Friday, August 25, 2006

Must See Roots TV

I'm intrigued by the announcement (received by way of Megan's Roots World) of a new channel devoted to genealogy—Roots Television. The website offers no info on the scheduled programs, but allow me to speculate.

  • 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. — An animated series for kids based on the Elizabeth Shown Mills book Evidence! Citation & Analysis For The Family Historian.
  • 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. — Barney the Purple Dinosaur reads selected obituaries from the nation's morning newspapers.
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Census records scroll across the screen while Muzak plays in the background.
  • 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. — Psychic John Edward helps people get in touch with their departed ancestors, and in doing so liberates them from their common sense and spare change.
  • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. — Dr. Phil helps people cope with the divorce of their great-great-great-great-grandparents.
  • 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. — The gang from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition visits the homes of genealogists and knocks down their brick walls.
  • 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. — A Fear Factor spin-off on which people are dared to consume traditional dishes from their ancestral homelands.
  • 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. — A nightly movie with a family-history theme—usually Back to the Future.
  • 11 p.m. - 7 a.m. — infomercials, occasionally interrupted by infomercials.


You forgot the current events show Colbert HistoricalNation where Stephen Colbert examines pedigrees to determine the best choice to be his new black friend.


He'd be the perfect addition. I've certainly met with a lot of truthiness on genealogy websites.

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