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Shows about storage units, pawn shops, auctions and artifacts in your attic continue to explode.
And we’re proud to say: We told you so! We first noted this rapidly growing, “unscripted” subgenre last March, when we took an inventory and came up with about 20 shows (starting with the granddaddy of them all, “Antiques Roadshow”) dealing, in one way or another, with the kind of stuff many of us have lying around the house – some of it collectible (i.e. sellable for decent money) and some of it not.
Twenty is a huge number for any category of TV show, but guess what – in recent weeks, five more of these “second-hand” series have emerged. Even more noteworthy, the genre is about to make a leap from cable to broadcast television with NBC and Fox each launching shows of their own in the category this summer.
Why bring this up now? Because one of these new ones premieres this coming week – “Storage Hunters” on TruTV, launching Tuesday night (June 21) at 10/9c (following the fourth-season premiere, at 9/8c, of “Hardcore Pawn”). It’s one of a handful of shows focused solely on the world of abandoned storage units and the colorful characters who buy their contents at on-site auctions. A&E already has “Storage Wars,” which has done so well that the cable channel is developing a Texas-based spinoff, “Storage Wars: Dallas.”