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Seriously, Who Is This Guy and Why Do I Recognize Him?

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | February 24, 2010 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | February 24, 2010 |

There’s an interesting little television war happening right now between NBC and PBS. PBS has been airing specials called “Faces of America” all about the family origins of different prominent Americans and their family trees and all that feel good “get in touch with your roots” crap. Obviously, being that it’s on PBS, there’s not a huge budget so most of the promos are of people looking through old photos or records making excited or interested exclamations. Meanwhile, NBC is scrambling to fill up that 10 p.m. slot that Jay Leno moved out of and is premiering something called “Who Do You Think You Are” after the Olympics with basically the same premise, only with the budget to actually send celebrities out to meet their long lost relatives and have lots of TV-worthy “reunions.” (You can’t really call it a RE-union if you’ve never met, right? It’s just a union, which sounds weird.) Also, NBC has clearly made a huge misstep by naming a show with the title of a Who song that’s already being used as the theme song to another show currently on TV. Dumb. Anyway, I just felt like pointing that out to any of you who care about genealogy. Here’s Wednesday’s TV:

8:00 p.m.: “American Idol” on Fox. Two hour episode at a special time.

“Olympic Winter Games” on NBC.

“Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Making America” on PBS.

9:00 p.m.: “Meteorite Men: Ash Creek Fall, Texas” on Science. First season finale. I know what they’re going for, but every time I see this title I think “Oh, there’s a new sci fi series” and I’m always wrong.

9:30 p.m.: “The Inbetweeners” on BBCA. Second season premiere.

10:00 p.m.: “Nip/Tuck” on FX.

“Psych” on USA.

“The Real World” on MTV.

“The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi” on Logo. I don’t know who Robert Verdi is or what he does but I know for damn sure that he’s got his own show that he’s starring in.

“Shear Genius” on Bravo.

“Solving History with Olly Steeds” on Discovery. Is anyone watching this? I suspect it sounds far more interesting than it actually is.

“Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” on TBS.

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