Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Three Genealogy Television Shows

If you haven't already heard, there are three genealogy televisions shows either currently broadcasting or soon to be!

The first one is The Generations Project, which first aired January 4, 2010 on BYU-TV. This is "a new reality series that helps those who have questions about their family history investigate their own identities by walking in the shoes of their ancestors. As they undertake these journeys, they often uncover the hidden identities in family pasts, and come to see that in many cases the best way to know who you are is to know who you came from." Ordinary people are featured on this program, rather than celebrities. In the Spokane area, you can watch this show on Channel 232 on Comcast Cable and Channel 9403 on Dish Network. The Generations Project is aired four times during the week so check your listings. You can also watch the most current episode on their website at http://www.byub.org/thegenerationsproject/. Older episodes will be available to view online starting in April.


The second show also has already begun airing. This is Faces of America, a four-part series hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS.Our local television station, KSPS, threw a bit of a monkey wrench into things when they aired the first episode last Wednesday at 7 PM, instead of 8 PM as it was nationally advertised. The subsequent three episodes will also air at 7 PM on Wednesday nights from February 17th through March 3rd. In this show, Gates "turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans — professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi." Previously aired episodes will be available to watch online every Thursday following the airing at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/facesofamerica/.


And last, but certainly not least, the American version of the British and Canadian genealogy reality series, Who Do You Think You Are? will begin broadcasting on NBC on Friday, March 5th! Seven celebrities (Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith) embark on the journeys of their lives--the quest to discover the genealogical roots of who they are. If the show does well this spring, it is hoped that it will renew for the fall! You can read more about it here.

If you have a Facebook account, you can become a fan of all three shows: The Generations Project, Faces of America, and Who Do You Think You Are? fan pages. And if you're a Twitter user, there are hashtags for two of the shows: #FOA, #wdytya

1 comment:

Charles Hansen said...

BYU TV is channel 232 on the Comcast cable in Spokane and Channel 9403 on Dish Network. They show Generations program 4 times during the week so check your listings. A very interesting program.