Monday, January 4, 2016

Season 3 of Finding Your Roots on PBS Starts Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The third season of Henry Louis Gates' "Finding Your Roots" series on PBS starts on Tuesday, 5 January 2016, at 8 p.m. (EST, MST, PST) and 7 p.m. (CST).

The series is described on the web page for the series (
Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series, African American Lives, in 2006 through the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has unearthed the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears.
The third season of the Finding Your Roots series will continue to explore how diverse racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds challenge many of our long-held national myths. Hosted and written by Gates, this new season will continue to be compelling television, filled with emotional moments that enrich our national discussion on race, ethnicity, and identity.
In this season, Gates traces the ancestral trails of 28 new guests including Maya Rudolph, Richard Branson, Soledad O’Brien, Bill Hader, Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Senator John McCain, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes, and more. Each of their stories illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that make up the fabric of America.
There are profiles of some of the personalities at

The schedule appears to be:

1)  5 January 2016:

*  Ty Burrell
*  Kara Walker
*  Donna Brazile

2)  12 January 2016:

*  Bill O'Reilly
*  Soledad O'Brien
*  Bill Maher

3)  19 January 2016

*  Shonda Rhimes
*  Maya Rudolph
*  Keenen Ivory Wayans

4)  26 January 2016:

*  Norman Lear
*  Bill Hader
*  Jimmy Kimmel

The publicity says there are 28 celebrities, including Richard Branson, John McCain and Julianne Moore, who are not on the list above.  Perhaps there are more episodes?

The episodes should be interesting!

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