Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Celebrity Geneology

Finally, some reality television with a reasonbly intelligent and emotional component, albeit celebrity, produced by Lisa Kudrow, to get the show on the Networks. Looks like the heritage stories on Who do You Think You Are, to be aired on NBC starting March 5 at 8 p.m. EST, weigh heavily on African American and Jewish heritage, (Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Brooke Shields). Comparing the NBC Website preview to the geneology program PBS has been airing, Faces of America, it's like Hollywood vs. Harvard. The New York Post called Faces of America "a cheek-swab 'Charlie Rose Show.' " An examplary must-listen: American doctor and son of Turkish immigrants Mehmet Oz, as he explains the secular and religious in Turkey and his affinity for the mysticism of Sufi Islam. His wife also is interested in mysticism as a "Swedenborg" Protestant, he says. Faces of America airs Wednesdays on PBS through March 3 from 8 - 9 p.m. EST on PBS, and you can watch the first two episodes online, as well as some interesting video outtakes ... Queen Noor of Jordan, chef Mario Battali and more.

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