This is a nice surprise: “Who Do You Think You Are?” is returning for a summer season on TLC starting Sunday, July 26 at 9/8 central. Famous folks whose ancestries we’ll learn about include:
- Tom Bergeron, host of “Dancing With the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” He’ll go all the way back to his 10th-great-grandmother and his family’s migration to North America.
- Bryan Cranston, the actor who played the dad on “Malcolm in the Middle” and is Walter White on “Breaking Bad.” Update: TLC’s original announcement hinted at Cranston’s discovery of an “unfortunate pattern amongst the men” in his family, but the show’s publicist sent an update that the episode will focus on the actor’s Civil War roots.
- Ginnifer Goodwin, Mary Margaret/Snow White on “Once Upon a Time.” She learns more about her paternal great-grandparents, whom her father doesn’t know much about.
- Alfre Woodard, television actor in “The Last Ship” and “State of Affairs” and film actor in 12 Years a Slave. She follows her paternal side and explores where her surname came from. She’s also the first African-American on the series in a few seasons—I think since Jerome Betis in 2012, when the show was still on NBC.
- J.K. Rowling, best-selling author of the Harry Potter books. She traces her French roots on this episode from BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”, on which the US series is based.
Shed Media and Is or Isn’t Entertainment produce “Who Do You Think You Are?” for TLC, and sponsor Ancestry.com provides research on the celebrity guests’ ancestors. (You’ll learn the “Who Do You Think You Are?” genealogy researchers’ secrets in Family Tree Magazine‘s upcoming Summer 2015 Discover Your Roots guide—I’ll share the link as soon as the guide becomes available in Family Tree Shop.)
The next season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” starts July 26. You can watch clips from past seasons on the show’s website.