According to this tweet from a man who met up with Kelly Clarkson  in Americus, Georgia this week (he also tweeted a pic of himself with Kelly), Kelly’s been filming a show this week about her family history.  Kelly’s presence in town has also been noted by the local paper.

The show, Who Do You Think You Are, traces celebrity family trees. It ran for three seasons on NBC, featuring stars like Brooke Shields, Gwyneth Paltrow and Spike Lee.  TLC has since picked up the show. I have watched a few episodes and it’s really well produced.  The producers do a really good job of weaving a narrative around the celeb’s family history.

According to the tweeter, Kelly has “family members buried at the pow sight in Andersonville, GA.”

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  • Incipit

    TLC has since picked up the show. I have watched a few episodesand it’s really well produced.  The producers do a really good job of weaving a narrative around the celeb’s family history.

    Cool! I want to see this. If it was on Network TV, that would explain why I never heard of it – but now I have, and it sounds really interesting!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Cool!  I actually enjoyed the handful of episodes I’ve seen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    What, what, WHAT?  I loved that show and was really disappointed when it was cancelled.  I didn’t realize that it had started again.  YAY!

  • milwlovesadam

    I loved loved loved this show! I saw every single one. Am so glad to see it will be back. And with Kelly. Yay!

     

  • Miz

    Very cool! I watched quite a few episodes of that show and they are fascinating. It doesn’t matter what celebrity they do, it is fun for anyone interested in genealogy or history.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    Love this show!! It’s always interesting to see where the journey takes them. Can’t wait to see Kelly’s episode :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I’ve never even heard of the show but reading posts here it seems worth watching. I see they have the episodes online so I will go back and watch them. 

  • usedtobelucy

    Fabulous. Love Who Do You Think You Are. Wish it was still a network show, though. Cause if it were it would mean that Americans — and broadcasters — have more sense than I fear we/they have. lol

  • calliebeckett

    I think I read that the ratings weren’t that great for NBC when it aired on the network.

  • Incipit

    I just looked it up – seems like it ran for three seasons on NBC – 2010 – 2012 – and iTunes has old episodes? 

    Thats a long time for NBC, they used to seem a little trigger happy to me. Looking forward to this!

  • JD

    The show originated in the UK but was never a hit here.  Unless you find out some startling news about the celeb, its kinda snooze fest but if you re a celeb and want a free famliy tree,t hen its good for them…I just wish Kelly would go back to her darker hair; dont really like theblonde look

  • LA944

    I didn’t know TLC picked the show up. I really loved that show and was so sad to hear it was canceled. Can’t wait for Kelly’s epi! I have to find out what the time slot is on TLC.. I know Lisa Kudrow produces it

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    I didn’t realize TLC had picked it up either! That’s great! Will look forward to seeing Kelly’s episode.

  • WhoDat2012

    Being a genealogist, this show is a favorite of mine.  Looking forward to Kelly’s episode!

  • usedtobelucy

    ” I think I read that the ratings weren’t that great for NBC when it aired on the network.”

    Yep, I’m sure they were kinda awful!

    Ratings pluses: celebrities.

    Ratings minuses: no random bloody massacres of people we don’t give a crap about; no grade-school level poop and titty jokes; too cerebral; celebrities not engaging in childish feuds with other celebrities, experiencing nip slips, or dating Taylor Swift.

    Honestly, I wondered how it survived as long as it did. Makes me wonder whether Lisa Kudrow has more clout than one realizes … Although I don’t see why she wouldn’t, with NBC, after the Friends run.

  • WestiesRule

    Glad to hear TLC picked this up. I often use parts of this show as an example when teaching genetics or why history just kind of “falls off” when you are of a certain ethnic group. Or the surprises you get like Brooke Shields finding out she was directly related to the Kings of France when she wasn’t even looking for that. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that tracing one’s ancestry can be fascinating and enlightening, but mainly to that person. Still, I’ll watch Kelly’s episode, because I’m a fan. lol

  • Karen C

    I’m glad TLC picked the show up. It was very interesting, I did used to watch it when it was on NBC.  I think one of the reasons it didn’t do well in the ratings was because it was usually on at 8:00 on Fridays. Glad to see Kelly Clarkson will be on it.  The show also gives a lot of history, too.

  • http://twitter.com/YaminaC YaminaC

    I enjoyed this show way more than I expected to – they manage to weave a lot of history into it – Kelly’s story sounds like it could be a real tear jerker.

  • heartly

    I’ve never watched this show before and I’m curious, do they typically take a deeper look on one side of the family or look at both sides? If it’s only one side, I suspect they’ll focus on her mother’s side as she’s never been real close to her dad.

    Judging by this tweet and one on Thursday saying she was taping, this is the genealogy person that’s helping with Kelly’s story and confirmation that it’s for this show.

    Megan Smolenyak ?@megansmolenyak
    What do Kelly Clarkson and Christina Applegate have in common? Here’s a hint. pic.twitter.com/80QaEKlj5M #genealogy #WDYTYA
    https://twitter.com/megansmolenyak/status/305703879432093697

    http://www.megansmolenyak.com/

  • usedtobelucy

    “I’ve never watched this show before and I’m curious, do they typically
    take a deeper look on one side of the family or look at both sides? If
    it’s only one side, I suspect they’ll focus on her mother’s side as
    she’s never been real close to her dad.”

    It seems to me as if they probably dig around a bit until they find an ancestral trail that a) provides an interesting story — i.e., ties to high-interest or surprising historical events or has compelling stuff in it like marital cheating in the 19th century or murder or betrayal and b) is possible for them to actually nail down in specific detail ….

    Sometimes they do fairly recent ancestors. But other times they go so far back in the generations that the stories they tell involve people who are ancestors of a quarter of the audience as well as of the celebrity in question.

    So … hard to tell what they’re doing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    They usually focus more on one side of the family. And sometimes they’ll very briefly mention the other side of the family too.