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Earthquake Strikes During Clean-Up on 'Hoarders' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2011 2:30AM
'Hoarders' - 'Mike/Bonnie''Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E) wrapped its season with a very sobering reminder of how dangerous hoarding can be. Mike's house was in terrible shape, heaped with piles of used adult diapers, as well as deceased cats. But it was the structural integrity of the house Matt Paxton feared when the ground began to shake beneath their feet.

During filming, while they were inside the house, a 5.8 earthquake hit. Earthquakes are dangerous in clean houses, but in a house hoarded with filth and damaged from neglect it's an even more frightening situation.

Once they were clear of the mess, Paxton breathed a sigh of relief. "The last place I want to die is underneath all of your diapers going through the floor," he said to Mike.

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Wilma Chained Up a Child, Continues Emotional Abuse on 'Hoarders' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 6:00AM
Wilma, 'Hoarders'A messy house and a problem with hoarding are the least of Wilma's issues on 'Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E). The woman talked so casually about chaining her son to his bed that you'd think she was telling a pleasant childhood memory. Even all these years later, she still doesn't get that it was wrong.

And then, with her children on hand to help with the clean-up effort, she proceeds to concur that she basically resents them for ruining what she wanted to do with her life. "I have given up my life -- what I wanted to do in my life -- to raise them," she said right in front of them.

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Jerry Blames His Sister For Taking His Inheritance on 'Hoarders' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 8th 2011 6:30AM
'Hoarders' - 'Judy/Jerry'You never know what the trigger is for someone to slide into the dark and lonely world of 'Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E). For Jerry, it came out in a quick discussion with his sister Karen that he felt she was cheating him out of his inheritance and wanted to see him suffer.

Of course, we assume that she wants the best for him -- she did show up to help a mostly futile clean-up session considering the state of the house -- but we never got any clarity on what Jerry was talking about and why he wasn't getting any of their family inheritance.

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Max Kisses Johnny and Meets His Girlfriend on '2 Broke Girls' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 8th 2011 1:30AM
'2 Broke Girls' - 'And Hoarder Culture'Oddly enough inspired by a hoarded apartment, and the constant nagging of Caroline, Max finally put herself out there emotionally, admitting that she liked Johnny. She couldn't have picked a worse time to do it, though, on this week's '2 Broke Girls' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS).

Granted, she did lean in for the kiss up on the billboard when watching out for him while he tagged, but he played that one off. Turns out he played it off because he has a girlfriend. A girlfriend who was standing there when Max threw caution to the wind and kissed him right there in the streets.

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Kevin Struggles to Give Up Control of the Clean-Up on 'Hoarders' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 6:00AM
'Hoarders' - 'Kevin/Mary'There are a lot more clean houses in American right now, as 'Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E) is back to make us feel guilty about even the slightest bit of clutter in our homes. At the same time, we can be thankful we don't have to crawl through a "womb" of crap to get into our apartment, like Kevin does.

He has packed his Manhattan apartment so fully, that this child of one of the most famous television couples of the 1950s is sleeping on a park bench. And yet, with the threat of eviction hanging over him, he still struggled to relinquish any control to Dorothy Breininger in the clean-up.

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Kaley Cuoco Talks About Dating a Hoarder, on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 3:45AM
Kaley Cuoco, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Kaley Cuoco had the kernel of a great story on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), but it kind of fell apart on her. It started off great. Any time you say, "I walk in and he was a hoarder," you've got our attention.

It's interesting that the guy she was dating invited her in so casually, though, as most hoarders seem embarrassed about their home situation and tend to avoid letting people in.

Then she said she was going to tell us why it was bad to make out with a hoarder on their couch. We imagined piles falling on her, or rodents coming out of the couch, but no.

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'Hoarders' Checks Back on Five Cases, Including 'Rat Man' Glen (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 30th 2011 5:39AM
'Hoarders'To wrap its fourth season, the Emmy-nominated 'Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E) proved why it's such compelling and critically acclaimed television. The stories spotlighted are so fascinating and framed so well that we get emotionally invested in the people involved. We want them to get better!

The show went back to check in on five of the more memorable cases from Season 3. We got about what we expected, with some of the hoarders slipping back into old habits and resenting the show, while others had used it as a launching pad to correct their lives.

The aftercare funds, which help with ongoing therapy and professional organizing are the key to the successful transformations. It's when they were rejected generally that we saw people who just weren't ready to get better.

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Lisa Shocks Matt Paxton by Eating the Contents of a Jar on 'Hoarders' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 23rd 2011 6:21AM
Matt Paxton, 'Hoarders'As far as we're concerned, Matt Paxton is the breakout star of 'Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E). More than anyone else on the the "extreme cleaning specialist" tells it like it is, and doesn't take any crap from these afflicted people.

But he comes at it from a place of compassion and reason, trying to get through their sickness. In other words, Matt is very good at talking to the hoarders, and he's rarely at a loss for words of encouragement or chiding.

But this week, Lisa left him speechless. In the muck of her house, he and his team found an old peanut butter jar that still had something in it. Paxton described it as "black tar from 25 years ago." When he tried to throw it away, however, she insisted it was still good, and then ate a bit to prove it.

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'Hoarders' Takes on Animal Hoarding With Stacey's Cats and Dogs (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 16th 2011 6:21AM
'Hoarders' - 'Stacey/Roi'Stacey was a different brand of hoarder than the professionals on 'Hoarders' (Mon., 10PM ET on A&E) are used to dealing with, but her sickness was no less real and no less devastating to her family or her house.

She estimated there were 50 dogs and cats living in her house, but admitted she didn't even know how many there were any more. It was clearly more than she could handle, and enough to drive her 14-year old daughter out of the house to live with relatives.

Still, though, Stacey didn't want to give them up. Animal control forced the issue, but then reluctantly had to admit she could still have up to five dogs and five cats per city ordinance. They didn't think she should have any, but there was nothing they could do but monitor her.

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Marissa Breaks Down After Her Father Ron Throws Her Out on 'Hoarders' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 26th 2011 5:45AM
Marissa, 'Hoarders'It's sad and frustrating when it so often comes down to money in situations where someone needs help. On 'Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E), the therapy that these people need to help their condition is so prohibitively expensive for some of them, it's just a dream.

And then there are the peripheral people in their lives who've also been impacted. In Ron's story this week, that person is Marissa, his daughter who lashed out at cleaning specialist Cory Chalmers when he suggested she might benefit from seeing a doctor as well.

"I can't afford it! I'm tired of people telling me you need to do this ... I don't have the f****** money to do it!" she lamented. "I don't have the money to help him the way he needs to be helped."

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When 'Hoarders' Don't Want Help (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 7th 2010 3:20AM
'Hoarders'People with OCD are often in a mental struggle that's too much for them to handle. And sometimes that struggle leads them to lash out against those people who are trying to help them. 'Hoarders' (Mon., 9PM on AETV) takes a deeper look into one of the most misunderstood manifestations of OCD, and this week it brings out the ugly side of one of its participants.

Gordon and his family live in a home filled with junk that's coated with dust and decay, but none of them think they're hoarders. All four of them deny the condition one by one. "We just let things get out of hand," one says. "We just haven't gotten rid of anything," says another. And yet one more: "We are not hoarders. Never have been. Never will be. We are simply called collectors." Collectors of filthy junk apparently.

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Labor Day TV Marathons to Watch

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 3rd 2010 11:35AM
FX shows a 'Two and A Half Men' Labor Day marathon Ah, Labor Day weekend. A time when most will celebrate the last days of summer by going outside and enjoying the fresh air. Some of us, most probably many reading this right now, will celebrate a long weekend and the opportunity to work on our TV tan.

There are marathons to suit just about everybody, whether you love Charlie Sheen, smart new dramas, evil-looking fish, or just want to kill your husband. Plenty of shows will frequent network schedules, like 'Law & Order' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' but here are some multi-hour blocks for which to plan.

(All times noted are Eastern Time.)

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Professional Organizer Dorothy Breininger Talks 'Hoarders' Season 3 And Shares Clutter Control Tips

by Christine Champagne, posted Sep 2nd 2010 2:30PM
Image from the season 3 premiere of 'Hoarders' on A&EI can't say I enjoy watching 'Hoarders.' In fact, it is probably one of the most difficult shows on television to sit through. Still, like so many of you, I am addicted to the A&E series, which kicks off a third season of extreme clutter control with two new back-to-back episodes on Mon., Sept. 6 at 9PM ET.

"Season 3 is by far the most emotional season," said Dorothy Breininger, a professional organizer and consulting producer on the show who dares to enter the homes of hoarders all across America. "Before we were dealing with people who had stuff. Now we're dealing with people who have no other choice but to get rid of their stuff -- if they don't, they'll lose their homes and their families. This is it for them."

Recently, Breininger, who is also president and founder of the Delphi Center for Organization, spoke to TV Squad about the show and offered tips on how to let go of the stuff that is drowning not just hoarders but all of us living in a society in which we just can't get enough.

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A Woman Owns 97 Dogs and 15 Cats on 'Animal Hoarding' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 29th 2010 1:50AM
A Woman Owns 95 Dogs and 15 Cats on 'Animal Hoarding'We were not actually aware that people could hoard pets. Newspapers, yes. Trash and trinkets and even random canned goods -- these are all odd things that people collect, then hoard, and then refuse to throw out. But pets? Go figure.

On the series 'Confessions: Animal Hoarding' (Wed., 9PM ET on Animal Planet), we get to hang out with people who gather cute little furry animals. But these people gather them to such an extent that it begins to negatively influence their lives. One such person is Janice, who currently owns 97 dogs and 15 cats. Ummm ... that's a lot of dogs. And cats. (By the way, excluding all the other concerns, aren't the cats kind of unfairly outnumbered in this scenario?)

Janet's obsession has grown to such a point that her husband has become estranged from her. In other words, her love of animals has reached such an outrageous point that it's actually damaging her marriage. And did we mention that Janice currently lives in a trailer? Yes, a trailer. That's tiny! She keeps 112 different animals inside a small trailer. ... And let's not even get into the amount of poop and pee on the floor. You can just watch the clip yourself if you want to see all of that.

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Why We Watch: A&E's 'Intervention,' 'Hoarders' and Soon 'Obsessed,' Too?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 27th 2010 12:00PM
a_and_e_network_hoardersIn some ways, A&E has cornered the television market with reality documentary programs that deal with specific psychological ailments. You know the shows -- 'Intervention,' which deals with addictions and how they affect the individuals and the people in his/her life, and 'Hoarders,' which tackles the syndrome that has people unable to throw away objects to the extent that they are buried alive in debris.

On Monday, June 28, A&E relaunches a show that's in a similar vein called 'Obsessed,' focusing on compulsive disorders.

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