2:53pm PT by Rick Porter
'Who Do You Think You Are?' Returns to NBC After 7-Year Absence
An unscripted series that last aired on NBC seven years ago is returning to its original home.
The network has picked up a new season of Who Do You Think You Are?, in which celebrities trace their genealogy. The show, from executive producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, aired on NBC for three seasons from 2010-12 before being picked up by TLC.
The cable network has aired nine additional seasons (51 episodes total), most recently a four-episode run in December. The show has earned four Emmy nominations for best structured reality program throughout its run.
Ancestry, a leading consumer company helping people trace their lineage, is a partner on the series.
"Now more than ever, people are looking to connect with their ancestry to uncover a deeper understanding of who they are,” NBC alternative and reality group president Meredith Ahr said Monday in a statement. "We're excited to once again travel around the world with some of our favorite celebrities as they get answers and surprises about family members who came before them."
Added Kudrow, "Dan and I could not possibly be happier to be back at NBC where we get to work with [NBC Entertainment chairmen] Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks and Meredith Ahr. It honestly feels like we’re back home."
Kudrow traced her own ancestry in the show's first season, finding that a relative her family had presumed dead was still alive in Poland.
The new season will run 13 episodes; a premiere date and celebrity participants will be announced later. The most recent Who Do You Think You Are? episodes on TLC featured Regina King, Mandy Moore, Josh Duhamel and Matthew Morrison.
The series is based on a BBC format and is produced by Shed Media and Kudrow and Bucatinsky's Is or Isn't Entertainment. Pam Healey and Stephanie Schwam executive produce with Kudrow and Bucatinsky.
Who Do You Think You Are? joins an NBC unscripted roster that also includes mainstays The Voice and America's Got Talent, along with The Titan Games, Ellen's Game of Games, World of Dance, American Ninja Warrior, Little Big Shots and Making It.