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'Storage Wars' Renewed for Season 2, 'Intervention' Gets a Spinoff and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 7th 2011 2:30PM
Storage WarsGood news for fans of bargain hunting -- A&E has renewed 'Storage Wars' for a second season. According to Deadline, production has already begun on the 20-episode season 2.

'Storage Wars,' which averages 2.3 million viewers each week, follows four men who bid on defaulted storage lockers, hoping to find a treasure trove inside.

"'Storage Wars' has garnered critical acclaim and has risen above the competition," said Bob DeBitetto, president and GM of A&E. "Premium storytelling and amazing characters have set our show apart."

In other TV news ...

HBO has officially picked up 'Girls,' the comedy from 'Tiny Furniture' writer/director/star Lena Dunham. The show follows twentysomething women in New York City, and will begin shooting in the spring. [Entertainment Weekly]

ABC's winter edition of 'Wipeout' performed well last night. The show earned a 3.7 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, with 11.6 million viewers tuning in to the season premiere. [Variety]

A&E greenlit a spinoff series to its popular 'Intervention.' 'Relapse' will follow ex-addict "sober coaches" dedicated to helping patients who have already gone through treatment to stay on the wagon. [EW]

Fox is going with a new strategy for its Saturday late night time slot. '30 Seconds to Fame,' a new version of the network's 2002 show, will feature everyday people showing off their talents in an attempt to win the weekly $25,000 prize. [Variety]

Diane Sawyer will sit down with Donald Rumsfeld in his first post-resignation interview. The talk will air on Feb. 7. The former secretary of defense's memoir, 'Known and Unknown,' will be released the following day. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Ratings for Oprah's OWN have dropped during its first week on air. While 1 million viewers tuned in for the debut, it's dropped to 315,000 in the past days. However, a steep decline was inevitable after taking the curiosity factor into account. [EW]

Speaking of declining ratings, Paula Abdul's 'Live to Dance' isn't faring well either. The show's second episode fell 25 percent from its debut. [THR]

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janna nikkola

Is there anyone out there who remembers a cable network known as "Arts & Entertainment" which used to offer high quality Artistic Entertainment, documentaries and films? Now this network is just known as "A&E" and there are probably lots of viewers who don't even know what "A&E" stands for. Now it offers "artistic entertainment" such as auctioning off the contents of abandoned storage lockers to "entertain" us, and shows about mentally disturbed people who hoard mountains of worthless junk in their homes, and a show about bounty hunter and his trailer trash clients and family, and there was a show about a tatoo parlor, and there's one about drug and alcohol interventions -- all seemingly meant to appeal to trailer trash viewers with are ignorant, uneducated and completely uninterested in culture or the finer things in life. It's a sad sommentary on our society that it takes such trashy viewing to entertain the masses. What a waste of air time.

January 08 2011 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Margali

You're not entirely alone out here. Some of us -- I suppose now we are considered "old fogeys" -- remember when "Arts & Entertainment" lived up to its name. Now A&E may be "entertainment" to some viewers, but then, some people enjoy looking at car wrecks.

January 08 2011 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phyllis

I TOTALLY agree with Janna about all the trash now on A&E. Also, does anyone know what happened to the Ovation channel??

January 08 2011 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sun

When The Walking Dead on A&E will be back on? I love that show!

January 08 2011 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bry

the Walking Dead was on AMC

January 10 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roosevelt Clark Sr

This comment do not pretain to the subject matter,but I would like to know what happend to Swamp Loggers? that was a very good and relaxing series, would like to see it back tv.

January 08 2011 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J. Shell

If you see one, you've seen it all. It's kind of dumb with grown men acting stupid. Hoarders big time? I've seen actual purchases from storage lockers. A bunch of junk that probably has some value somewhere but most of it got thrown away. Seeing it once or twice is plenty, then it gets old.

January 08 2011 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

I normally rant against any reality show. Storage Wars is one of the few exceptions. I find it fascinating what people will abandon that's worth money.

January 08 2011 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIchael Mc Manus

I've seen this show.
It is interesting. But, really. How much of it is staged.
Do people really leave several thousand dollars of stuff in a locker and just flip it off?
I don't think so.

January 08 2011 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to MIchael Mc Manus's comment
OH COME ON

What about someone who died in an accident and no one else knew they had the locker? What about someone who just didn't want to pay the bill anymore? What about someone getting a divorce and couldn't care less about whatever was in the locker? As far as the "several thousand dollars of stuff", maybe it wasn't worth that much when they put it in there. Maybe they didn't realize how much it was worth. Maybe it's the old "one man's trash is another man's treasure".

January 08 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathi

My son-in-law's family owns a moving and storage business, small one but people do this all the time. They default on paying the storage fees. On a nice note, sil's mother pulls out photos, other really personal things and keeps them for years in case the people come back. I've gotten some great things from the storage defaults.

January 08 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lnb

Great News. We have been buying storage lockers for years now. These guys show it like it is. A gamble you sometimes win big and sometimes loose big (plenty of dumps runs). A much more honest portrayal of the business than it's "competitor" that just shows the gravy. Thanks A&E for bringing this show into being.

And Dave, can't wait to see you get taken on a dumps locker for big bucks. LOL

January 08 2011 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arclight

*Wars*

Curse the lake of an edit function.

January 07 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arclight

I like Storage Was and I wonder how long it will be before we hear of someone who sees there locker get bought, and we find out the back story on why it and its treasures were abandoned.

January 07 2011 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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