Locally-filmed NBC show featuring Nick Offerman to air Sunday; Show visited Montgomery, Fulton counties – The Daily Gazette
, 2022-07-15 22:52:00,
MONTGOMERY AND FULTON COUNTIES — Sifting through local archives and helping people research their family history is all in a day’s work for Montgomery County Historian Kelly Farquhar.
She recently used those skills to assist actor Nick Offerman with tracing his family history as part of the NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?”
The actor and the show’s production team came to the area last fall and filmed at Montgomery County’s local history and genealogy research library among other locations for an episode slated to air at 7 p.m. Sunday.
“It was a really great experience,” Farquhar said.
The Emmy Award-winning documentary series started more than a decade ago and is an adaptation of the British series of the same name. In each episode, historians and other experts help trace the family history of featured celebrities, like John Stamos, Martin Sheen and Megan Mullally (who is Offerman’s wife). The latest season kicked off earlier this month with actor Billy Porter. Subsequent episodes are slated to feature Offerman, Allison Janney, Zachary Quinto, Bradley Whitford and Zachary Levi.
“I love the show,” Farquhar said. “I’ve worked here for such a long time and I’ve been like ‘When are they going to come here?’”
While she wasn’t at liberty to divulge details about Offerman’s tie to Montgomery or Fulton County, the preview clips released by NBC mention an ancestor who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The clips also mention that Offerman’s family was in the tavern business.
“I’m desperately curious to find out about my family,” Offerman says in one clip.
Offerman’s episode was originally set to film in the Capital Region in 2020, right around the time the pandemic shut everything down. Finally, last summer, production started up again, and throughout Labor Day weekend, the crew filmed around downtown Albany, as well as at the Montgomery County local history and genealogy research library and the Johnstown Public Library.
The imposing library, which was built around the turn of the last century with financial assistance from Andrew Carnegie, was shut down for the day for filming. According to Library Director Erica Wing, the crew filmed exterior shots, along with quite a few scenes in one of the library’s reading rooms.
“We have an addition that was put on in the ’90s and our entrance to the building is now through that addition. The…
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