“Antiques Roadshow” companion program coming in spring 2012

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Public TV broadcasters got some tantalizing details on the long-awaited spinoff of the hit Antiques Roadshow. John Wilson, PBS program chief, said the program, with the working title of Market Wars, will debut in spring 2012 from Roadshow e.p. Marsha Bemko. Wilson said PBS has ordered 20 episodes initially, “at a very effective production cost per hour.” In the show, two rotating expert appraisers will drop into a community for a friendly competition: Each begins with a set amount of money, hits flea markets and auctions to find interesting objects, and the one with the best net wins. “Like with Roadshow, viewers are learning about that corner of the world, the objects, why some things are worth more than meets the eye,” Wilson said. “It has all that great history and Americana and geography built in.”

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