Future episodes — airing May 10, May 17 and May 24 — include the likes of humorist John Hodgman, actor Ronny Chieng, cartoonist Mo Willems, journalist Soledad O’Brien, fashion designer Christian Siriano and TV personality Carson Kressley.
“This is true across the board of everybody we visited on this show and all the others: They are human beings like you and me,” says Bemko. “They really are curious about what they own and they want to know, and not just because of the money. It’s not all about the value.”
The celebrity episodes were a clever answer to the pandemic and a chance to shake things up during the 25th anniversary of “Antique Roadshow.”
Initially, with flying not an option, the celebrities chosen to be featured were within driving distance of the show’s Boston headquarters at WGBH. Everyone had to drive in separate cars, stay masked until cameras were rolling and were COVID-19 tested regularly. Some celebrities felt more comfortable displaying their collectibles on their lawn. Others allowed appraisers inside.
For Hall, a fan of the show, it was a chance to get answers for the items her family has long held dear, including an antique table, old seltzer bottles and chic handbags collected by her grandmother.
Hall also learned something. Her highchair converts into a stroller, something neither she nor her mother knew until the appraiser pointed it out. “That just was so wild,” she recalls. “I never knew that it did that. That was the biggest shock.”