Season 8, Episode 1 Chicago

First Aired: January 5, 2004

There's something new among the antiques as this PBS perennial opens its season with a three-week stint in Chicago: “Good Morning America”'s Lara Spencer signs on as host. Items appraised include a “spectacular” 19th-century articulated Japanese iron crayfish; a copy of the Beatles' “Yesterday and Today” album with its original “butcher” cover; a copy of “King Lear” with notes by its original owner---John Barrymore---scribbled in margins; an 1881 John LaFarge drawing; and a portrait of 18th-century Harvard president John Holyoke and a chair he owned. In addition, Spencer takes appraiser Simeon Lipman to a ballgame at Chicago's Comiskey Park, where they stop at souvenir stands in search of “future collectibles.”

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  • Premise: An antiques-appraisal series that turned out to be a ratings gem in PBS's attic. The simple format has `Roadshow' traveling around the U.S., evaluating family heirlooms and found items. It's based on the long-running (since 1978) BBC show of the same name… (more)

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