Hollywood Treasure

| June 16, 2011

This is not your average trash-to-treasure program. By now you’d have to be a hermit crab not to know what American Pickers, Auction Hunters, and Pawn Stars are. These are the most popular shows on cable, my friends. Who could have suspected Syfy of all networks to throw in the trump card and make the best version of this idea? Hollywood Treasure takes the borderline tired format and throws on the pixie dust of Hollywood (and sometimes the pixie dust is even laced with the sweetest nectar of all guilty pleasures – Hoarders).
Each episode follows Joe Maddalena and his crew as they travel the globe searching for the most compelling, rare, and sought-after Hollywood memorabilia which they later auction in the program. Since this is a Syfy program, some items tend toward sci-fi movies, but other memorabilia still packs enough general appeal to keep everyone interested. Unlike some of the other aforementioned programs, the viewer gets to see the acquisition and sale of all the cool stuff. The price these things fetch at auction is jaw-dropping. If you’re fortunate enough to work on a movie set, COLLECT EVERYTHING. I think a person could even get a couple hundred bucks from a Gigli prop. Gigli for crying out loud! And the coolness of seeing something from a movie never wears off for me. (For example, I’ve never seen Gigli, but tell me “this is the napkin from Gigli” and I’ll “oooh” and “ahhh” a little).
The only weakness I see in this program right now is that the characters lack a little sizzle. I think it’s just one of those kinks that will be worked out in subsequent episodes. In fact, I am a few episodes behind (new episodes began airing on June 1st), so they may have already improved. The program airs on Syfy on Wednesdays at 10/9C, which would be awesome if it weren’t the same time slot as South Park. Maybe flip between the two or DVR one. If you don’t watch South Park and are looking for a fun show to watch with the family or just something cool to pass the time before bed, Hollywood Treasure is your ticket.

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