– Identical twins Leigh and Leslie Keno believe that hidden treasures can be found just about anywhere. Now, the stars of the PBS favorite, Antiques Roadshow, will have a chance to prove their theory as hosts of a new series, Find! PBS will premiere Find!, which consists of 26 new half-hour episodes, in October.
Created by the Emmy Award-winning team behind This Old House and Ask This Old House, Find! will begin each episode with the Kenos visiting viewers’ homes around the country searching for hidden treasures. They will call upon experts in conservation, restoration, reproductions and other fields to help viewers learn more about the objects around them. Then it is on to the world of design and contemporary living, as the Kenos visit interior designers in show houses and private homes. The mixing of the old and the new will be the theme of these segments, inspiring viewers to take a fresh look at their own homes.
Leigh and Leslie Keno will also write a furniture and design column for This Old House magazine, beginning with the October issue, on sale September 15. There are plans to publish a special issue of Find! in 2004.
Addressing viewers’ concerns will be part of the show’s format. “Our Chippendale wing chair is suffering from a sagging seat and the finish on the legs is dull.” The Kenos will show why jute webbing is the ideal material for a new seat’s support and recommend the appropriate treatment for the finish. The Kenos and other experts will answer these and other questions while exploring interior design, home decor, style, floor coverings and textiles through field trips to manufacturers, show houses, restoration studios and museums.
Find! is a production of Find Productions, Inc., a subsidiary of Find Ventures, Inc, which is an affiliate of Time4 Media? and a subsidiary of Time Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc. Find! will be distributed to PBS by WGBH Boston.
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