What to Watch on Monday: New ‘Roots’ miniseries begins

Fiddler (Forest Whitaker, left) and Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) in “Roots.”
Fiddler (Forest Whitaker, left) and Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) in “Roots.”

Roots (9 p.m., A&E, Lifetime and History Channels) – This 8-hour miniseries – a remake of the 1977 series, based on the Alex Haley novel – begins in Gambia in 1750 as Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, give birth to a son, Kunta. Kunta is kidnapped in 1767 and sold to British slave traders, and after arriving in Maryland, he is purchased by Virginia planter John Waller. The series continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 9.

TED Talks: War and Peace (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – Talks and performances from people who have experienced war, including Adam Driver, Rufus Wainwright and Sebastian Junger.

The Detour (9:30 p.m., TBS) – In the season finale, the Parkers try to take down Nate’s company through whistle-blowing.

Of Men and War (10 p.m., UNC-TV) – In this POV documentary, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan pursue recovery at a post-traumatic stress disorder treatment center in California.

Mistresses (10 p.m., ABC) – In the Season 4 premiere, Joss testifies in Wilson’s murder trial.