NBC Picks Up 'Marriage Ref' and More...

NBC has picked up three freshman alternative series as "The Marriage Ref," "Minute to Win It" and "Who Do You Think You Are?" are renewed for the 2010-11 season.

 "All of these new series have demonstrated increasing popularity and generated far-reaching interest among viewers," said Paul Telegdy, Executive VP, Alternative Programming at NBC. "Equally important, each has a compelling and innovative format, and a second season will allow these shows to grow creatively and attract an even wider audience."

"The Marriage Ref" is NBC's new comedy panel series about the unpredictable and hilarious institution commonly known as marriage. The series features comedian/actor Tom Papa, who was personally selected by Seinfeld to host and serve as the "marriage ref." Seinfeld has appeared in several episodes and other celebrity participants to date have included Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan (NBC's "30 Rock"), Madonna, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Alexander and Kelly Ripa.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities. Among the celebrities featured this season are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith. Ancestry.com is currently NBC's official partner on the series.

All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri ("Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives") hosts NBC's competition series "Minute to Win It." Fieri serves as master of ceremonies and leads competitors through a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking games that can reward them a $1 million prize. In each episode, competitors will face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. At various points throughout the game, the contestant can walk away with the money earned up to that point -- but it takes nerves of steel to win $1 million.

-press release

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