Tim McGraw, Steve Buscemi Search for Their Roots on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'
NBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' returns for Season 2 next month with a new crop of celebrities trying to unearth their family histories.
According to the Associated Press, NBC said Tuesday that the group includes Tim McGraw, Steve Buscemi, Ashley Judd, Vanessa Williams, Rosie O'Donnell and Kim Cattrall.
The show, which is based on the hit British show of the same name, is billed as "an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities." Cameras follow the celebrities as they explore their family trees with the help of historians and genealogists.
Actress Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer and researched her own ancestry for the show last season. She said celebrities who take part are eager to find answers about their family history: "It's not just like you show up for a couple hours and you're done. ... It's kind of a commitment. So the people who want to do it are genuinely interested in finding answers to their questions."
As well as Kudrow's journey to uncover the truth about what happened to her family in the Holocaust, episodes last season included Brooke Shields discovering she's descended from European royalty, Spike Lee meeting his Caucasian relatives, and Sarah Jessica Parker learning about an ancestor who took part in the Salem Witch Trials.
Since first airing in the UK in 2004 'Who Do You Think You Are?' has been exported around the world, and there are currently local versions in several countries including Canada, Australia, Ireland and South Africa.
Celebrities who have taken part in the British version include Jerry Springer, Stephen Fry, Rupert Everett, Jeremy Irons and David Tennant. Interestingly enough, Kim Cattrall (who was born in Liverpool, England) has also been featured in the British show. She searched for her mother's family roots in Season 7, so perhaps she'll use the US version to search for her father's family.
'Who Do You Think You Are?' Season 2 will air Fridays, 8PM ET on NBC from Jan.21.