entirety beginning next Friday, Sept. 2. ROOTS traces the journey of one family and their will to survive and carry on their legacy despite enormous adversities and inhumanities. With an outstanding cast that includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin, Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne, Golden Globe® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, ROOTS is produced by LeVar Burton (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION), who starred as Kinte in the original series.  Also this September, villains and superheroes land on CraveTV, as the streaming service becomes the exclusive home of Season 1 of DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, beginning Friday, Sept. 9. Fans of THE FLASH and ARROW, also available on Crave, won’t want to miss this superhero team-up. Lastly, for political junkies, THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH is a real-time documentary series from SHOWTIME that pulls back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race, revealing the intense, inspiring, and infuriating stories behind the headlines. The series that The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle describes as  “wry and fascinating,” follows Clinton, Trump, as well as key characters and events from the individual campaigns. Viewers can catch up from the beginning, and tune in to the latest drama as it unfolds, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14, with new episodes streaming weekly. This month in CraveTV history: Information about CraveTV’s September lineup is outlined below; titles are listed in order of streaming start dates. CraveTV adds new programming every week on #iCraveFridays: Friday, Sept. 2 ROOTS – (Historic TV/Dramas) Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby, DOCTOR WHO), who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery. Throughout the series, Kinte’s family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and eventual emancipation. The incredible ROOTS cast includes Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”), Anna Paquin (Nancy Holt), Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne (Alex Haley), Golden Globe® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Tom Lea), Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose (Kizzy), Grammy Award® winner Tip "T.I." Harris (Cyrus), Chad L. Coleman (Mingo); Emayatzy Corinealdi (Belle), Matthew Goode (Dr. William Waller); Derek Luke (Silla Ba Dibba), Mekhi Phifer (Jerusalem); James Purefoy (John Waller), Erica Tazel (Matilda), and Regé-Jean Page (Chicken George).  THE BIG BANG THEORY– Season 5 (Comedies/Sitcoms) In Season 5, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) regrets sleeping with Raj (Kunal Naayyar) and becomes very good friends with Leonard (Johnny Galecki). In the meantime, Leonard breaks up with Priya (Aarti Mann), and Amy (Mayim Bialik) pushes Sheldon (Jim Parsons) in their relationship, to eventually become boyfriend and girlfriend. Penny and the other women become a clique of their own, and Howard (Simon Helberg) prepares for his wedding and trip to space. KINGDOM – Season 2 (Dramas) In Season 2 of KINGDOM the fighters at Navy St. MMA gym continue to battle obstacles both in and out of the ring as Ryan “The Destroyer” Wheeler (Matt Lauria, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) defends his title, and Jay (Jonathan Tucker, PARENTHOOD) finds a new obsession. WEEDS – Seasons 6 – 8 (Dramas/Comedies/The Showtime Collection) The comedy series from SHOWTIME, starring Mary-Louise Parker (THE BLACKLIST), Elizabeth Perkins (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER), and Kevin Nealon (COMEDY BANG! BANG!), exposes the dirty little secrets that lie behind the pristine lawns and shiny closed doors of homes in the fictional town of Agrestic, California. The series follows Nancy Botwin (Parker), a suburban mom who resorts to selling weed to support her family after her husband unexpectedly dies. Viewers can now stream WEEDS in its entirety exclusively on Crave. BLUE BLOODS – Seasons 5 – 6 (Crime & Mystery/Dramas) Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Lean Cariou, Tom Selleck, and Amy Carlson, BLUE BLOODS follows the lives of the multi-generational Reagan family and their dedication to the New York City Police Department. HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN – (HBO/Dramas/Historic TV) An HBO film, HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN centres on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Gellhorn was Hemingway's inspiration for Whom the Bell Tolls, and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer. Starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN was directed by Philip Kaufman. ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO – LIVE IN LAS VEGAS – (Music) This film features classic Elton John tracks performed either with his band, with percussionist Ray Cooper, or solo. The multimedia staging is extraordinary, with vast screens behind the stage illustrating the songs. The piano itself acts as a screen for graphics and animations. The stage show was directed by legendary photographer David LaChapelle GRIMM – Season 5 (Sci-Fi & Fantasy/Dramas) Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt’s (Rick Burkhardt) life turns upside down when he discovers that he is a descendant of an elite group of hunters, known as "Grimms," who fight to keep the world safe from supernatural creatures.  THE GOLDBERGS – Season 3 (Sitcoms/Comedies) In the 1980s, geeky Adam (Sean Giambrone) uses a video camera to document his family's crazy life. His mom (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is overprotective, while his dad (Jeff Garlin) finds it difficult to parent without screaming. The family's beloved grandfather (George Segal) is responsible for wild antics, which create more chaos. ARROW – Season 4 (Dramas/Superheroes/Action & Adventure) After being gone for five years, during which he suffered unimaginable ordeals, billionaire Oliver Queen returned home to Starling City with a mysterious agenda and a set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Reinventing the DC Comics character for a modern-day audience, the Arrow is every bit as formidable as the criminals he's hunting. THE FLASH – Season 2 (Dramas/ Superheroes/Action & Adventure) Until recently, 25-year-old Barry Allen lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy forensic scientist in the Central City Police department. Barry is deeply in love with his best friend, Iris West, daughter of Barry's surrogate father, Detective Joe West, who adopted Barry 14 years ago after Barry's mother was murdered and his father, Henry Allen, received a life sentence for the crime - though Barry maintains that a mysterious "Man in Yellow" was responsible. With the help of his new scientist friends at S.T.A.R Labs, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Dr. Harrison Wells, Barry begins a journey as The Flash to protect the people of Central City from these powerful new threats.  DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW – Season 1 (Dramas/Sci-Fi & Fantasy/Superheroes/Action & Adventure) Time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill, DOCTOR WHO) is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat - one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Featuring ARROW's Brandon Routh as The Atom and Caity Lotz as the resurrected Sara Lance/White Canary; with THE FLASH's Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein alongside Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave; plus, the newest heroes Rip Hunter, Jeff Jackson (Franz Drameh, Edge of Tomorrow), and the reincarnated warrior queen Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee, Pippin), this singular super hero spinoff series pits the ragtag team against an immortal threat that remains one of the most powerful villains in the DC Comics universe. Wednesday, Sept. 14 THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH – Season 1, Episode 18 (Documentaries/The Showtime Collection) THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH is a real-time documentary series about a presidential campaign. Every week, the show pulls back the curtain and takes viewers deep inside the fiercest competition on earth – where the ultimate prize is the most powerful office in the world. Brimming with emotion, intensity, intimacy, and irreverence, THE CIRCUS reveals the drama, comedy, and pathos behind the headlines, laying bare the candidates and the people around them for what they are: fueled at once by ambition and idealism, endlessly fascinating and inevitably flawed... and deeply, recognizably human.  Friday, Sept. 16 FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD – (HBO/Documentaries/Comedies/Sports) From Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, this one-hour comedy special covers Will Ferrell’s (THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING) one-of-a-kind day on March 12, 2016, when he took the field at 10 different positions for 10 different teams in five spring training games at Cactus League ballparks in Arizona. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer through the charity Cancer For College, Ferrell is also honouring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris, who on Sept. 8, 1965, in only his second major league season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels.  YUKON MEN – Season 1 (Discovery/Reality TV) YUKON MEN details the lives of several inhabitants of the remote Alaskan village of Tanana which is situated by the Yukon River. These men make their living by fishing, hunting and trapping game as well as raising sled dogs and logging. Wednesday, Sept. 21 THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH – Season 1, Episode 19 (Documentaries/The Showtime Collection) Synopsis unavailable.  Friday, Sept. 23 $100,000 PYRAMID – (Reality TV) Hosted by Pro Football Hall of Famer and celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan, the Emmy Award®-winning pop-culture phenomenon is re-imagined and back with $100,000 up for grabs in every episode. The hottest stars will team up with players from across the U.S. to take on the timeless war of words, racing against the clock to give and guess clues in one of TV’s all-time great word-association games. Wednesday, Sept. 28 THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH – Season 1, Episode 20 (Documentaries/The Showtime Collection) Synopsis unavailable.  Friday, Sept. 30   MATCH GAME – Season 1 (Reality TV/ Comedies) Hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin (30 ROCK), MATCH GAME is an update of the legendary panel game show that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank.  

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