This spring brings more genealogy than ever before to American prime time television with shows on both NBC and PBS.
Premiering on Friday, February 3 (8-9:00 p.m. Eastern) is the third season of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, based on the award-winning hit British television documentary series of the same name. Promising to take us from "Ireland's freedom fighters to the American Revolutionary War, and from the African nation of Cameroon to Bulgaria," this season includes the biggest celebrity lineup to date: Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rashida Jones, Jerome Bettis, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen.
PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. are back with another genealogy show as well. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will premier on Sunday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m. with a 10-part series promising to delve into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans. The named celebrities include Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren.
It's an exciting time to be a genealogist!