‘Locator’ Aims to Inspire Viewers to Search
July 9, 2008 5:14 PM
WE tv’s upcoming reality series “The Locator,” starring Troy Dunn as the title personality, will take viewers on an emotional ride as desperate participants seek help finding long-lost relatives.
Mr. Dunn, who began his work as a genealogy investigator when he helped his mother search for her long-lost mother, has found more than 40,000 people over the past 20 years. For the series, he’ll help others on their search for loved ones.
While a promotional clip at the Television Critics Association press tour showed the happy ending for a young woman named Katie and her search for her long-lost mother, Kathy, Mr. Dunn says not every story is as positive.
Such was his very first case with his own mother, who grew up as an adopted child. Eventually Mr. Dunn helped her find her mother, but then recalled his biological grandmother saying, “If I knew ‘it’ was going to call, I might have aborted ‘it.’” His mother calls it a positive experience, however, saying it brought her closure.
As for the series, Mr. Dunn will help as many people as possible, but will accede to requests to complete his searches off-camera. Some 50 to 100 cases were filmed in preparation for the 10-episode run where the reunions were done off-camera at the participants’ requests.
The show does not intend to exploit these cases, but Mr. Dunn does request that others share the experience, hoping to inspire others to go through searches for people with whom they’ve lost touch. Mr. Dunn encourages people to reconnect with long-lost loved ones before it’s too late.
WE tv’s “The Locator” premieres Sept. 6 at 9 p.m.