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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI PREMIERES EARLY 2005 ON PBS

Weekly, Half-Hour Series Answers the Who? What? Where? and Whatever-Happened-To? Questions Raised by ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


(Los Angeles, CA; July 8, 2004 - PBS and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW producer WGBH Boston announced today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour the production launch of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI, a weekly series of 26 half-hour episodes premiering in early 2005 on PBS.

Hosted by ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's Lara Spencer, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI is a lively mix of appraisal updates, trade secrets and insights into what makes ROADSHOW appraisers tick. "The series is the perfect complement to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW - a digest that gives viewers tools to enrich and improve their own treasure hunts," said Margaret Drain, WGBH vice president for national programming.

"We're very pleased to announce this new series and fulfill a long-held desire on the part of our viewers for more information about antiques and collecting," said Jacoba Atlas, senior vice president, PBS programming. "ANTIQUES ROADSHOW has set the gold standard for a lively combination of entertainment and learning, and 'FYI' will add to this rich tradition."

For eight years, fans of the PBS hit series ANTIQUES ROADSHOW have been asking a lot of questions. Through e-mails, letters, even phone calls to the ROADSHOW producers, they've persisted. What happens to the stuff you appraise after the owners leave the convention hall? Where can I go to get the best deals? What's a hot collectible right now? Not to mention, what do the appraisers collect? ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI answers these questions and more.

Each ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI episode offers a variety of regular segments, including:

"ROADSHOW Returns," a segment that answers the most-frequently asked question of them all: Did the owner of that object we saw on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW ever sell it? FYI goes straight to the source - the owners themselves - to find out whether they sold their heirloom or flea market find to a dealer, auctioned it off or donated it a museum.

In "Market Smarts," appraisers take center stage to talk about buying and selling antiques and collectibles: What's the difference between buying at auction or through a dealer? How do you make an auction experience goof proof? What happens if you've tried and failed to sell something at auction?

"Buy or Bygone" spotlights what's hot and what's not. Like stock market timing, forecasting antiques trends is risky business. This segment helps viewers traverse the antiques landscape to keep ahead of the curve. Is this year's "passé" Salvador Dali print or Barbie doll actually this year's smart investment?

"ROADSHOW Good Buys" asks: Where's the action? ROADSHOW experts are the guides to some of America's most popular antiques events and venues, from auctions, to thrift and antiques shops, to flea markets. ROADSHOW FYI takes viewers into the stalls at the New York Winter Antiques Show; browses the 5,000 dealers at Massachusetts' Brimfield Antiques Show; dabbles at a major auction and cruises the aisles of some well-known dealer destinations.

The antiques trade is filled with legends of great pieces gone missing. "Missing Masterpieces" asks: Are they lost forever or hiding in plain sight, waiting to be discovered? That's reportedly what happened to a priceless Michelangelo sculpture, sitting unrecognized for twenty years in the Park Avenue lobby of the French Consulate until a research assistant noticed it. It may never be known for certain if some missing masterpieces have been stolen or destroyed, but these mysteries are sure to make amateur detectives out of many viewers.

Funding for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI is provided by public television viewers and PBS.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. Executive producer is Marsha Bemko.

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