TV tonight: TLC revives NBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

TLC actually airs a show worth watching

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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.


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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?


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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

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.

8:30 p.m.

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.

9 p.m.

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.

9:30 p.m.

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.

10 p.m.

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.

Basic cable:

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:

8 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

All About Steve on FXM

Won’t Back Down on HBO

The Campaign on MOMAX

Here Comes the Boom on STARZ

Later tonight:

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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