The U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will Return, this Time on NBC

The following is a press release from NBC:

Hit Documentary Series Produced by Ancestry(R) and Shed Media Returns with All New Episodes

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 6, 2019 – The Emmy Award-winning documentary series “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns to celebrate all new journeys of self-discovery, connection and diversity on NBC with 13 episodes. A new group of celebrities will celebrate culture and set sail on their mission to connect with their personal history.

From executive producers Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, the series returns to NBC at a time when ancestral and genealogical exploration is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Cutting-edge research tools and billions of digitized records from Ancestry will provide remarkable insights into the star’s background and illustrate the cultural mosaic that connects us all together.

“Dan and I could not possibly be happier to be back at NBC where we get to work with Paul Telegdy, George Cheeks and Meredith Ahr. It honestly feels like we’re back home,” said executive producer Lisa Kudrow.

“Now, more than ever, people are looking to connect with their ancestry to uncover a deeper understanding of who they are,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We’re excited to once again travel around the world with some of our favorite celebrities as they get answers and surprises about family members who came before them.”

Each week a different celebrity will go on a poignant search to trace their family tree with the help of historians and experts, unlocking past mysteries and unbelievable real-life stories across the world and through time.

“Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, along with our team at Shed Media, have made ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ not only a great television show but a genre-defining brand. We are thrilled to come back home to NBC. It couldn’t be a more perfect fit,” said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.

“Who Do You Think You Are” will be produced by Shed Media and Is or Isn’t Entertainment. Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Pam Healey and Stephanie Schwam will executive produce.

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 3 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites with an extensive collection of over 20 billion records and nearly 15 million people in the AncestryDNA network. Since 1996, users have created over 100 million family trees and 11 billion ancestor profiles on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA(R), Archives(R), AncestryProGenealogists(R),Newspapers.com(TM) and Fold3(R). AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com Holdings LLC.

15 Comments

yes…WHEN? What time??

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I love learning the different avenues for finding information on my own ancestors.

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Please don’t recycle celebrities that have been on other genealogy shows!

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Great but again, “when and what time…?”

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From the tone of the article it’s pretty clear to me that they have committed to bringing the program back but they haven’t scheduled it yet.

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barbara2raleigh May 8, 2019 at 8:26 am

Per the Hollywood Reporter “a premiere date and celebrity participants will be announced later.”

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From https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/who-do-you-think-you-are-returns-nbc-7-year-absence-1207894
“The new season will run 13 episodes; a premiere date and celebrity participants will be announced later.”

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It seems that only celebrities are worthy of genealogical searches by professionals. Why not the ordinary Tom, Dick, Harry, Jane, Judy and Alice?

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I hope you will consider having a contest/drawing to choose someone who is not a celebrity to have their ancestry done on a future program. I believe it would create a greater audience for you.

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Paula Kelley Ward May 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Why don’t they tell the date and time??? This is so frustrating – the same thing happens with my favorite show, “Finding Your Roots” on PBS. Always the announcements without the dates or time!!! I realize that local PBS stations are responsible for their programming, but still, why not provide a way to find out the date and time???

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    —> Why don’t they tell the date and time???

    I believe it is because the date and time have not yet been set. I suspect the show’s producers don’t yet know when the videotaping and editing will be completed. Once the program is finalized, they should be able to find a date and time slot, but not until then.

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Has this show been scheduled or not? I have been looking for it since the announcement.

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