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TLC brings NBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' back from the grave

Date May 21, 2013

By Jethro Nededog

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky-produced celebrity genealogy series, "Who Do You Think You Are?," can add a new branch to its family tree.

TLC has picked up the former NBC documentary series for eight new one-hour episodes set to premiere on July 23. Production is already underway.

"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 executive producer Kudrow in a statement. "TLC is a great home for the series, and we join our excited celebrity participants as we unearth some amazing background and surprising histories."

Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, and Zooey Deschanel are among the stars who will track their family's lineage on the upcoming season.

"'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," said TLC general manager Amy Winter.

"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. Our audience will join them on this emotional journey as they learn never-before-known details about their own lives."

Produced by Shed Media U.S. and Kudrow and Bucatinsky's Is or Isn't Entertainment, the new season will include all the elements the show's fans have fallen in love with, including its close association with Ancestry.com. The sponsor will provide research on each of the featured celebrities. It is based on a British series from Wall to Wall and Alex Graham, which aired on BBC.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" aired for three seasons on NBC before the network canceled it last May. Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Blaire Underwood, Sara Jessica Parker and Paula Deen are among those who appeared on the show's NBC run.

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