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 February 6

by Carolina

So many reality TV formats have started with regular contestants and then turn to celebrity cast members, from The Mole to Marriage Boot Camp, Big Brother to Worst Cooks in America.

Now a beloved PBS reality series is doing the same thing.

PBS’s popular and long-running Antiques Roadshow, which is currently airing its 25th season, will air three special Antiques Roadshow: Celebrity Edition episodes late this spring.

Those will premiere May 3, airing Mondays at 8.

PBS and GBH, which produces the show, announced that at the Television Critics Association winter press tour today, and said that the episodes “were filmed using small production teams” and followed safety measures.

Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow
Marsha Bemko, executive producer of Antiques Roadshow (Photo by PBS)

The celebrity version was filmed “during the second half of 2020 and early 2021,” and at the celebrities’ homes, meaning that only the appraiser and celebrity are on camera, versus Antiques Roadshow’s traditional large-scale gatherings of people who line up to have their items appraised.

During a virtual press conference, producer Marsha Bemko told critics, “We are a smart reality television show. You cannot watch a season of Roadshow without learning something. And the people on it aren’t actors…we like learning vicariously through them.”

The 17 celebrities of Antiques Roadshow: Celebrity Edition

Carson Kressley, Watch What Happens Live
Original Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Bravo)

Here are the 17 celebrities who will appear across three episodes:

  1. Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe
  2. Musicians Ruben Blades and Luba Mason
  3. Author Marc Brown
  4. Actor Ronny Chieng
  5. Musicians Paquito D’Rivera and Brenda Feliciano
  6. Chef Carla Hall
  7. Humorist John Hodgman
  8. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan
  9. TV personality Carson Kressley
  10. Comedian Jay Leno
  11. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson
  12. Broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien
  13. Pro golfer Dottie Pepper
  14. Humorist Mo Rocca
  15. Author Jason Reynolds
  16. Fashion designer Christian Siriano
  17. Author Mo Willems

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