Fox Joins Pawn Craze With ‘Buried Treasure’

By Lacey Rose

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Fox is going antiquing.

The network better known for talent competition shows, including “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and the upcoming “X Factor,” has greenlit a series about the pawn industry.

“Buried Treasure” will follow Leigh and Leslie Keno of “Antiques Roadshow” as they travel around the country in search of hidden gems, from a 300-year-old violin to one of a kind comics, in people’s homes.

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“Right now, a lot of people in America need cash, and we’re helping them find it in their own homes,” said Joe Livecchi, series creator and executive producer. “We’re transforming lives with every treasure we find.”

“Buried Treasure” joins a litany of shows devoted to the pickers and pawns genre, including History’s top-rated “Pawn Stars” and the 15-plus knock-offs that have followed. Among them: Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters,” Nat Geo’s “Auction Packed,” Discovery’s “Auction Kings” and TLC’s “What the Sell?!” NBC, too, is getting into the thrift TV business this summer with “It’s Worth What?,” a game show iteration from one-time “Antiques Roadshow” host Lara Spencer.

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