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We the People: New ancestry show to premiere on TLC

Sharon Burns: TLC cable network will premiere a new show July 23 that traces the ancestry of notable figures.
By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Published: July 21, 2014

“Who Do You Think You Are?” will premiere on TLC cable network at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Each week a celebrity will go on a journey to trace his or her family tree.

Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer of the series, which is a partnership between Shed Media, NBC Entertainment and

The season will begin with Cynthia Ellen Nixon. Nixon, born April 9, 1966, is an American actress. She began her acting career in 1979, in the afterschool special “The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid.”

Her Broadway debut was in 1980 in the revival of “The Philadelphia Story.” Other Broadway credits include: “The Real Thing” (1983), “Hurlyburly” (1983), “Indiscretions” (1995), and “The Women” (2001). Her Tony Award winning role was in “Rabbit Hole” (2006) and “Wit” (2012).

The show will also feature Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams, Lauren Graham, Valerie Bertinelli and Kelsey Grammer.

A how-to companion book to the series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” by Megan Smolenyak is available to help viewers research their own roots. For more information about Smolenyak’s book, go to

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