One would think Marsha Bemko would be used to surprises.
After more than two decades with “Antiques Roadshow,” that’s not the case for the executive producer.
“One of the delights of the show are the surprises,” she says. “I also get to meet the people at each stop. It’s always about the stories.”
The PBS series will begin production soon on its 25th season, which includes a stop in Santa Fe on June 16.
The series will make its home on Museum Hill, and production will take place on Milner Plaza.
“Holding events at properties like New Mexico’s Museum Hill provides an enriching experience for our guests and a stunning setting for the show,” Bemko says. “Our cameras blanket the property, capturing appraisals with the action of the event as a backdrop and, when possible, taking our audience ‘backstage’ to places the public isn’t allowed or may miss seeing.”
Admission to “Antiques Roadshow” is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can enter for a chance to win one pair of free tickets per household at pbs.org/roadshowtickets. The deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 19.
At each appraisal event, around 2,000 ticketed guests will receive free verbal evaluations of their antiques and collectibles from experts from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal.
Bemko and her team will be based in Santa Fe for the first time.
The show has based its filming in Albuquerque three times, though it did segments in Santa Fe.
“The stories are what keep the show fresh and exciting,” she says. “We often have people who bought something years ago and have held on to it. They come to realize that it’s worth so much more than memories. I know if I had one of those items, I wouldn’t sell it.”
From each of the 2020 events, three episodes of “Antiques Roadshow” per city will be created for inclusion in the 25th broadcast season, which will air in 2021.
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