Finding Your Roots, the popular PBS series temporarily suspended after an episode omitted references to Ben Affleck’s ancestral slaveholding past at the actor’s request, will return for its third season in January. The show has hired a new fact checker and two new genealogists as part of its reforms, the network’s Beth Hoppe said on Monday. PBS shelved the series after determining producers violated standards by allowing Affleck to influence its content and failing to inform the network of his request.
“It has become a more transparent process and a more rigorous process,” Hoppe said, “but essentially at its core these are personal stories about people who are finding out about their histories. That hasn’t changed.”
“Finding Your Roots,” which is hosted and written by Henry Louis Gates Jr., returns on January 5th. Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sen. John McCain and television producers Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes are among the 28 new celebrities whose backgrounds will be traced.
The series plans to make sure there is mention the discovery of slaveholding backgrounds for any of the celebrities featured this season.