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Reality Star Vs. Rapper: The Battle Over 'YUUUP!'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 16th 2011 1:30PM
Dave Hester, Trey Songz'Storage Wars' star Dave Hester is in a legal battle with rapper Trey Songz over the use of the phrase "YUUUP!"

This is a real story.

According to the New York Post, Hester filed suit against Trey Songz (real name Tremaine Neverson), seeking a court order that bars the rapper from "interfering" with Hester's use of "YUUP!"

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Dave Hester's Hazing Ways Take Center Stage on 'Storage Wars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 1st 2011 7:00PM
Dave Hester hazed Jerrod Schulz on 'Storage Wars'Dave Hester stands out from the other bidders on 'Storage Wars' (Wednesdays, 10PM on A&E) with his aggressive style and habit of yelling "yuuup" for every bid. He also gets on his fellow bidders' nerves fairly frequently, something the show highlighted with a montage of his best (or worst) work.

The clips showed Hester bidding and taking on his competition, not always in a friendly manner. "Does anyone else in the crowd throw up in their mouth every time he says 'yuuup!'" said Barry Weiss to a bystander at one auction.

Still, Hester is one of the big shots in the business, and he's not afraid to let people know that. "When I got involved in it, everybody that was a heavy hitter then tried to do everything they could to put me through the hazing, to put me out of business," he said. That explains his point of view, but as Jarrod Schulz asked, when does Hester stop hazing everyone else?

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Dave Scores Big With Lighting Rigs on 'Storage Wars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 4th 2011 3:15PM
Dave Hester on 'Storage Wars'Most of the fun of 'Storage Wars' (Wednesdays, 10PM on A&E) is the detective work pf figuring out what a storage unit might be worth without being able to dig in and look around. Dave Hester is one of the best at that, and on Wednesday's episode, he saw something about a particular unit at Mission Hill Self Storage that he couldn't resist.

Hester saw a locker full of what looked like unopened boxes marked "Made In China," all with one company's imprint on them. "I know what it costs to ship merchandise from overseas," said Hester. "This would be four to five thousand bucks. So whatever is in here has to have value." Hester had to fight off Mark Balelo, a bidder who had been running up prices all day, to win the locker for $9,000.

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'Storage Wars' Star Barry Weiss Talks About Being a 'Produce' Man & His Female Fans

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 3rd 2011 3:30PM
Barry Weiss Storage Wars'Storage Wars' (Wednesdays, 10PM ET, A&E) debuted last year and quickly became A&E's top-rated reality series. Why? The idea of buying a storage locker full of potential "wow factor" finds, as star Darrell Sheets would say, is fun to watch.

But, like most reality series that win a devoted fan base comprised of the viewers who are returning in droves for the second season of 'Storage Wars,' the show really owes its success to its "characters," the guys (and woman, in the case of Brandi Passante) who keep rolling the dice on finding treasures amongst others' forgotten storage lockers.

No one is a bigger, funnier or more endearing character than 60-year-old Barry Weiss, the cool cat collector (he's been described as "Robert Evans-meets-Jack Nicholson") who frequently annoys his fellow 'Storage Wars' stars with his antics (he's brought a psychic and a little person on stilts to help him ferret out locker contents) and his nonchalant 'tude toward the storage locker game.

AOL TV talked to Barry about his approach to 'Storage Wars,' his much-debated ties to Hollywood and the many women who, according to his Facebook fan page, have caught Barry fever.

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Darrell Sheets Makes a Great Eskimo Pie Find on 'Storage Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 28th 2011 5:34AM
'Storage Wars'It's always a gamble on 'Storage Wars' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on A&E). We've seen them score big with some of the finds in abandoned storage lockers, and we've seen some painful losses. But Darrell Sheets was cautiously optimistic after turning up a unique item after a $275 purchase.

The piece was an Eskimo Pie-branded cooler that was in incredible shape. When he took it to an expert for assessment, the guy said he'd never seen anything like it. Furthermore, it appeared to be from the late 1920s or 1930s.

"If you put this in a good quality auction, this thing could hit $3,000," the man told Sheets, who was so excited by the news that he asked him to repeat it. Certainly there is a market for branded items like this, and there likely aren't very many similar items out there, at least not in that condition.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for June 27 - July 3

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 27th 2011 2:30AM
The Voice - Tuesday June 28, 9PM ET, CTV/NBC

The show ends this week, with the final four singing tonight and results tomorrow. I've enjoyed what I've seen of the show, though I admit I wasn't devoted to it. Most of my pleasure has come from watching Adam Levine try to be Simon Cowell, and wondering what Xtina is going to wear next. We get it, sweetie, you have a small waist and big chest.

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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]

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Darrell Sheets of 'Storage Wars' Gives Advice on Hunting for Hidden Treasure

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 4th 2011 4:00PM
Darrell Sheets, Storage WarsAmerica has become obsessed with turning trash into treasure. Witness the burgeoning treasure hunting genre that started with 'Antiques Roadshow' and now includes 'American Pickers,' 'Pawn Stars,' 'Auction Kings,' 'Auction Hunters' and A&E's latest hit, 'Storage Wars.'

While each show takes a different angle, they all essentially feature real-life people looking to uncover the jewels hidden among junk (theirs or someone else's) and make money off of it.

'Storage Wars,' which focuses on four men who bid on defaulted storage lockers, premiered last month to 2 million viewers, making it the cable network's best unscripted debut in 2010. The show's gotten so much buzz that it has spurred such interest in the world of storage auctions that the number of bidders has sometimes quadrupled, according to show star Darrell Sheets.

I spoke to Sheets recently about the newbies in his field, how to determine whether a locker contains valuable items and why he keeps making big bets.

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Five Shows for the Bad Economy

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 19th 2010 4:00PM
'The Apprentice'Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the fifth day of Festivus, TV gave to us ... five shows for the bad economy.

Unless your name is Scrooge McDuck and you literally carry bags full of money everywhere, you've had to do some serious tightening of your purse strings recently. (Metaphorically speaking, of course, because we just established that you don't have an actual bag of cash.)

Television networks have been tapping into that collective thriftiness this year with seemingly countless shows about bargain-hunting, turning trash to treasure, and pawn shops. For some reason, there are lots and lots of shows about pawn shops. Here are five shows for the frugal viewer.

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