If you can get past his politics (which isn't evident in his PBS work), you may enjoy his new series on PBS. It appears to be much like his "Faces of America" and NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are". The cynic may think that the researchers searched a lot celebrities before asking them to take part, only selecting the ones with interesting stories. I would rather believe what I have always said, everyone has a story worth telling
The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
In each hour-long episode, he takes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity pair bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises of their family trees and shares life-altering discoveries