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ABC orders new 'Find My Family' long-lost relative reality series

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/24/2009 

ABC wants to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends via a new The Locator-like reality series.

The network has ordered Find My Family, which is based on the Dutch reality series Lost Without a Trace and will follow people who are eager to be reconnected with a long-lost relative or friend, Daily Variety reported Tuesday.

Each episode will feature two different reunions and share with viewers how the people fell out of contact before reuniting them with each other.

"What we love about the show is that the emotion is really earned, and it's honest," ABC programming executive John Saade told Variety. "It isn't big, contrived moments. We're not looking for train wrecks."

In addition, Saade said he felt Find My Family fit in well with other ABC shows -- including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Supernanny.

"It feels like an ABC show, there's a lot of soul here," he told Variety.

The six-episode series is being produced by RelativityReal and RDF USA, with Tom Forman, Chris Coelen, Julie Laughlin-Jones, Greg Goldman and Tony Yates serving as executive producers.

"It's one of those rare, feel-good shows that has cross-generational appeal," Yates told Variety. "There won't be a dry eye by the end of each episode."

Find My Family will be co-hosted by A Current Affair anchor Tim Green and entertainment reporter Lisa Joyner, Variety reported.

The Locator premiered on WE tv last fall and follows Troy Dunn as he helps people reconnect with loved ones from their past.  Its second season began airing in March.

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