Reality shows have been around now for awhile, but they are still as popular as ever, and still putting a dent in the greatness of scripted television. NBC is in need of some filler but is the latest reality show exactly filler or something far more interesting….
“Who Do You Think You Are?” premieres Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET) and gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities. Among the celebrities featured are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith. Ancestry.com is NBC’s official partner on the series. From executive producer Kudrow (“Friends,” “The Comeback”) – in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment and the U.K.’s Wall to Wall productions – “Who Do You Think You Are?” is an adaptation of the hit BBC television documentary series created and executive-produced by Alex Graham.
Who Do You Think You Are? is one of those projects that has been sitting on the shelf. It was announced way back in May 2008 and since has been pushed, and pushed, therefore I did not have very high hopes in it. When NBC sent all seven episodes I decided to pop one in to see what it was like. Seven hours later I was hooked and there was no more. I know I will be in the minority on this with the critics, but “Who” is a surprisingly sweet, compelling, and intellectual celebrity show, and the celebrities are likable and warming on screening especially the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, and Brooke Shields.
Other stars including the executive producer Lisa Kudrow is feautred in my favorite installment. She along with all the other celebs passionatly want to know more about their ancestory and are not just doing this for the camera. In Susan’s case she has been looking for information on her grandmother for years and she finally finds something that is so close to home it is scary.
The celebrities are the host and they really make or break the episode and in every episode from Spike Lee to Emmitt all do a fine job in convey their own personal history that is connected to the Salem Witches, royals, and war vets. If I were you I would want to learn theirs, and they maybe check out your own.
Who Do You Think You Are is based on the british phenomenon and airs tonight at 8/7c for seven weeks on NBC!