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Vanessa Williams Previews 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

by Pat Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2011 11:45AM
Vanessa WilliamsThe acclaimed alternative series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' is back for season 2 tonight (8PM ET, NBC), kicking off with 'Ugly Betty' and 'Desperate Housewives' actress Vanessa Williams.

In its first season, the show followed executive producer Lisa Kudrow; actors Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields and Susan Sarandon; director Spike Lee; and former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith as they traced their family trees on personal journeys of self-discovery.

In season 2, celebrities undertaking genealogical searches will include country superstar Tim McGraw, actors Steve Buscemi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Kim Cattrall, talk show host / comedian Rosie O'Donnell and singer Lionel Richie.

Williams told TV Squad she decided to search her late father's ancestry so she could redefine her idea of what it's meant to be free.

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Networks compete for UK's Who Do You Think You Are?

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 6th 2006 12:32PM
Julia SawalhaMajor U.S. networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, along with Discovery, History and National Geographic channels, have all shown interest in acquiring the rights to the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

The popular UK series focuses on the subject of genealogy. The potential U.S. version, much like the UK one, would follow a different celebrity guest each week as he or she uncovered his or her family history. (That's Julia Sawalha of Ab Fab and Press Gang pictured to the right during her WDYTYA episode.)

Who Do You Think You Are? has a spanky website that can help you get started on the hunt for your own ancestors.

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