PBS and WSRE Bring a New Adventure to Monday Night Television
Market Warriors Brings the Bustle, Energy and Competition of a Live Flea Market to the Screen
Pensacola, Fla. — From the producers of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, the hit PBS series and the forerunner of television’s popular antiques and collectibles genre, comes a new adventure for treasure seekers: MARKET WARRIORS.
Premiering Monday, July 16, at 8 p.m. CT following Antiques Roadshow, MARKET WARRIORS follows antiques pickers—Bob, John, Kevin, and Miller—on a nationwide treasure hunt, scouring flea markets for antiques and vintage valuables with an eye toward selling their finds for profit at auction. Over the course of 20 one-hour episodes, viewers will get to know the pickers, enjoy an up-close look at the fierce competition in each episode and obstacles they face in the marketplace each week, and make their best guesses about who will come out ahead at the end of each episode.
Fred Willard (Best in Show, Modern Family) is MARKET WARRIORS’ off-screen host, offering wry commentary throughout the show. As host, the show is filtered through his eyes. “With MARKET WARRIORS, we wanted to turn the lens on the antiques pickers themselves,” says series executive producer Marsha Bemko. “Our pickers aren’t your amateur weekend-flea-market hobbyists. They are pros looking to turn a profit in a highly competitive setting where the element of chance and a little luck sometimes trump expertise. And who better to guide viewers through the challenges our pickers face than Fred Willard, who brings to the series both his signature improvisational skills and the eye and know-how of a collector.”
“MARKET WARRIORS is a perfect complement to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, building on our audience’s passion for history and antiques. Together they offer an addictive two hours of flea markets, antiques and unique finds,” said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive.
Meet the Pickers:
Kevin Bruneau has owned and operated an antiques business for more than two decades and is fluent in the world of buying and selling antiques and collectibles in the online marketplace. When he’s not travelling with his fellow MARKET WARRIORS, Kevin is on the road hundreds of miles per week in search of antiques and the next, great find. Kevin lives and works in Rhode Island.
John Bruno is an industry veteran: an antiques and collectibles dealer and collector for 40 years, and an appraiser for more than 25 years. Along with his wife Tina, he runs one of the largest antiques show promotion/management organizations in the Northeast. John is a native New Yorker and currently lives in New Hampshire.
Miller Gaffney has honed her eye for antiques and collecting over the years at places such as Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and the proprietor of an art advisory which she founded in 2006. Miller is a native of South Carolina.
Bob Richter comes to MARKET WARRIORS as a lifelong collector and with the sensibility of an interior designer. Bob lives in New York City where he is a regular at local flea markets and furniture shops. Bob is originally from Pennsylvania.
The MARKET WARRIORS website – pbs.org/marketwarriorsThe MARKET WARRIORS web site on PBS.org is the online platform for engaging and informing MARKET WARRIORS fans. The site will highlight the broadcast, with tune-in information, streaming full episodes, and episode guides. The site, found at pbs.org/marketwarriors, will extend and enhance the broadcast experience through web-exclusive videos and profiles with the series’ expert pickers—Bob, John, Kevin and Miller. The MARKET WARRIORS blog will provide the latest behind-the-scenes news from the series, articles about featured objects from the episodes, plus insights and tips from the world of antiques and flea markets. Polls, quizzes, and questions will prompt site visitors to share their thoughts, and a “winners and losers” feature will further encourage audience participation by tracking each picker’s season-long successes and failures. MARKET WARRIORS web content will be shared via social media channels, and fans can contribute to conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and share their own favorite flea market finds on the series website.
About WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
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