Eight New Episodes of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' to Premiere July 23 on TLC

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May 22nd, 2013


via press release:


All-new episodes, helmed by EPs Lisa Kudrow & Dan Bucatinsky, set to premiere July 23


TLC has ordered all-new episodes of the fan-favorite reality series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?, with production already underway, the network announced today. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the series famously takes celebrities on a journey into their personal histories, mining their surprising pasts to reveal unknown details about themselves and their families. The series opens the doors to the fascinating real life stories of some of the most well known names in America, sharing how the eye-opening revelations they uncover about their backgrounds impact their lives today.


TLC has ordered 8 new hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated series, produced by Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment, which are set to premiere July 23. Celebrities such as Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, and Chris O’Donnell have signed up for the emotional journey, with additional subjects to be announced. Each discovers amazing details about their family trees’ deep roots.


“WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? is at home on TLC, going beyond these famous names and revealing the hidden backstories of today’s biggest celebrities. We hand-picked these contributors because they are real, down-to-earth individuals who have a deep passion for family, which is central to our brand,” said Amy Winter, GM, TLC. “Our audience will join them on this emotional journey as they learn never-before-known details about their own lives.”


“I’ve never stopped hearing about how much people love WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?, and I’ve always known that we’ve had more great stories to share,” said Lisa Kudrow, Executive Producer. “TLC is a great home for the series, and we join our excited celebrity participants as we unearth some amazing background and surprising histories,” added Executive Producer Dan Bucatinsky.


Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, is teaming up TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry.com provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities, which is used to build out the story of each episode.


WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Is produced for TLC by Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment. The series is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham.


About TLC

TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC has built successful consumer brands around series including Cake Boss, and has transformed Fridays into “BrideDay” with a lineup of wedding-themed programming anchored by the Say Yes To The Dress franchise. In 2012, TLC had 28 series averaging 1 million P2+ viewers or more, including four series that averaged 2 million P2+ viewers or more: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Breaking Amish, Long Island Medium, and Sister Wives.


TLC is available in more than 99 million homes in the US and more than 227 million households in nearly 150 markets internationally. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites, exclusive video content, and original editorial covering style, home, food, and more. Fans can also interact with TLC via On Demand services, on mobile platforms, and through social media such as Facebook or @TLC on Twitter. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.

  • BenA

    Was that a similar show like that on NBC last year? Sorry, if it’s a stupid question.

  • r0ckmypants

    @BenA – It’s the same show, actually. NBC canceled it, and now TLC is bringing it back.

  • DanaK

    It’s a good show, especially if you are interested in family and overall history. Thanks to TLC for bringing it back

  • BenA

    Thank You @r0ckmypants

  • Lori

    Interesting Zooey Deschanel is doing one. Wonder if that means Emily will pop up too.

  • Stop the Flop

    Does TLC put their shows online? I loved watching the show when it was on NBC and I don’t have cable anymore.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Wow. I thought this was gone for good. Glad to see it back.

  • Mike

    Glad to see this back. Thanks TLC.

  • Mark

    That’s good to see that TLC is FINALLY putting on some quality programs. I really enjoyed this show and can’t wait to see it again.

  • Josh

    Seems like a good fit on TLC. They know how to do the biographical-reality series format and I would imagine it matches their core demo well.

  • The Watcher

    Fun show, glad it will be back.

    I like it because there’s no singing, dancing, dead bodies, explosions or idiots screaming at one another.

  • SG

    So HAPPY to see this show return! It’s Lisa Kudrow’s baby.

  • Mika02

    I’m so excited I loved the show and was sad when NBC didn’t see the value in it. I wish they would do regular people. Also Lori I know when Rasheeda Jones (Quincy’s Daughter) was in an episode her sister Kidada (sp) didn’t appear at all so Emily might not be involved.

  • Rich

    Yes! Just wish it were more than eight episodes. It always did well on Friday nights. NBC was stupid to let it go.

  • tomsman

    YES! We’ll take what we can get. We loved this show! Thanks, TLC!

  • Maryah526

    To TLC and Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky – THANK YOU SO MUCH! I look forward to watching the new season.

  • Jay

    Glad to see it back. Hope they realise the more interesting eps are the ones where there’s an element of mystery, not the ones where they try and tie the person to some important historical figure through tenuous links..

  • Priscilla Sharp

    Yay!! This is so exciting! Thank you, TLC!

  • Marie Kay

    Thank you, TLC! I was absolutely heartbroken to hear the series was dropped. I am counting the days until it begins! YAY!!!!

  • Carol

    Soooo happy this is back. Good for TLC !! Missed the first couple episodes tho’ ;((

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