TLC Renews Who Do You Think You Are? and Long Lost Family for Additional Seasons

The following announcement was written by the folks at TLC:

TLC announced today that the network has ordered additional seasons of the fan favorite series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? and freshman series LONG LOST FAMILY. The most recent seasons of both series averaged over 1.8M P2+ viewers.

Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the two time Emmy-nominated WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? follows some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. The most recent seasons have featured Bryan Cranston, who uncovered an ancestor’s heroic dedication during the Civil War, and Molly Ringwald, who learned about the dangerous conditions her coal-mining ancestors endured.

LONG LOST FAMILY features the highly emotional and touching stories of people who have suffered a lifetime of separation from their family members. The series reunites those separated by adoption, uncovers secrets behind unsolved mysteries, and helps individuals answer lifelong questions. This past season reunited several family members in emotional meetings, including a mother and a daughter who actually worked together and did not realize they were related. The series is hosted by Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner, who uniquely share their own stories of adoption while leading others in their own family discoveries.

Ancestry, the leading provider of online family history data and personal DNA testing, is teaming up with TLC again as a sponsor of the upcoming seasons for both series. As part of the sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research to help make discoveries possible on both series.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? is produced for TLC by Shed Media and Is or Isn’t Entertainment, and is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham. LONG LOST FAMILY is produced for TLC by Shed Media, and is based on the format entitled Find My Family/Spoorloos devised by KRO-NCRV, distributed by Lineup Industries.

About TLC
Offering remarkably relatable real-life stories without judgment, TLC shares everyday heart, humor, hope, and human connection with programming genres that include fascinating families, heartwarming transformations, and life’s milestone moments. In 2015, TLC was a top 10 cable network with women and had 26 series averaging 1 million P2+ viewers or more.

TLC is a global brand available in more than 92 million homes in the US and 332 million households in 186 markets internationally. A destination online, offers in-depth fan sites and exclusive original video content. Fans can also interact with TLC through social media on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and @TLC on Twitter as well as On Demand services, YouTube and mobile platforms. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in 220 countries and territories.


Love the show. Oh!, if we could only get them to put a disclaimer on the screens that newby genealogists may get different results when they go to Ancestry, or go to an archive to do research. Perhaps they could put the total cost of research and travel for each famous person at the bottom of the disclaimer. Why not introduce a little actuality into the t.v. world of truthiness?


    And a disclaimer that using only information from Ancestry DNA, without third party tools such as Chromosome Browsers, may be suspect and lead to some very wrong conclusions.


Scheduling conflicts always prevented me from watching the last few seasons, and I can’t figure out how to catch up (not on Demand, and not sure who carries it among the “streaming” brands, like Hulu). If anyone can advise? Thanks.


I agree with the above comment: in fact, to extend it a bit, I find the show a little too “smoothed” with respect to leaving lessons for newby genealogists in other ways. Rarely is a likely “false positive” family member found by using Ancestry databases, but almost instantly the right relative. In addition, celebrities don’t seem to very often be given copies of the research done for them, and they don’t carry notebooks or other tools to take down notes of what they’ve learned. And of course, celebrities need to travel to the primary source site more often than not, when sometimes it seems likely that the same information could be retrieved by another Ancestry already computerized database. Also glaring is that both authorities and celebrities sometimes handle several hundred year old original documents without gloves to preserve those documents!


    Re gloves – consensus among archivists appears to be that gloves actually pose more of a threat than protect stuff. One reason is that people’s fingers are not used to handling documents while wearing gloves, so they are clumsy and more likely to rip paper than without. It’s also said that parchment actually benefits from the oils in our skin.

    Photos are another matter entirely, where gloves are pretty mandatory.

    Why not simply take the advice of the archivists? I suspect many would love to create a stir if big business television mishandled documents contrary to advice. But they seem relaxed.


I think in the UK version of WDYTYA we see a little more visiting of archives – although the research is obviously staged (the bookmarks are very obvious).

In some BBC nature documentaries we sometimes get a final 10 minute segment showing how the documentary was made. (This segment may be left out of versions distributed worldwide to make room for adverts.) Something similar for WDYTYA would be useful.

Ancestry is also missing a trick by not doing more to show the research behind each episode – or is it an uncomfortable fact that Ancestry is not the whole answer?


Some U.S. episodes are also on YouTube:


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