Saturday, September 20, 2008

Family History-themed TV

I really don't watch much television these days due to work, writing, speaking engagements and teaching which keep me pretty busy (although I do admit to really liking Mad Men on AMC--up for several Emmy awards tomorrow night...), but, I happened to run across on MSN Entertainment a guide to new Fall shows.

I know many genealogists are anticipating the debut of the American version of the popular Who Do You Think You Are? series slated to run on NBC, but below are a couple of other shows that have a family or family-history theme that will roll out this Fall.

Fall Shows 2008: New Highlights

Sept. 6: "The Locator" (9 p.m., WE)

"In this feel-good unscripted series, Troy Dunn, who was inspired by his own search for his mother's birth parents, helps those in need track down people who have been previously deemed "unfindable." (WE)"

Sept. 30: "Opportunity Knocks" (8 p.m., ABC)

"Rather than building a set on a soundstage for this new game show, the set will come to contestants. Host J.D. Roth will knock on a family's door and invite them to play the game, of which the set will then be erected on their front lawn. Questions are based on how well the family members know each other, with correct answers yielding a new refrigerator rolled right into the kitchen or a new car driven into the garage. The show is executive produced by Ashton Kutcher. (ABC)"

I will be interested to check out both of these shows.



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