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'Who Do You Think You Are?' Preview: Genealogy Shows Are All the Rage

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 5th 2010 12:00PM
Lisa Kudrow Who Do You Think You AreIt's all relative on the new NBC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' which premieres tonight at 8PM ET. Despite its potentially combative title, the show is not about parents dealing with their children's backtalk.

Produced by Lisa Kudrow and based on the British documentary series of the same name, the show follows seven celebrities -- including Kudrow herself, Brooke Shields, football great Emmitt Smith, Matthew Broderick and Susan Sarandon -- as they consult historians and genealogy experts in an attempt to unearth their own family trees.Lisa Kudrow Who Do You Think You AreIt's all relative on the new NBC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' which premieres tonight at 8PM ET. Despite its potentially combative title, the show is not about parents dealing with their children's backtalk.

Produced by Lisa Kudrow and based on the British documentary series of the same name, the show follows seven celebrities -- including Kudrow herself, Brooke Shields, football great Emmitt Smith, Matthew Broderick and Susan Sarandon -- as they consult historians and genealogy experts in an attempt to unearth their own family trees.

Check out this promo, which reveals how shocked Sarah Jessica Parker was to discover that one of her forebears was a participant in the Salem Witch Trials. The clip also shows that one's roots go beyond just hair (and skin) color, as seen when director Spike Lee drops by a Caucasian woman's house and announces that they're cousins.



Finding one's ancestry has been popular of late. PBS also aired a show called 'Faces of America,' which tracked the genealogy of other famous Americans including Stephen Colbert, chef Mario Batali, Meryl Streep and gold-medal winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

And much like these other celebrities' ancestries, the stars featured on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' discover that their descendants' stories are often tied to significant historical events, from the battle at Gettysburg to the Holocaust to the African slave trade. This series appears to be an inspiring, illuminating look at individual's histories as they relate to the human fabric as a whole. Watch Lisa Kudrow learn a disturbing fact from her father about their family's involvement in World War II.



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