“Finding Your Roots” Season 3 to Premiere Jan. 5 on PBS

By Diane Haddad

There’s finally a premiere date for the third season of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.“: Jan. 5, 2016. The show has been on hiatus after an internal review concluded that actor Ben Affleck had “improper influence” over producers’ decision to omit a reference to Affleck’s slaveowning ancestor in the episode featuring his family history.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show added an additional researcher/fact-checker, another genealogist and an expert in genetic genealogy. Producers also instituted a more-rigorous process of obtaining releases from the celebrity guests whose ancestries are featured.

The lineup will include television producer Shonda Rhimes (whose shows include “Grey’s Anatomy”) and actors Neil Patrick Harris (of “How I Met Your Mother”) and Juliana Margulies (of “The Good Wife”).

The Hollywood Reporter also states “Genealogy Roadshow” will return May 17. Read the full article here.