If you’ve ever wanted to see a TV pilot filmed, tonight’s your chance as producers of the “Great Hudson Valley Auction Show” will be filming a demonstration of a live auction segment at 7 p.m. this evening, Feb. 20, in the ballroom at The Bronxville Women’s Club, 135 Midland Ave. Local residents are welcome to observe and attend the mock auction. The host will be Robert “Bobby” Weis, owner of Robert’s Restoration Gallery in Bronxville, star of the proposed TV show. Segments showing Weis restoring furniture at his shop and hunting for interesting pieces have already been filmed. Producers are hoping the pilot episode will become a national TV show.
Reached shortly before showtime, Weis said he was “flying.” “I’m an hour away from doing something that’s been a lifelong dream,” he said.
Weis, who has owned his antique store for 16 years, previously owned Mr. Stripper in Elmsford. A resident of Yonkers, Weis said he hopes to feature the history of the Lower Hudson Valley in the show, which will begin with 13 episodes if it is picked up. Weis said that producer John T. Brady, a resident of Rye, came to know him when he had an office above the Bronxville shop. Brady would come in and admire the furniture Weis restored and the two struck up a friendship, though Weis never imagined his dealings with the TV producer would turn into a show featuring his own work. “This is crazy,” he said. “I never thought I’d be doing this. From a furniture stripper to this.”