LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Last spring, the Antiques Roadshow crew arrived at Louisville’s Churchill Downs as part of the hit series’ new groundbreaking move to film on site at iconic locations throughout the country.
The three Louisville episodes will premiere May 6, 13 and 20 at 8 p.m. ET on KET2 and May 9, 16 and 23 at 8 p.m. ET on KET.
For the Churchill Downs episodes, more than 15,700 people vied for 1,750 pairs of tickets to participate, which were distributed in a lottery-style drawing. Participants could present up to two items to the program’s 65 expert appraisers.
Of those, a lucky few made it into the three upcoming, hour-long episodes, which will air nationally on PBS across the country.
Two of the season’s most valuable finds turned up at Churchill Downs, producers said.
One is a 1943 sketch, allegedly by Pablo Picasso.
“You want to see rare, valuable things, but what you really want to hear is a great story,” said Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow’s executive producer.
The new format allowed Antiques Roadshow to eschew its former convention center productions to instead film outdoors at historic and picturesque settings across America, including Hotel del Coronado resort in San Diego, Ca’d’Zan in Sarasota and more. Louisville’s Churchill Downs was the third stop in the 23rd season’s filming tour.
“It makes for a much harder production on our end, but it’s worth it for the payoff,” said Bemko. “These are the prettiest shows we’ve ever made.”