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After its little Ben Affleck hiccup, the PBS series Finding Your Roots is back in January with an all new third season of celebs tracing their family trees, aided by host Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The series had to take a time out after Season 2, when news broke that Affleck tried to keep producers from revealing the discovery of his slave-owning ancestor.

Among the 28 new folks selected for the show’s return, premiering Jan. 5 at 8 p.m., are Soledad O’Brien, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes, Donna Brazile, artist Kara Walker, Keenan Ivory Wayans and LL Cool J.

Highlights include O’Brien discovering she is a distant relative of talk show host Stephen Colbert, and Brazile having a moment after seeing a photo of the cabin that housed her great-grandfather as a young slave.

Rappers Diddy and LL, according to PBS, “learn of family histories long shrouded in mystery that shake them both to their cores.”

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