Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Blood and Treasure"

According to Variety, CBS has given a straight-to-series order to a new action-adventure series titled “Blood & Treasure.” The report continues, "The series centers on a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.   The network has ordered a 13-episode first season of the one-hour series, which is set to be broadcast in summer 2019."  Executive Producer Marc Vlasic, an Antiquities Coalition Associate, evidently views the series as "social impact TV."  In contrast, CPO considers the series as yet another effort to confuse  "entertainment" with "news" to promote an anti-collecting crusade.  CPO has criticized CBS for promoting "fake news" about values of ISIS loot. 


John H said...

Hi Peter:

Predictably the Warsaw ignoramus has risen to the bai when he writes : -

"Of course Mr Tompa's 'reputation' relies precisely on making such claims. Note the bit: 'we want to shame the buyers, we want to [...] make that even more underground and then find out who's doing it, and bring them to justice'. Do you see any 'shame' among US collectors involved in the open purchase of items potentially supplied by 'criminal rings', whoever is behind them? I don't, " he scribbles.

The point he wilfully misses is that you, unlike him, enjoy a reputation, and a good one, in that you are internationally renowned along with the likes of Wayne G Sayles. It's unfortunate that I have to give this ignoramus the oxygen of publicity that he so desperately seeks.

I only wish, brown trout would rise to fly as quickly as the 'Warsaw Warbler' rises to a well-presented bait.

Ed S said...

Are there any interesting and accurate shows about antiquities? I recently learned there is a British show called The Detectorists but I have not seen it.

There was a comical story in The Sun today. Neal Baker reports on 54 replica aureii unearthed by a pair of metal detectorists in a field in Suffolk England.

Apparently these were props used for the BBC series. "In a scene that featured in the first episode of the last series, the replica coins were shown being buried in a clay Roman pot and then brought to the surface by a tractor ploughing a field 2,000 years later."

Cultural Property Observer said...

Thanks Ed. Saw that story. The Discovery Channel has lots about archaeology of differing degrees of quality.