WDYTYA – on NBC schedule

I’ve said it before that I have used the upcoming genealogy program “Who Do You Think You Are?” as a running joke. It first was going to be broadcast in April 2009 and then summer of 2009. Then it showed up on NBC web pages as starting in the fall of 2009 but never actually showed on the schedule. NBC is canceling the Jay Leno Show and that leaves 5 hours to fill. There will be a couple new drama shows to fill the spots and others are moving from earlier times to 10 p.m. That leaves some open spots in early evening. One of those spots is being filled by “Who Do You Think You Are?” Really! I’m not kidding this time.

It is on an NBC Press Release that the first episode of WDYTYA will be broadcast at 8 p.m. (eastern) on Friday, March 5th. The WDYTYA website says that “a celebrity embarks on a journey of self-discovery and unearths his or her family tree – revealing surprising, inspiring and sometimes tragic stories that are often linked to events in American history.” The only celebrities mentioned on the website are Lisa Kudrow (who also the producer), Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon, Other non-confirmed celebrities may be Spike Lee, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith.

Meanwhile, the companion book; Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History was originally going to be published on Dec. 31, 2009. Then the published date was moved back to March 15th. Now, the publish date on Amazon shows as April 15th.