History channel shoots teasers here

Published 10:00 pm Friday, December 18, 2009

Clanton made history Thursday when film crews from The History Channel shot a promo for an upcoming show.

Filmmakers shot commercials and teasers for the show “American Pickers” at Bo Mart Tire and Service Center on Highway 145. The crew also spent time at a farm in Alabaster.

The reality show follows two longtime friends that are antique collectors.

The show’s organizers chose the locations because they provided a snapshot of rural America and fit the show’s theme.

“The Alabama scenery is great. It’s totally rustic and Americana,” said Matt Neary, director and producer.

“American Pickers” will feature Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel across the country and search for “hidden treasures,” Neary said.

“They travel across the country and search through people’s houses, garages and things like that to try to find what we call rusty gold,” Neary said. “Then they buy the things from the owners and sell them to antique dealers.”

“American Pickers” is scheduled to air its first episode Jan. 18. The scenes from Clanton will be shown sometime after Jan. 1.