TGIT won’t return until February, but in the meantime, creator Shonda Rhimes will make her mark on television in an episode of Finding Your Roots.
Tuesday’s installment of the PBS series will feature Rhimes, along with Maya Rudolph and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gate Jr. helps the entertainers trace their lineages and discover their ancestors’ struggle for freedom.
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In the exclusive clip above, Rhimes looks at the 1870 federal census — taken after the end of the Civil War — which included African-Americans for the first time. The census lists Annie and Matilda Watson, believed to be Rhimes’ great-great and great-great-great grandmother.
The upcoming season will feature appearances from Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Hader, LL Cool J, Julianne Moore, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Gloria Steinem, Senator John McCain, and more. Finding Your Roots airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.