When the Antiques Roadshow crew rolled into Nashville for the May 10, 2022, production tour stop at Cheekwood, it was the first time the show had been here since 1997. Back then, the show was filming for its second season — that was even before longtime producer Marsha Bemko took the helm. This latest visit will yield three episodes for the 27th season that will air between January and June 2023. (The air dates will be announced this fall; stay tuned!)
This latest Nashville taping marked Antiques Roadshow’s return to full-scale filming on a fully open set for the first time in three years. Pandemic protocols were still in place in that all attendees, talent and volunteers were required to show proof of COVID vaccination and/or negative COVID test results in order to gain entry.
Tickets to the Nashville were obtained in a few ways. A ticket lottery received 11,523 entries for the 1,800 pairs of free tickets. In addition, supporters of NPT received tickets as thank-you gifts with donations to the station. An additional 400 tickets were made available to NPT for community outreach and diversity and inclusion efforts.
The Nashville production effort involved a 55-member Antiques Roadshow team, 125 volunteers from the Nashville area, about half of NPT’s staff working at the event, and 25 local production crew members hired locally. Metro Nashville police officers were also on-site to provide security.
Of course, the event also involved the familiar and beloved Antiques Roadshow appraisers sharing their knowledge with attendees. Around 70 appraisers drawn from the show’s pool of 150 are at each production event. Those in attendance in Nashville included locals Linda Dyer (tribal arts) and Tim Prince (arms and militaria) as well Nicholas Lowry (prints & posters), Noel Barrett (toys) and Arlie Sulka (glass). See full list.
By the way, if you were intrigued by Cheekwood, the venue for Antiques Roadshow’s Nashville taping, watch NPT’s original documentary Cheekwood: A Masterpiece by Man and Nature.