Fox greenlights high-stakes antiques reality show -- EXCLUSIVE


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That’s right. Fox, the top-rated broadcaster known for its high-concept live-wire reality fare like American Idol, Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance, is going antiquing.

The network has greenlit a new series titled Buried Treasure and starring Leigh and Leslie Keno, the antique dealer twin brothers best known from PBS’ long-running Antiques Roadshow. The brothers will travel the country hunting for hidden gems in peoples’ homes. Using their expertise and technology to determine authenticity and condition, the duo will reveal each item’s estimated auction value and gives the family a chance to sell. In some instances, the Kenos will bring the items to the world’s top buyers. At the end of each episode, you’ll learn if the item sold and for how much.

“Right now, a lot of people in America need cash, and we’re helping them find it in their own homes,” says Joe Livecchi, series creator and executive producer. “We’re transforming lives with every treasure we find.”

That a broadcaster would get into the junk-to-treasure reality genre actually isn’t that surprising. Roadshow has inspired many successful series on cable, including History’s very highly rated Pawn Stars.

“We don’t really look at this as an antiques show because every episode is a treasure hunt,” Livecchi says. “Everybody has at least one item in their house that they’re curious about the value of. I have no doubt a big audience is going to tune in.”

ITV America will produce the show, which will likely launch later this summer, with Livecchi, Paul Buccieri, Tim Miller, the Kenos and Tim Eagan as executive producers. “We’re thrilled to be in partnership with Fox and the Keno Brothers on this exciting new project,” says Paul Buccieri, president and CEO, ITV Studios America. “We have had an incredible working relationship with Fox, and look forward to expanding with this initiative.”

What do you think of Fox getting into the hidden attic treasure game?

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  • Really?!

    Your mean to tell me you cancelled Breaking In for this?! WTF!!!

    • Mark Jeffries

      Since when does News Corp. own EW, moron?

      • Really?!

        By “you” was I was referring to Fox not to EW. L2readuputz

  • BP

    How do we get them to come? I have a nice 300 year old+ Duncan Fyfe dining room table that I would love to have appraised.

    • antiquefreak

      I guarantee you do not have a Duncan Fyfe table. For the simple fact that they were made between 1810-1820’s and again heavily reproduced in the 1930-1940’s. So if your table is 300 years old it is not a fife.

    • luis

      does anyone know how to get these guys to come over to my hometown and see if i have something that is worth a lot of money

  • Clete

    As long as they don’t put this on Sunday….Family Guy.

  • James

    Makes sense. Auction Hunters, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and many others have become very popular. People like believing they can discover treasure. Buried treasure will always be an alluring possibility, and the idea that we could find it in our own backyard simply increases the thrill of seeing it discovered.

    • Dave

      If the show is done right, it will be an instant hit. I love watching the shows you mentioned for that exact reason. It’s educational and as long as the hosts are entertaining it’s great reality television. Far better than the rest of the reality shows like big brother, jersey shore, etc which do nothing to enrich my life.

  • Dicazi

    PBS already had a show like this with the Kenos. If it didn’t work there, I don’t see how it could work on Fox.

    • Larry

      Nobody watches PBS

      • Dicazi

        Those of us sick to death of sleazy trash do.

      • titanic11111

        Larry, WRONG, 11 million people per week watch the “Antiques Roadshow” …. this is a fact.. check the ratings. If that is “nobody” then what number is “somebody” to you?

    • hey!

      hahahahaha this shows gonna be a hit. i cant wait till they prove u wrong. by the way, fox does not air “sleazy trash”, as u say. do u call extreme home makeover (basically saving peoples lives) “sleazy trash”!? if u do, then u must have a SERIOUS problem. i would like to add that the Keno brothers new show on Fox is not at all like their previous show on PBS in that the new show saves peoples lives and it is a treasure hunt, they do not just go into peoples homes and appraise furniture.

      • Billy

        Errmmm, I believe “extreme home makeover” appears on ABC? And unless the family will never need to sell for eternity, building McMansions in lower middle-class neighborhoods isn’t doing much of service, once the novelty wears off.

    • titanic11111

      It will be COMPLETELY different from the old “Find” show. For one thing–They sell the items for the owners and it changes their life in a meaningful way. Like “Extreme Home Makeover” but with Treasures unearthed from people’s homes. I have heard that some things they find are literally BURIED !!!

  • RAJ

    Sounds like a good show. Put it on any other channel but FOX and I’ll watch it.

  • Marie

    This doesn’t sound like a Fox show at all. And no network is quicker to pull a show than Fox. Good luck to these guys – it’ll be a different environment than PBS.

  • amie

    I love the Keno brothers! This is awesome news!

  • Lonesome Mary

    I would love them to just come and have tea with me. I could make some banana nut bread. I don’t have anything really old except my hubby.

    • Squishmar

      You forgot to add… “and he’s priceless!” I’m sure you meant to…

  • Callie

    I think Fox is running out of ideas

    • titanic11111

      You are wrong, with all due respect….wait until you see the trailer, and then comment…you might be on the edge of your seat. The Kenos deliver.

  • reba

    can they come to my house, i might have somehting that would pay off my student loans.

  • Jeannette

    I bought their book when it came out ages ago. I really liked it. I can’t say I’ll watch the show, but it sounds like a good idea.


    AND another thing….they NEVER call!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Henri M.

    Sounds like an interesting idea, but these two brothers are extremeley irratating.

  • Tee

    I like the Keno bros and I don’t like PBS so this works for me. The shows on FX are better than Fox shows though.

    • GHB

      Why don’t you like PBS? Afraid you might learn something?

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