I could use a lesson on dancing while suspended from a wire — one of many neat skills taught to luminaries like Joe Jonas on NBC’s “I Can Do That,” which was just renewed for a second season.
Best of all, celebrities, who clearly have lots of money, can get a free family tree! “Who Do You Think You Are,” the TLC show that traces the roots of famous folk, began a new cycle Sunday (9 p.m.). Sweet-faced Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love” and “Once Upon A Time”) found out her mysterious great-grandfather was a bootlegger who served time.
(As an aside, let me say: Kudos to you, Ms. Goodwin, for being open about everything, unlike supercelebrity Ben Affleck, who told PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” series not to mention his slave-holding forefathers. PBS withheld the info, leading to a scandal that put the show on hiatus for a review of its practices.)
The Affleck flap is a reminder that being a celebrity on TV isn’t all peaches and creme de cassis.
And some celebrity TV shows do sound pretty awful. In a few weeks, England will launch “Celebrity Big Brother.” Rumored residents of the Big Brother house include acid-tongued comic Kathy Griffin, slightly nutty supermodel Janice Dickinson and wrestling star Hulk Hogan, who got in trouble recently for making racist remarks.
I’m happy to watch such a train wreck — and glad not to be in the house.
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