31 March 2009

Reminder: No premiere date for WDYTYA

All geneabloggers were delighted when the US version of Who Do You Think You Are? was announced by NBC with a purported premiere date in April.

Unfortunately, the show's premiere has been delayed. On February 12, Tracing the Tribe posted the following: WDYTYA: Delay until summer .

Previously published posts concerning the show were the following:

January 29, 2009 - WDYTYA: Impact on genealogy, American-style?

January 22, 2009 - Lisa Kudrow: A friend in the family

April 05, 2008 - Los Angeles: Who do you think you are? - April 13

March 13, 2008 - Coming to America: NBC to produce gen show

November 24, 2006 - Is genealogy coming to prime time TV?

Unfortunately, a number of bloggers and posters to other lists have seen the page at NBC news and taken it as a "new" press release (it has no date and is the original piece posted months and months ago), believing that the premiere date shown on that page was accurate. It is not.

The show has been delayed and will NOT premiere on April 20. A new date has not yet been set, but rumors point to a summer date.

As soon as a firm date has been set, count on Tracing the Tribe to announce it.


  1. I agree with you completely. I think that a newspaper in the Central time zone picked up the January presser late and published it as news - the reason I think it was a Central time zone paper is they said it would show at 7 p.m. on 20 april - the networks don't start until 8 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific time zones, Central and Mountain are at 7 p.m.

    I've been waiting for April to see if it appears on the NBC schedule. Haven't done that yet!

    Thanks -- Randy

  2. The NBC website still says April 20th

  3. John, that is old and dates from before the announcement that the series was delayed with no firm reschedule date. I'm sure they are busy doing other things at NBC. Several individuals have mentioned it to them. Personally, I believe that press releases should be dated - which would lessen confusion at least in this case.