Fox Greenlights Pawn Series 'Buried Treasure'

2:22 PM PST 05/31/2011 by Lacey Rose

Like History's "Pawn Stars" and TruTV's "Hardcore Pawn" before it, the network is getting into the thrift TV genre.

Fox is going antiquing. 

The network better known for talent competition shows, including American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and upcoming The X Factor has green-lit an unscripted series, Buried Treasure, about the pawn industry. 

The unscripted series, from ITV Studios America, 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 peoples' homes. 

"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."

Treasure joins a series 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?! (from Pawns producers). 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.

Paul Buccieri (Eleventh Hour), Tim Miller, Tim Eagan (Hell's Kitchen) and the Kenos will join Livecci as executive producers on the Fox series.

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