Monday, May 24, 2010

VE's Observations of Various TV Shows - Part 3

Welcome to part three of a series where I’m sharing my own perspective on a few TV shows out there in TV wasteland.

This time I’m featuring: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Yes, that’s right; it’s the third reality TV show in row. I promise next time to lose my reality. That’s sounds weird…

If you are not familiar with this show then you don’t have all the useless channels I have on cable. Instead of watching the riveting Golf channel or seven choices of Public Access Television, I somehow caught this show and then got sucked in for the whole series.

The premise of the show is to take celebrities and follow their genealogy roots back in time through their family history. Genealogy is huge these days. Everybody wants to know about where they came from. Now granted, watching a show on somebody else’s genealogy pursuit sounds a bit like watching a video of my tax accountant doing my income taxes at his desk but in reality, they made it fairly interesting.

- Mathew Broderick’s show took him back to one of his great, great grandfathers who died in the Civil War while fighting in Atlanta. He’d survived the Battle at Gettysburg only to have died of “a cannon ball through the head” during the next big battle. It’s a funny thing about cannon ball through the head injuries…you don’t have that same feeling of “will they live?” you get with a normal gunshot incidence.

- Spike Lee’s family history went back to a slave owner and the irony is that he ended up having a white redneck relative in Texas that he visited. Too bad Malcolm X is dead…it would have been even funnier to do that with his family history…

- Sara Jessica Parker had an accused witch for a relative during the Salem Witch hunts. I suspected she might be of witch decent judging from here insistence on using all three of her names just like assassins do. You know: John Wilkes Booth, Mark David Chapman, Lee Harvey Oswald. Apparently her ancestor was only accused of being a witch and before going to trial they terminated the court that sent all of the accused witches to be hanged. Good thing...because none of them ever got off with a warning...there's was no concept of three strikes and your out. Of course that is only because baseball hadn't been invented yet...

But the most ridiculous of all the stories was Brook Shield’s genealogy. Her roots took her to lavish Italian Villas of kings and nobility. But it didn’t stop there. No, she descended from France and they took her family tree back through famous kings and nobility where one of her descendents was born in the Louvre in Paris. That’s right, the Louvre! It wasn’t always a gallery…apparently it was a home at one time. Just your modest summer home. But it didn’t stop there. She also descended from King Louis the 14th; one of the most powerful Kings of all time. But it didn’t stop there. She descended from King Louis, who also a saint as well as the king that started all the kings. In all, they traced back to about 1000ad.

Sheesh! What are they going to do to top that next year?

Welcome to the Bob Dylan Who Do you Think you are series two kickoff episode…
Expert: Bob, we’ve traced your roots back to Adam and Eve.

Bob: This explains my bad side…

Expert: Not only that, Bob, but we’ve got God backstage and he wants to talk to you about writing a new Holy song since pretty much most music was influenced by your lyrics…

Bob: Great, feels like I'm knockin' on Heaven's door

17 comments:

Cheryl said...

I know where I came from and that's all that matters. My mom swallowed a black watermelon seed and sometime later I was born. If you're wondering why I'm childless, it's simple: I've never eaten a black watermelon seed. I was warned about this as a child.

Do you suppose god can really communicate with Bob? I can't understand a word he says anymore.

Alan Burnett said...

We've had "Who Do You Think" over here for a few years now and I know that the episodes van vary depending on the person who they are focusing on. But there has been some fascinating stories and such histories of "ordinary" people always seems to be more gripping than many of the fictionalised historical pot-boilers.

Roy said...

Hmmmm... Sounds like This Is Your Life played in Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine.

sharonheg said...

Holy crap. My ancestors just come from farmland in Russia. BORing. No wonder why I'm not a celebrity!

Elizabeth said...

Wow, that sounds like a show I'd enjoy watching! I've always wondered if I'm related to anyone famous!

Roy Scribner said...

The Scribner family? Uh, move along - nothing to see here, folks. I might have had a poster of Brooke in her Calvin Clines, though.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I don't have this useless channel I guess.

Subby said...

Weel I ken me Gran'mither wae frae th' Ukraine an' fled the Revolt o' 1917...

Great take on the Bob Dylan~LMAO!

But this only goes further to prove that there's nothing good on th' telly, wot?

Janna said...

I have Native American ancestry (Potawatomi), plus one of my relatives was a pirate back in the 1700's, PLUS I'm related to Benjamin Franklin.

Pirates, Indians, and Benjamin Franklin.

Is it any wonder I became a geek who loves water, nature, and science?

Plus there was that time I flew that kite in the thunderstorm after I'd finished doing the rain dance next to the Jolly Roger...

Mrsupole said...

I am an ailen and so it is very hard to trace my ancestry. Although I think they did launch the Hubbel to take pictures of all the different places that my family visited on their way here. Or maybe that was just in my mind, wow I am so Lost now and life is so confusing. What am I gonna do if I don't know where I come from or where I am gonna go. Help, please help find me.

God bless.

Monkey Man said...

Spike Lee having a red neck relative....there is a God.

VE said...

Cheryl – You don’t have to understand a word Bob says…he’s said it all long ago and has earned the right to truly mumble incoherently for the rest of his days…

Alan – They do make it interesting. Makes me wonder if they had some reject celebrities that had families too boring to televise…

Roy – Good one…I remember Mr. Peabody’s from Maureen’s blog…she uses it as a special. Maureen is another missing blogger here these days. I think I upset her with my Canada posts…

Sharonheg – See…if you had better ancestors you’d be famous now!

Elizabeth – Only one way to find out…

Roy – I suspected you did….

Perpetual chocoholic – And you’re the better for it…

Subby – It does indeed…

Janna – Did you inherit a huge stack of Benjamin’s (money)? I’d demand a stack from your relatives…they’re holding out…

Mrsupole – Yes, aliens are so difficult to do geneology with…

Monkey man – Funny…I said the same thing…

Jaime said...

i hate a lot of tv shows... this one is near the top of my list.

CatLadyLarew said...

Silly celebrities... thinking that they're descended from royalty. Don't they know that the stork brought all of them?

VE said...

jaime - Cool, I hit one of your top 10 hated...

catladylarew - Perhaps they should do one on the stork's family tree...

Megan said...

You watch too many reality shows.

VE said...

megan - I watch too much reality too...