The following is about Canadian television: A University of Guelph historian is about to hit the small screen. Professor Kevin James will make his major television debut this week on History Televison's hit show Ancestors in the Attic as the on-air genealogist.
James has worked both as a researcher and panelist for the show, which helps Canadians unearth mysteries about their past, during its first three seasons. But last winter, he received a last-minute call from the producers asking if he’d be willing to step into the role of the on-air “lab guy.” Soon James found himself catching a midnight plane to Newfoundland to shoot his first episode.
Life has been a whirlwind ever since, with James hastily joining the actors’ union and getting some on-the-job TV training. For most of 2009, he spent his weekdays researching and teaching Scottish studies at University of Guelph, and his weekends flying all over Canada including to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Winnipeg to film segments of the show.
You can read more at http://www.exchangemagazine.com/morningpost/2010/week1/Tuesday/010516.htm.