Monday, February 9, 2009

RATE IT! Who Do You Think You Are USA

As an avid genealogist -- hey, I can't be all kooky products, candy & Manchester United *all* the time -- I am addicted to the fantastically moving TV series, "Who Do You Think You Are." The program launched originally in the UK and spawned relations in Australia, Canada and elsewhere around the globe, featuring celebs in their quest to uncover their ancestry.

Genealogy is one of the most popular past-times, so it's hardly surprising that it's been a huge TV hit worldwide (except in Canada where the CBC brainiacs gave it a crappy, hidden time slot & eventually deemed it too pricey & a ratings loser -- tossers!). Now add the US to the long list of interest parties yearning to climb their family tree! 

Lisa Kudrow -- Phoebe from 'Friends' -- is leading the charge. It's her production company that is behind the US series for NBC. Due to launch on April 20, WDYTYA US has confirmed actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon as subjects. Lisa, herself, will also delve into her past on camera, "the experience went beyond my expectations," she admitted in an interview with Britain's Daily Mail, "it was very moving."

With a pedigree of American celebrities on board, the US version will no doubt be very popular everywhere. Can't wait. In the meantime, season 3 of the UK series was just released on DVD, and is currently living in my machine. A must-see.

(photo: AP Photo)

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