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PBS lines up “Genealogy Roadshow” for the fall

PBS has commissioned Krasnow Productions to tackle the Irish format Genealogy Roadshow, which will debut on the U.S. pubcaster in September.
May 29, 2013

PBS has commissioned Krasnow Productions to tackle the Irish format Genealogy Roadshow, which will debut on the U.S. pubcaster on September 23 at 9 p.m. EST.

Originally made by Big Mountain Productions for Irish pubcaster RTE, Genealogy Roadshow sees participants investigate their background with the aid of genealogy, history and DNA experts, local historians and more.

In the U.S. version, the show will focus on four American cities – Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco – which were selected as centers of culture, diversity, industry and history.

The participants will go on a scientific and emotional journey as they explore unverified genealogical claims that were passed down through family history.

Genealogy Roadshow is an engaging, innovative program that reveals the bigger picture of our nation’s past, present and future,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming for PBS.

“With a diverse mix of stories in each episode, Genealogy Roadshow appeals to Americans interested in learning about their family histories. It also shows that no matter one’s heritage and background, everyone has a place in history.”

“It is rare and wonderful when one can produce a show in which literally everyone is qualified to be a part of it,” added executive producer Stuart Krasnow. “PBS is the perfect partner to produce a show that celebrates the richness of the individual, and the differences between us that make our country unique.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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