NBC TV has just revealed the roster of celebrities for the second season of its genealogical search series, "Who Do You Think You Are." Eight A-list entertainers will be featured on the reality TV show, which premieres again on Friday, February 4th (8:00 p.m. ET).
The 2011 cast for "Who Do You Think You Are" includes Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Ashley Judd, Tim McGraw, Rosie O'Donnell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lionel Richie and Vanessa Williams.
The new season of "Who Do You Think You Are" follows this octet of notable personalities (examining one celebrity per episode), tracing family histories and perhaps unveiling proverbial skeletons in their clan closets. Throughout the 2011 stretch, the genealogical stories are supposed to take viewers to several key points in human history, including the American Civil War.
What is "Who Do You Think You Are"?A documentary series focusing on genealogy, "Who Do You Think You Are" is a popular ancestry search program. Produced by Lisa Kudrow (of NBC's "Friends"), "Who Do You Think You Are" is based on an award-winning British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television series with the same title.
"I've been a fan of the U.K. version of "Who Do You Think You Are?" for a long time, so it's very rewarding that the U.S. version is back with more compelling stories this season that are illuminating, touching and aspirational," said producer Lisa Kudrow. "This is such a unique show for network television, and we're all thrilled that the American audience has embraced it."
Previously airing on Tuesday evenings (now moving to Fridays), "Who Do You Think You Are" focuses on a new celebrity each week, as that notable seeks out his or her own genealogical background. The series is a joint effort by Ancestry.com and NBC Entertainment.
The first season of "Who Do You Think You Are," opened on March 5, 2010, and featured Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith.
During the seven-episode series, participating celebrities experienced a few surprises, as they uncovered their own ancestral backgrounds. For example, actress Sarah Jessica Parker learned that one of her forbears was part of the infamous Salem witch trials in 17th Century Massachusetts.
NBC TV renewed the series in April 2010, signing on for the second season.
A similar program, also labeled "Who Do You Think You Are" (and also based on the original BBC series), was launched in 2007 on public television in Australia.
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