Celebrity ancestry is granted another year of life — TLC has announced that the unscripted series will be given a second season on its network, upping its order from the initial eight to ten episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Its current season averages 1.8 million viewers in first runs, and concludes tonight with the affable Emmy winner Jim Parsons of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.
Though series orders from this particular network are usually more noteworthy for their odd nature — after all, this is the same TLC behind My Strange Addiction, 19 Kids and Counting, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Extreme Couponing/Cheapskates/Cougar Wives, among others — this pickup announcement reflects the successful decision to revive the reality show from the cutting room floor of NBC, cancelled after three star-studded seasons. Despite featuring Lisa Kudrow (NBC’s Friends, Showtime’s Web Therapy) as executive producer, Who Do You Think You Are? was fatally slotted on Fridays at 8pm — a notorious chopping block, even for shows with the most loyal audiences.
Nevertheless, the rescue and renewal follows the buzzworthy revival of FOX’s Arrested Development on Netflix, and the controversial transfer of The Game from UPN/The CW to BET. With each network considering their investment a ratings success, it begs the question of whether the upcoming slew of fall season premieres — and inevitable cancellations, because nobody can care about that many network comedies — is actually a catalog for cable network pickups.
— Ashley Lee