No End in Sight for TV’s Obsession With Collectibles

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”) […]

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Jesse Ventura’s ‘Theory’ On Sarah Palin: ‘She’s A Quitter’

There’s no conspiracy here: Just an outspoken former pro wrestler turned Minnesota governor who’s now hosting a TV series that purports to expose secrets the government doesn’t want you to know. You got a problem with that? He’s Jesse Ventura, once known as “The Body” in his wrestling days and now holding forth on TruTV […]

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What TruTV’s ‘Black Gold’ Learned From The BP Oil Disaster

The producer behind some of the toughest shows on TV has grown accustomed to taking production crews where no production crews have gone before. He’s Thom Beers, the man whose company, Original Productions, has staked out some pretty far-flung territory for itself, including the cold ocean waters off Alaska (‘Deadliest Catch’), the Arctic Circle in […]

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‘Deadliest Catch’ Producer Blasts the Emmys

At least one producer is extremely unhappy with the Emmy awards. He’s Thom Beers, executive producer of brawny, blue-collar ‘docudrama’ programs such as ‘Deadliest Catch,’ ‘Black Gold,’ ‘Ice Road Truckers,’ ‘Ax Men’ and about a dozen others. He’s miffed that his signature show, Discovery Channel’s hugely popular ‘Deadliest Catch‘ – which had its most heart-wrenching […]

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