The original announcement from TLC was that the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? will return for a new season on February 24th. In checking on the website, WDYTYA–First Look, we learn that the new season will launch on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
The eight new episodes will include celebrities Julie Chen, Angie Harmon, Sean Hayes, and Bill Paxton. Here is the announcement from TLC:
NEW CELEBRITIES GET THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME ON NEW SEASON OF “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” ON TLC
The two-time Emmy nominated series is back with eight new hour-long episodes and a brand new batch of celebrity contributors. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? continues to shed light on the mysterious, and often surprising, family histories of some of America’s famous faces. The season premieres Tuesday, February 24 at 10/9c.
Today TLC announces half of the featured celebrity contributors in the upcoming season, which includes:
· Julie Chen, who brings the series to China for the first time ever and learns about her grandfather’s brave and generous contributions to his country.
· Angie Harmon, who meets a family member she didn’t know existed, and learns that he fought under George Washington.
· Sean Hayes, who travels to Ireland to learn more about his father’s side of the family.
· Bill Paxton, who reads captivating first-hand accounts of wartime battles in which his four times great grandfather was involved, and walks in his footsteps at the site where he fought a battle in the American Revolution.
Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource, is teaming up again with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities, which is used to build out the story of each episode.
Last summer’s season of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? averaged 1.4M P2+ viewers. The series is produced for TLC by Shed Media and Is or Isn’t Entertainment, and is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham. More information can be found at TLC.com/WDYTYA. ‘Like’ Who Do You Think You Are? on Facebook.com/WDYTYA and follow @WDYTYA on Twitter.
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