CHICAGO – May 28, 2014 – WTTW, one of the country’s premier public media organizations, is pleased to announce that the station will welcome the popular weekly PBS series ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, a production of WGBH Boston, to Chicago this summer to tape three episodes for the upcoming 2015 season, the program’s 19th. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s last visit to the city was in the summer of 2003.
A production crew from WTTW will tape a behind-the-scenes special with the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW crew on Saturday, July 26 at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. A random ticket lottery was held earlier this year for the Chicago event’s 3,000 available tickets (admitting two), attracting 18,677 applicants.
"ANTIQUES ROADSHOW couldn't be happier to embark on our second summer of a beefed-up, eight-city tour," said Marsha Bemko, the show's executive producer. “We can't wait to return to Chicago, where we found so many great treasures in 2003," she added.
“WTTW is excited to welcome ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, one of our most popular national series, back to the city,” said WTTW President and CEO Dan Schmidt. “The show’s loyal audience has responded with incredible enthusiasm to their visit, and we anticipate that they will bring a diverse collection of unique and valuable items for appraisal.”
Other cities on this summer’s production tour include Bismarck, ND; Santa Clara, CA; Birmingham, AL; Austin, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Charleston, WV; and New York City.
About ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
Part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, 11-time Emmy® Award nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is about to begin its 18th broadcast season and is the top-rated ongoing primetime PBS series. The series is produced by WGBH Boston for PBS under license from the BBC. The Executive Producer is Marsha Bemko. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Subaru. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.
For more information about ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, visit pbs.org/antiques. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW press materials, including streaming video and downloadable photos, are available at pbs.org/pressroom.
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Julia Maish -- Manager of Media Relations, WTTW11 773.509.5551 or [email protected]
Hannah Auerbach, WGBH Boston 617-300-5346 or [email protected]