NBC has picked up a version
of the hit BBC television show "Who Do You Think You Are?
" which traces the roots of celebrity family trees. Each episode takes viewers on an emotional, personal journey into the past of a well-known celebrity, revealing the struggles, successes, and yes, intrigue (it is television after all), faced by their ancestors. Former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow is said to be the new co-host of the show. In the UK version of the show, celebrities are often moved to tears as they learn about their ancestor's hardships and triumphs.
It has been reported that the series is contingent upon finding a suitable celebrity cast. Producers at NBC are researching the family trees of several interested celebrity candidates to see if their stories are compelling enough to make the show a hit. I applaud this opportunity to introduce more people to the fascination and excitement of genealogy research, although I can only hope that the producers temper the sensationalism with good, solid genealogical research.