Friday, January 15, 2010

They Come in Threes

Some people believe that bad things come in threes. Some, good things. But what about TV shows featuring people learning about their ancestors? Do those come in threes also?

Faces of America

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” is a 4-part miniseries featuring twelve celebrities. “Faces” debuts Wednesday, 10 February 2010 on PBS. Celebrities include Yo-Yo Ma, Eva Longoria Parker, Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert, and Kristi Yamaguchi.

To see a preview, click on the video above, or view the video on YouTube.

The Generations Project

Last Monday, 14 January 2010, FamilySearch’s Jay Verkler invited members of the genealogical community, assembled for FGS board meetings and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, to attend a special luncheon. One topic covered was a new series from BYU TV, “The Generations Project.” This series departs from the formula by featuring the ancestry of ordinary people like you and me.

Several episodes have already aired, and more are scheduled (see list below). Episodes can be watched on BYU TV Monday nights on BYU TV or online at BYU Broadcasting.

Alternative content

View the Lumina episode above, or click here to view it online.

Who Do You Think You Are

At the Ancestry.com Bloggers Day, Andrew Wait swore us to secrecy and told us that NBC was days away from announcing the debut date for the eagerly anticipated American version of the popular BBC television series, “Who Do You Think You Are.” The show will premiere Friday, 5 March 2010 from 8 to 9 pm ET on NBC.

With any luck, NBC will have officially announced the show before you read this. Wait told us that celebrities announced for the show are Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Susan Sarandon. He mentioned several others stars, but I can’t mention any of them until the network releases the information.

UPDATE NOTE: The announcement came Thursday afternoon, so I’m not in trouble (anymore).

This isn’t the first time NBC has scheduled this series. (See this report.) If they postpone it again, they may have to rename it to, “When Do You Think ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ Is.”

Then we’ll know if three announcements was good or bad.

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