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Gwyneth Paltrow Uncovers a Kabbalah Master in Her Ancestry on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 12:08AM
Gwyneth Paltrow, 'Who Do You Think You Are?'Gwyneth Paltrow has come to appreciate Kabbalah and practices it in her life. What she didn't know is that her family has a connection to it dating back many generations, as revealed on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC).

Tracing back along her father's family line, she came to a surprise. Her great-great-great grandfather, Tzvi Hirsch, was a rabbi. Even more than that, he was a master of Kabbalah.

In her journey a book was uncovered, written by the rabbi's son. In it, he details a story of a fire that erupted in the town.

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Lionel Richie Felt Unnerved And Empowered by His Ancestry on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 1:30AM
Lionel Richie, 'Who Do You Think You Are?'"It was a brutal time," Lionel Richie said of the era of slavery in this country. And because of that brutality, the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC) team wasn't able to definitively trace his lineage back. But they did find a pivotal figure and an important document.

"Dr. Morgan Brown says that Mariah should be freed from slavery. And then he goes on to say, once her unborn child is born, that he should be freed." It seemed implicit that this man could well have been the father of that unborn child.

"For Doc Morgan or for Morgan W. to even think for a moment to protect what was his was just the greatest gift," Richie said.

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Kim Cattrall Discovers Her Grandfather Secretly Remarried, Had Another Family (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 28th 2011 6:45AM
Kim Cattrall on 'Who Do You Think You Are'Kim Cattrall has always wondered what happened to her grandfather. He abandoned Cattrall's mother, two aunts and grandmother in 1938. They never legally divorced, and he was never seen or heard from again.

With the assistance of professionals on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC), Cattrall receives a copy of a marriage certificate in the mail. It's his -- and dated 1939. "Son of a b---h," says Cattrall. "I knew he was gutsy, but this is just... Now he's a criminal."

The certificate proves that not only did he remarry within a year of leaving his family, he flagrantly violated the laws against bigamy. "[He] didn't change his name or his profession -- incredibly cocksure of himself that he wouldn't be found out," notes Cattrall. "[We] found out now." And the 'Sex and the City' actress goes on to discover he had four more children with his second wife.

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NBC Renews 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'The Sing Off'

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 22nd 2011 6:05PM
NBC Renews 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'The Sing Off'In a not-so-surprising move, NBC has renewed its three biggest reality/alternative programs: 'The Biggest Loser,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'The Sing Off' for the 2011-2012 TV season.

"Alternative series such as these three bona fide hits are important not only to their loyal audiences but also as strong components of the NBC schedule," Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, said in a statement. "They are each unique, attention-getting shows with terrific producing and talent auspices, and we're proud to be associated with them."

'The Biggest Loser' has been on NBC since 2004 in a few different incarnations. From 'Couples' to 'Families,' the series has been a strong performer for the Peacock network. Next season 'Loser' will not feature trainer Jillian Michaels.

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'Who Do You Think You Are?': Rosie O'Donnell Discovers the Strength and Struggles of Her Irish Ancestors (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 20th 2011 11:19PM
Rosie O'Donnell, 'Who Do You Think You Are?'Rosie O'Donnell has known many ups and downs in her life, from the loss of her mother to cancer when Rosie was 11, through her successes in school and into the entertainment industry.

She's had as many ups as downs since becoming famous, but all of her own struggle was set aside when she learned her family history on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC).

"It doesn't diminish my own suffering, but it's not any longer the focal point of my existence," she said after visting a workhouse where her grandfather and his family lived in poverty before fleeing to Canada. "I think that's a gift."

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Tim McGraw Learns His Ancestor Migrated with Elvis Presley's Family (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 14th 2011 7:10AM
Tim McGraw on 'Who Do You Think You Are'Tim McGraw -- who grew up poor in Louisiana, sold all his possessions and headed to Nashville for a new life -- discovered one of his German ancestors did a similar thing -- many, many generations before him.

On 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC), the country music star learned that his eighth great-grandfather, Johan Jost Hayd, emigrated to America at age 24 and worked hard for a better quality of life, first for the British Navy and then as a farmer. Eventually he became one of the largest landowners in Virginia at the time.

The geneagoly expert had more news: A family by the name of "Preslar" was in Hayd's migration group. The last name was later changed to "Presley" -- as in Elvis. "His ancestors were traveling with your ancestors to America," the expert told McGraw. The singer chuckled and said, "Maybe they were jammin' [together], you know, on the boat on the way over!"

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Vanessa Williams Discovers Ancestors Who Broke Barriers (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 7th 2011 7:30AM
Vanessa Williams on 'Who Do You Think You Are'On 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC), archivists hunted through 19th century documents to reveal inspiring truths about Vanessa Williams' ancestry. One great-grandfather was never enslaved and volunteered in the 26th Colored Infantry during the Civil War.

Her great-great grandfather was one of the first African American representatives in the Tennessee state legislature. Reading from a tribute found in the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Williams said, "'He has bequeathed them a legacy more precious than gold, more imperishable than monumental brass -- a spotless name.' He sounds a lot like my dad," the actress said, tearing up. "It just makes me so proud of the men that I am descended from and the family that I come from."

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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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Tim McGraw, Steve Buscemi Search for Their Roots on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 15th 2010 7:25AM

Lisa KudrowNBC'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."

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Spike Lee Meets a Surprising Relative (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 2nd 2010 9:15PM
Spike Lee Meets a Surprising RelativeDirector Spike Lee has spent his career creating movies that discuss race and politics in America. But now, on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC), Lee learns some unusual secrets about his own family history. He discovers that he may have a white ancestor -- and that he may be related to slave owners.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Lisa Kudrow Returns to Primetime Comedy at Showtime

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 22nd 2010 9:15AM
Courteney Cox is whooping it up in 'Cougar Town,' Matthew Perry is shooting a pilot that may find him joining her at ABC, Matt LeBlanc is returning to the tube at Showtime, and now, Lisa Kudrow is joining her 'Friends' in a return to primetime comedy.

Showtime has reportedly picked up Kudrow's online series 'Web Therapy,' in which she plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who gives her patients advice via a Webcam. The dark comedy revolves around the very self-interested Fiona, who thinks three minutes of Web therapy is better than 50 minutes of in-person therapy, since, to her way of thinking, regular sessions mostly consist of patients going off on irrelevant tangents.

Fiona hopes her online sessions can spark a worldwide revolution in how people seek psychiatric care, and her motives to build her brand are usually evident in her interactions with her patients.

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Lisa Kudrow and Ellen Talk Family on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 20th 2010 9:40PM
Lisa Kudrow and Ellen Talk Family on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'Ellen DeGeneres has previously discovered some surprising information about her family tree -- she's related to pop singer Madonna, of all people. But today, on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), guest Lisa Kudrow arrived to give DeGeneres even more unexpected details.

Watch the video after the jump.

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NBC Renews 'Marriage Ref' and Two Other Shows You Don't Care About

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 5th 2010 5:31PM
Marriage Ref
To paraphrase a Jerry Seinfeld routine, what's the deal with NBC? Here's the latest: they have given the green light to another season of three new shows: the celeb-filled 'Marriage Ref,' the Guy Fieri game show 'Minute To Win It,' and Lisa Kudrow's genealogy reality show 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Yup, all three shows will be back on your TV come this fall.

Is it too late to ask Jay Leno to come back to the 10PM slot?

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NBC Renews 'Marriage Ref,' 'Minute to Win It,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 5th 2010 5:14PM
The Marriage RefNBC is in it to win it -- at least when it comes to reality television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock network has re-upped its entire unscripted midseason lineup, handing out second seasons to 'The Marriage Ref,' 'Minute to Win It' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?', respectively. NBC will also add three new episodes to 'Ref''s (Thursdays at 10PM) current season, which with DVR numbers has averaged about 7.2 million viewers.

Season 2 will run for 13 episodes and is expected to premiere sometime next season.

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Brooke Shields Discovers That She's Related to Kings (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 4th 2010 10:14PM
Brook Shields Is Related to KIngs on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'''Who Do You Think You Are?' (Fri., 8 PM on NBC) is devoted to tracing the family tree of celebrities. The series has given us several surprises so far (including the fact that Matthew Broderick's ancestor was a World War I hero). But on the latest episode, Brooke Shields gets what may be the biggest shock of all: She's related to a king of France!

Watch the video after the jump.

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