WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 —Stop the presses! TLC, (formerly known as The Learning Channel) is actually airing a program that involves learning! “Who Do You Think You Are?” originally aired on NBC for three seasons before the troubled network cancelled the show. The NBC castoff premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on TLC
The only thing more amazing than TLC airing a show worth watching is the fact that NBC dropped “Who Do You Think You Are?” in the first place. While on NBC the show was never a ratings giant, but it had a very respectable average of over five million viewers per episode. In 2012, the year NBC cancelled the show, it was an Emmy nominee. Way to go NBC.
Considering NBC’s current status as fourth in major broadcast network ratings, what was NBC thinking? NBC’s loss is TLC’s gain, because it gives the basic cable network some much needed credibility. For a network that airs garbage like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” reviving “Who Do You Think You Are?” is definitely a step in the right direction.
Each episode features a different celebrity that takes a globe-spanning journey to uncover mysteries about his or her ancestral roots. Tonight’s premiere episode features double-platinum singer Kelly Clarkson who explores her lineage and uncovers an ancestor deeply rooted in American history.
Other celebrities this season include Christina Applegate, Chelsea Handler, Zooey Deschanel, Chris O’Donnell, Jim Parsons, Cindy Crawford and Trisha Yearwood. The fact that these popular celebrities chose to participate in “Who Do You Think You Are?” speaks volumes about the winning concept behind the show.
Who doesn’t want to know more about their family history?
All times are EDT:
ABC: Extreme Weight Loss: (New) Trina, a 46-year-old registered nurse, initially embraces a new healthy lifestyle but ends up gaining weight; fitness guru Richard Simmons helps motivate Trina and her co-workers.
CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) A Navy lieutenant who recently returned home from the Middle East is murdered. Gibbs believes a friend of the victim, a Marine captain suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, may be the key to finding the killer.
FOX: So You Think You an Dance: (Live) The Top 16 finalists compete for America’s votes.
NBC: Hollywood Game Night: (Repeat) Star players are Valerie Bertinelli; Cheryl Hines; Sarah Chalke; Yvette Nicole Brown; Rob Riggle; and Matthew Morrison.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (New) Candice Accola appears.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (Repeat) The improvisational-comedy showcase featuring a panel of talented performers who wing it unscripted and unrehearsed returns. In the opener, Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”) and comedian Gary Anthony Williams appear.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) A retired CIA agent, who was also a millionaire, is murdered. The investigation reveals Hetty may know more about the case than she is willing to acknowledge.
NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) With the contestant pool narrowed down to 60 performers, the live competition begins, and you become the judge.
CW: Perfect Score: (New) Dating rules between two close friends are put to the test.
CW: Perfect Score: (Repeat) Two friends compete for a chance to win a date and cash as they attempt to successfully identify their perfect match from a group of 12 prospects in the series premiere of this dating show. Hosted by Arielle Kebbel.
ABC: Body of Proof: (Repeat) Kate falls for a handsome and mysterious man named Sergei at a political event; when a girl is murdered near the hotel where Kate and Sergei are staying, Kate thinks Sergei may be responsible.
CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) Reese is charged with protecting a Brazilian diplomat’s daughter.
New episodes of:
Pretty Little Liars at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM
Nine for IX at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Deadliest Catch: The Bait at 8 p.m. on DSC
Property Virgins at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV
Mythbusters at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI
The Haves and Have Nots at 9 p.m. on OWN
Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on Life
Covert Affairs at 9 p.m. on USA
Twisted at 9 p.m. on ABCFAM
Rizzoli & Isles at 9 p.m. on TNT
Airport 24/7: Miami at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC
Who Do You Think You Are? At 9 p.m. on TLC
Weird or What? at 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Storage Wars New York at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E
Counting Cars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel
Bang Goes the Theory at 9, 9:40 and 10:20 p.m. on BBC
Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO
Perception at 10 p.m. on TNT
Little People, Big World: Breaking Down the Walls at 10 p.m. on TLC
Pretty Wicked Moms at 10 p.m. on Life
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Catfish: The TV Show at 10 p.m. on MTV
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Shipping Wars at 10 p.m. on A&E
Suits at 10 p.m. on USA
Property Envy at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
Casino Royale on AMC
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 on ENC
The Man Who Wasn’t There on FLIX
The Incredible Hulk on FLIX
The Bourne Legacy on HBO
Risky Business on IFC
The Libertine on SUND
Of Human Bondage on TCM
All About Steve on FXM
Won’t Back Down on HBO
The Campaign on MOMAX
Here Comes the Boom on STARZ
Afterschool at 9:40 p.m. on TMC
Prometheus at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Dead Man at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Save the Date at 10 p.m. on SHO
The Virginity Hit at 10:15 p.m. on IFC
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