PBS will show the delayed third season of Finding Your Roots on Jan. 5, marking the return of the show since host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was gave in to Ben Affleck’s request to not mention a slave-owning ancestor from the actor’s episode of the genealogy series. See PBS Suspends Finding Your Roots Over Affleck's Improper Influence
An internal review found that Gates “violated PBS
standards” by, among other things, not informing executives at PBS or
producing station WNET about Affleck’s request to censor the show’s
genealogical research into his ancestors.
After an internal review, an additional researcher/fact-checker, another genealogist and an expert in
DNA-based genealogical research have been added.
In the new season of Finding Your Roots 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,
Major corporate support for the third season of Finding Your Roots is provided by Ancestry.com , Johnson & Johnson, POM and the Ford Motor Company.