Friday, February 26, 2010

RATE IT! Voyage of Discovery

I've been waiting and waiting -- not very patiently, mind you -- for NBC's television debut of the worldwide genealogy franchise, 'Who Do You Think You Are.'

Now after over a year's wait, the Lisa Kudrow (yep, 'Friends' Phoebe) produced series is about to launch on March 5 in North America. Much like the UK original, the American 'Who Do You Think You Are' delves into the family trees of famous folk -- in this case, Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Brooke Shields, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith and Lisa Kudrow herself. Will the celebs be shocked at the newly revealed skeletons in their plush closets? Will there be tears? Please?! The UK version ALWAYS has tears -- even if they're just mine! I'm a sucker for people learning who they really, truly are!

Genealogy is a hard slog chock full of details and confusing twists, turns and horrible brick walls (I'm currently stuck with my English side) but it's also one of the most fulfilling hobbies one can take on. I fully recommend it -- and hopefully the same can be said for NBC's turn at 'Who Do You Think You Are.' Heck, its pedigree is pretty impressive!

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