Who Do You Think You Are? TV Series

See TV Chef Paula Deen on on Friday, May 18 at 7 pm MT on NBC-TV

See popular Food Network TV Chef Paula Deen (pictured above) search for her Southern roots as she unravels a deep family mystery. Don’t miss this exciting adventure on Friday, May 18 at 7 pm Mountain time on NBC-TV!

A native of Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. Paula was living the American dream – married to her high school sweetheart and mother of two adorable boys when tragedy struck. Her parents died; her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, and started “The Bag Lady,” a home-based meal delivery service that marked the start of Paula’s professional cooking. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering “lunch and love in a bag,” beginning in June 1989, Paula turned around her life by using what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

The Bag Lady brought out Paula’s strengths and stabilized her family. She began cooking outside her home and started preparing meals at a Best Western motel in Savannah and finally opening her first restaurant, The Lady and Sons, with Bobby and Jamie five years later. The restaurant was a hit and the popularity of Paula and her cooking led to her first cookbook, 1998’s The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. Now the author of 14 cookbooks which have sold more than 8 million copies, she began her bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, which has a circulation of more than 1 million today.

Paula’s rise to stardom started when she premiered “Paula’s Home Cooking” on the Food Network in 2002. The network added “Paula’s Party” in 2006 and Bobby and Jamie began making appearances with Paula on the programs. The Food Network gave Bobby and Jamie their own show, “Road Tasted,” and today Paula has two shows running on the network, “Paula’s Best Dishes,” which debuted in 2008, and the long-running “Paula’s Home Cooking.” Paula is a two-time Emmy Award winner.

Ever grateful for all she has been blessed with, Paula and her family continue to give back to the community. Paula is a member of the board of the Bethesda Home for Boys, works tirelessly for America’s Second Harvest and partners with Smithfield Foods Helping Hungry Homes™, which has donated more than 10 million meals for America’s hungry.

This Season’s Series Info

Martin Sheen, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe (pictured l-r above) Featured in Season 3 Programs

If you enjoy family history about famous celebrities and their interesting ancestor stories, you will appreciate the third season (2012) of NBC-TV’s popular “Who Do You Think You Are?” program. The third season will feature celebrities Edie Falco, Helen Hunt, Blair Underwood, Martin Sheen, Reba McEntire, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Marisa Tomei, Rita Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jerome Bettis, and Paula Deen. The third season premiere is scheduled to start Friday night, February 3 on NBC-TV at 7 pm MT per the series executive producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky.

“We’re very excited about the stories we have this season,” Kudrow and Bucatinsky said in a statement announcing the news. “This fantastic group of people will take us to countries we haven’t visited before, which is thrilling and gives us glimpses into crucial details of history that not only shaped their families, but our world. This is what we love about this series; it’s so enriching for the viewer, as well as the participants and their families.” (From the Hollywood Reporter on January 6, 2012)

WDYTYA History

Who Do You Think You Are? is an American genealogy documentary series that premiered on NBC on March 5, 2010. The show is an adaptation of the British series of the same name, aired by the BBC. Each week a celebrity goes on a journey to trace his or her family tree. Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky are executive producers for the series, which is a partnership between NBC Entertainment and Ancestry.com. It is produced in association with BBC and Watch.

Season one celebrities in 2010 included Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Saradon, and Spike Lee. Season two celebrities in 2011 included Vanessa Williams, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Ritchie, Steve Buscemi, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ashley Judd.

You can see more info on these celebrities and watch the first and second season reruns on the NBC website at WDYTYA Website.

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