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PBS untangles roots

Series to profile numerous accomplished African-Americans

HOLLYWOOD — PBS has greenlit production of four-hour documentary “African-American Lives.”

Thirteen/WNET New York and Kunhardt Prods. have signed on to co-produce. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. will host the series, set to air in February.

Series will combine storytelling and science to profile numerous accomplished African-Americans, using genealogy and DNA to trace their roots from Africa to America. Gates will provide access to their day-to-day lives, while a team of scientists will investigate their family histories.

Gates, William R. Grant and Peter Kunhardt are executive producers. Procter & Gamble and the Coca-Cola Co. have signed to underwrite the skein.

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