Contestants racing up their family trees is the premise of BYUtv’s award-winning reality series, “Relative Race,” which premieres its second season Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m. (MST).
The show, which has been described as The Amazing Race meets genealogy, combines humor and drama in a couples competition as each couple sprints across the United States to find new relatives and pieces of their family history along the way.
It was a hit for BYUtv in its first season and recently won an industry award as TV’s Best New Reality Series.
Relative Race is the co-winner with the NBC Sports series Shotgun as top new reality series as judged by programming executives and media developers at the National Cynopsis Awards. Honorable mentions went to Food, Lifetime, Esquire and Logo networks. The honors were announced in New York in February.
The distinction from industry heavyweights underscores the quality of the program and proves that a show about genealogy doesn’t have to be dull, said Dan Debenham, former ESPN anchor and co-owner of Lenzworks, the Utah production company that created the show in partnership with BYUtv.
In season two, 1,000 individuals vied for team slots compared to the 100 who tried out in the inaugural season—another fact that displays the increasing popularity of the series, Debenham said. Lenzworks is currently accepting applications for season 3 at relativerace.com.