TLC revives “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The genealogy reality series Who Do You Think You Are?, which aired for three seasons on NBC until the network canceled it last May, will return this summer on cable net TLC.
May 22, 2013

TLC is bringing back the genealogy reality series Who Do You Think You Are?

The U.S. cable network has ordered eight episodes of the hour-long show, which will premiere on July 23. The series is produced by Shed Media US and Isn’t Entertainment and executive produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky. Production is underway.

The show aired for three seasons on NBC before the network canceled it last May. Based on a British format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham that aired on the BBC, the show delves into the family trees of celebrities to uncover surprising details from their ancestry.

Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, and Chris O’Donnell are among the stars that will feature on the upcoming season.

Who Do You Think You Are? is at home on TLC, going beyond these famous names and revealing the hidden backstories of today’s biggest celebrities,” the network’s general manager Amy Winter said in a statement. “We hand-picked these contributors because they are real, down-to-earth individuals who have a deep passion for family, which is central to our brand.”

The network is also teaming up with sponsor Ancestry.com, which will provide family history research based on each celeb featured on the show.

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