Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premieres its seventh season tonight on PBS. This critically-acclaimed series will feature 20 guests in 10 episodes. These guests hail from a variety of fields, many well-known, whose family histories will be revealed in the context of historical events. PBS says, “that [the stories] illustrate the power and diversity of the human experience.”
The Finding Your Roots team uses traditional research coupled with DNA testing to structure the stories and compile them into a book of life.
The season’s schedule is as follows:
Episode 1: “To the Manor Born” with Glenn Close and John Waters
Episode 2: “Against All Odds” with Andy Cohen and Nina Totenberg
Episode 3: “No Irish Need Apply” with Jim Gaffigan and Jane Lynch
Episode 4: “The Shirts on Their Backs” with Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni
Episode 5: “Write My Name in the Book of Life” with Kasi Lemmons and Pharrell Williams
Episode 6: “Country Roots” with Clint Black and Rosanne Cash
Episode 7: “The New World” with John Lithgow and Maria Hinojosa
Episode 8: “Laughing on the Inside” with Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr.
Episode 9: “On Broadway” with Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin
Episode 10: “Anchored to the Past” with Grethen Carlson and Don Lemon
This season promises to be the best one yet, so check your local listings and tune in to Finding Your Roots!
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