Thursday, January 14, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are Begins March 5 on NBC - for real!

While at the Ancestry Blogger Event this last weekend I got an insiders look at the trailer for the new genealogy themed series Who Do You Think You Are?  It was very touching and revealed that stars like Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith were part of the cast.

Ancestry execs were chomping at the bit to get the word out but didn't have the greenlight to make a full announcement.  But the light has turned and it's all systems go. 
NBC just released the following press release finally confirming the premiere of the U.S. version of the hit U.K. series Who Do You Think You Are?  Stay tuned to this blog and The Genealogy Gems Podcast for much more - soon!  But for now, get the word out to your friends, family and neighbors.  After the Leno fiasco, we all need to do all we can to get the word out so that the ratings are great and the show keeps delivering!

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 14, 2010 - NBC unveiled its new post-Winter Olympics primetime program schedule today. The new drama series "Parenthood" will premiere on Tuesday, March 2 (10-11 p.m. ET) and the comedy panel series "The Marriage Ref" from Jerry Seinfeld will premiere Thursday, March 4 (10-11 p.m. ET) after its sneak preview on Sunday, February 28 (10:30-11 p.m. ET) following NBC's coverage of the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

In addition, the new alternative series "Who Do You Think You Are?" from Lisa Kudrow will premiere Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET) and the new game show "Minute to Win It" joins the lineup on Sunday, March 14 (8-9 p.m. ET). Also, "Friday Night Lights" will begin a new broadcast season on NBC on Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) starting April 30 after "Who Do You Think You Are?" concludes its run.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" premieres Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET) and gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities. Among the celebrities featured are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith. is NBC's official partner on the series. From executive producer Kudrow ("Friends," "The Comeback") - in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn't Entertainment and the U.K.'s Wall to Wall productions - "Who Do You Think You Are?" is an adaptation of the hit BBC television documentary series created and executive-produced by Alex Graham.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" is produced by Wall to Wall productions (a Shed Media Company) in association with Is or Isn't Entertainment. Alex Graham and Lucy Carter from Wall to Wall and Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos from Is or Isn't Entertainment are the executive producers. Bryn Freedman is the co-executive producer.

The new post-Olympics program schedule grid follows (all times ET); new series are in upper case.


8-9 p.m. - "Chuck"

9-10 p.m. - "Trauma" (beginning March 8)

10-11 p.m. -"Law & Order" (returns March 1 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. (ET); resumes in regular time slot March 8)


8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser"

10-11 p.m. - "PARENTHOOD" (premieres March 2)

8-9 p.m. - "Mercy"

9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encores beginning March 3)

10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (originals beginning March 3)


8-8:30 p.m. - "Community"

8:30-9 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"

9-9:30 p.m. - "The Office"

9:30-10 p.m. - "30 Rock"

10-11 p.m. - "THE MARRIAGE REF" (premieres March 4; sneak preview February 28)


8-9 p.m. - "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?" (premieres March 5; "Friday Night Lights" returns on April 30)

9-11 p.m. - "Dateline NBC" (begins March 5)

SATURDAYS (all beginning March 6)

8-9 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser" (encore episode)

9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order" (encore episode)

10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore episode)

SUNDAYS (all beginning March 14)

7-8 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"

8-9 p.m. - "MINUTE TO WIN IT" (premieres March 14)

9-11 p.m. - "The Celebrity Apprentice" (season premiere March 14)


scottish family history said...

If the US version of Who Do You Think You Are is anything like the UK version you are in for a treat. Watching famous people trace their ancestry and uncovering all sorts of unexpected ancestors really is a treat and has certainly inspired a lot more people in the UK to take up genealogy.

lelier said...

I hope it's a hit over here also! We have been waiting for this for what seems like a long long time! TO be truthful, I worry about it being up against "Ghost Whisperer"... that may mean it will be recorded a LOT and that has killed off many great shows... PLEASE don't let it happen to this!