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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Returns for Third Season

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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is back! The third season of the series will premiere on CET and ThinkTV16 at 8pm Tuesday, Jan. 5. This season includes 28 individuals including artists, authors, politicians, activities, business moguls, architects and journalists. The list so far includes ancestry stories of Bill O’Reilly, Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Kimmel, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Julianne Moore, Norman Lear, Senator John McCain, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Gloria Steinem and more.

“There is something essential in human nature that drives us to wonder where we came from,” Gates said in a press release. “We can’t truly know ourselves until we know something of our origins. With new DNA technology we can learn more about this past and go further back than ever before, and we hope that the new season will inspire people to find out more about their own personal family stories, and spark an interest among young people in genetics, anthropology, history, and the pursuit of science.”

“By looking at the ancestral narratives of these 28 individuals who have played significant roles in shaping our contemporary culture, the third season of Finding Your Roots reveals how we are all connected to larger stories that have played a role in shaping who we are as people,” Sharon Percy Rockefeller also said in the release. Rockefeller is the President and CEO of WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital and the producing station for the Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr..

As part of this exciting new season, CET is also participating in the Finding Your Roots Share Your Story project. Learn more about that project at and tell us about your ancestry on Facebook at and #FindingYourRoots!