A fantastic bit of news recently came across the wire under the frustratingly misleading headline, “Can Emmitt Smith help save NBC from ‘Tonight Show’ mess?” Emmitt Smith (pictured above, becoming emotional while attempting to read) will be among the celebrities featured on a new NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are?, one of the first horrific-sounding programs that the struggling network has had to frantically come up with to fill the primetime schedule after Jay Leno’s primetime “experiment” fell flat on its face and he forced Conan out of a job.
The show featuring Smith’s family history will debut on March 5th at 8:00 EST.
According to an NBC press release, “Who Do You Think You Are?” gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of celebrities.
Think exploring the genealogy and family tree of your favorite star.
Among the celebrities featured are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Smith. This wouldn’t be the first reality TV stint for Smith, who won ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” competition a few years ago.
Wow! Lisa Kudrow and Sarah Jessica Parker? I better set my DVR toot sweet! No, better than that, I should probably instead quit my job and watch NBC nonstop until every episode of this brilliant concept has aired lest I miss even one second of the mind-blowing insight that will undoubtedly be revealed regarding people that I couldn’t care less about, let alone their family histories. For instance, did you know that Matthew Broderick’s maternal grandfather was also a closeted homosexual? Amazing!
Despite the presence of all these, ahem, A-listers, Emmitt Smith’s appearance will be the merciful coup de grâce for this horrible idea of a show. Why? Because watching Emmitt Smith butcher the word “geneology” might be too much for a primetime audience to bear, even for people who find Leno entertaining.
Can Emmitt Smith help save NBC from ‘Tonight Show’ mess? [The Dallas Morning News]