The field of antiques-related television shows will add at least one more in the fall as experts from the Asheford Institute of Antiques (AIA) team up to roll-out a half-hour pilot TV show tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2011.
AIA is a professional-level, distance learning program on antiques, collectibles and appraising. Sources close to the school confirmed that the “on The road” style pilot began initial production earlier this summer, with hosts of the show Peter Green (AIA’s founder) and his son, Charles Green (AIA director) both participating in some practice-run tapings.
“It was great fun attending the auctions,” Peter Green said, “meeting the people and getting to rummage about. I just hope I can keep up the pace!”
The institute’s production group claim that they came up with idea for the show – which centers around the father and son team as they take to the road in search of the ultimate “antique” purchase _ after regularly observing them argue and debate the value of antique items at auction sales.
“They have a natural chemistry that is quite funny to watch” producer Jim Blackburn said, “but at the end of the day, when it comes to discovering great antiques – they’re all business.”
When pressed on what future episodes might be like moving forward, Blackburn said that the shows theme will evolve as the pair motor through the highways and byways of back-country roads, hunting for forgotten treasures at remote auctions, carnival-like flea markets, and even the odd garage sale. “It’ll be a bit like watching a road movie with some great antique adventure thrown in,” says Blackburn, “you’ll never know where they’re going next!”
Distribution for the pilot is still apparently being negotiated, however, according to a statement released from the school, a number of potential cable networks that carry shows of this type have already expressed strong interest in developing the show past the pilot stage.
“We’ll just have to see where it goes, Charles Green said. “Right now we just want to get the first one done, and then see what happens from there … ”
Visit Asheford online for more information on the pilot or the school’s antique and appraisal course or call (877) 444-4508. The institute is located at 981 Harbor Blvd., Suite 3, Dept. 275YZ2 Destin, FL 32541-2525 or at their Canadian office at 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Dept. 124 Toronto, ON M5S 1R8.
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