Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shows about stuff pile up in TV lineup

August 22, 2012


Stuff, it seems, is the stuff of cable programming. Millions of people watch other people appraise stuff, pawn stuff, pick stuff and sell stuff. There are entirely too many shows about storage lockers filled with unseen stuff that people bid on as if they were on some trashy version of “Let’s Make a Deal,” guessing the value of stuff behind Door No. 3.

Tonight on A&E;, you can watch an hour of “Storage Wars” reruns (7 and 7:30 p.m.) and then move on to “Storage Wars Texas” (8 and 8:30 p.m.). Presumably, after that you’ll be stuffed to the gills and ready for two helpings of “American Hoggers” (9 and 9:30 p.m.). As Ron Burgundy would say, “You stay classy, A&E.;”

While we’re on that subject, the History Channel offers four repeat helpings of “Cajun Pawn Stars” (7 through 9 p.m.), followed by two reruns of “American Restoration” (9 and 9:30 p.m.), where the search for stuff takes on a vintage feel.

Looking for stuff with something extra? “Haunted Collector” (7 p.m. and 8 p.m., Syfy) looks for (and presumably exorcises) items whose departed owners may not subscribe to the adage “you can’t take it with you.”

Of course, some people actually grow up before they die. But not the folks featured on “Toy Hunter” (8 and 8:30 p.m., Travel), people (sadly, mostly men my age) who never learned that the expression “toys in the attic” was not a compliment.

All these shows about stuff talk a lot about the price of things but say little about their true value — particularly when you add up the time spent in their pursuit.

Into this mix comes “Abandoned” (8 and 8:30 p.m., National Geographic), a 12-part series that follows urban scavengers as they explore and evaluate derelict buildings before the bulldozers arrive.

Tonight’s other highlights

• The last 10 face two eliminations on “So You Think You Can Dance” (7 p.m., Fox).

• “NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS) ventures into the realm of dreams.

• A polo star perseveres on “Royal Pains” (8 p.m., USA).

• Nail-biting in the waiting room on the season finale of “NY Med” (9 p.m., ABC).

• Tennis stars share anything but love on “Necessary Roughness” (9 p.m., USA).

• Mike takes on venomous critters in Australia on “Dirty Jobs” (9 p.m., Discovery).

• The gang finds the Robot Mafia’s secret stash on “Futurama” (9 p.m., Comedy Central).


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