Archive for March 4th, 2011


What I’m Watching: Who Do You Think You Are?

I am digging this show Who Do You Think You Are?

In its second season, each week this show takes a different celebrity guest (I know, this is usually where I stop reading too, but bear with me) and takes them on a journey to uncover secrets about their own family history. The editors of this show are brilliant — they manage to take celebrities I don’t give a squat about and craft a compelling one-hour narrative where I follow them along in the desperate hopes of uncovering a truth about their lives. No other show ever made could possibly make me care about Kim Catrall, let alone her grandfather, much less get pissed off at him for walking out on his wife and kids.

Look, the show is a glorified commercial for, I know that. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting to watch. There are so many people in our country today who don’t have the slightest clue where they came from and what their true heritage is, and even worse, don’t care. If this show compels a few of them to find out a little about that, then it’s worthwhile. Honestly, I think they could grab random people off the street and have them take this journey instead of celebrities and it would be just as compelling, if not more so. But right now I’m watching Lionel Ritchie trace the life of his great-grandfather and I’m totally drawn in. That’s pretty damn impressive.

March 2011

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