The fifth season of Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., comes to CPTV Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning January 8, 2019!

See 10 all-new episodes exploring the ancestry stories of guests with fascinating family stories, including Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney, and S. Epatha Merkerson; and actors Michael K. Williams, Andy Samberg, Chloe Sevigny, and Kal Penn. Season 5 also includes superstar author George R.R. Martin; acclaimed journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Joe Madison, and Lisa Ling; bestselling author and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg; TV hosts Seth Meyers and Michael Strahan; artists Marina Abramovic and Kehinde Wiley; politicians Marco Rubio, Tulsi Gabbard, and Paul Ryan; Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alejandro Innaritu and Michael Moore; and comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman.

The roots of these guests cover the globe — from Samoa, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Sicily to Iran, Ireland, India, and Cuba — and almost everywhere in between.

Their family trees are filled with compelling characters — slaves and kings, artists and entrepreneurs, abandoned children and missing parents, revolutionaries, soldiers, and a constant flow of ordinary individuals who did remarkable things, laying the groundwork for their successful descendants.

Each episode weaves together these stories, gleaned from cutting-edge DNA analysis and old school genealogical detective work.

Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for these fascinating new stories, Tuesdays on CPTV!

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