By Peter Covino
It was the hottest ticket in town the last time Antiques RoadShow came to Orlando about a decade ago, and now the hit long-running PBS series is making a return engagement.
Any time the Antiques Road Show comes to a city it usually causes a frenzy from fans.
When it was here last time, I was on the set and even got to bring in a few items for appraisal. It still makes people envious.
Fans know what it is all about. Each season, Antiques Roadshow literally takes to the road, and some lucky fans are selected to talk with an antique expert about the quilt handed down by great grandma or some painting that has been hanging in a back bedroom for years. Sometimes they find out that old hidden painting is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. And sometimes they find out that old painting should just remain hidden.
Antiques Roadshow, which is PBS’s most watched ongoing series, stops in Orlando June 18 for an all-day appraisal event as part of a six-city 2016 summer production tour. Three one-hour shows will be produced for the 21st season, which will air in 2017.
At an Antiques Roadshow appraisal event, approximately 5,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles by specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal. To see FAQs about ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events, go to pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tickets/faq.
“Antiques Roadshow is thrilled to be on the road to Orlando this summer in search of America’s hidden treasures,” said executive producer Marsha Bemko, in a press release. “Our last visit was in 2007, so we’re excited to return to see the next generation of finds waiting for us in the local area.”
In addition to Orlando, the summer tour will include stops in Virginia Beach (June 25); Indianapolis (July 9); Fort Worth (July 23); Palm Springs, Ca. (Aug. 6) and Salt Lake City (Aug. 13).
For more Antiques Roadshow including full episodes, appraiser information, tips of the trade, bonus videos, a comprehensive archive, teacher resources, and more-visit pbs.org/antiques. You can also find Roadshow on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr.
Other online features include a Behind The Scenes 2016 tour podcast. Show producer Jill Giles discusses the upcoming season and how cities are chosen for the production.
In the Orlando area, episodes of Antiques Roadshow are broadcast on WUCF.