The Travel Channel has unveiled plans to develop a diverse slate of new programming. Pilots for eight new original series have been given the green light for production. The one that caught my eye is a genealogy program, to be called “Find My Past.” The announcement was made by Shannon O’Neill, President, Travel Channel.
The announcement states, “‘Find My Past’ is a hosted series that follows Americans on a journey to breathtaking locations throughout the world as they uncover their very personal connection to history’s most extraordinary events. Traveling across the world from one incredible location to another, each individual will get a chance to walk in their ancestors’ footsteps. By journey’s end, everything is revealed, and the historical impact of their ancestors’ lives will come into clear and striking focus. The half-hour pilot is produced by Lion Television.”
That last name is familiar to television watchers in the U.K. Lion Television produces a television program there of the same name. ‘Find My Past’ is a major genealogical, ten part series for the Yesterday Channel: three ordinary people find out how they are linked to one iconic moment in British history through their ancestors. The U.K. program was sponsored by Brightsolid, a company that has since been re-named and now operates both findmypast.co.uk and findmypast.com.
You can find more about Lion Television’s U.K. program at http://www.liontv.com/London/Productions/Find-My-Past.