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(TV By the Numbers)   Discovery debuts new reality series featuring four lovable North Carolina hicks who live to scour local flea markets, backyards, and junkyards for hidden treasures and sell them at auction. Are you not more entertained by this than Planet Earth?   (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com) divider line 91
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2013-10-01 03:03:03 PM  
What is this obsession with hillbillies?
 
2013-10-01 03:17:35 PM  
But are they nude when they do it?

/lots of nude shows lately on Discovery
 
2013-10-01 03:25:59 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: What is this obsession with hillbillies?


Hillbillies are the new hipsters.
 
2013-10-01 03:25:59 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: What is this obsession with hillbillies?


Most people's lives are probably better in comparison.
 
2013-10-01 03:26:02 PM  
They already did this

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2013-10-01 03:28:15 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: What is this obsession with hillbillies?


My guess: Hillbillies watch most of these shows, so they appreciate the navel-gazing.
 
2013-10-01 03:33:45 PM  
four lovable North Carolina hicks

I'm calling shenanigans.
 
2013-10-01 03:36:16 PM  
Planet Earth has been done to death. Land, water, clouds....was dinosaurs, now there isn't...geography, funny hats on those sand people...sometimes it rains. I get it already!

What I really need to know is how much can a man get for a set of 5 Dale Earnhardt Limited Edition Collector's Plates and a velvet painting of Elvis arm-wrestling Bigfoot.

That's a real world education, poindexter.
 
2013-10-01 03:41:28 PM  
Next in rotation: American Duck Pickers Auction Storage Metal Detector Tattoo Fixin' Wars

/at least they dont' fix up houses for poor people to go bankrupt trying to pay the taxes on
 
2013-10-01 03:43:19 PM  
But are they good church-going God-fearing people?
 
2013-10-01 03:44:06 PM  
Aren't there like 8 of these shows? Auctions, pawn shops, storage spaces, lawn sales, etc.

It's basically, "let's try to sucker other people out of their possessions for personal profit."

Might as well just watch CNBC.
 
2013-10-01 03:46:50 PM  
Yay, more competitive buying-shiat!
 
2013-10-01 03:48:06 PM  
Mission statement:

"Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement."

So, 'Dukes of Haggle' fills that bill, eh?
 
2013-10-01 03:52:21 PM  
I have a compulsion I can not stop to go to the D channels FB page and rant every time one of these new shows come out. I failed at not doing it again today.
 
2013-10-01 03:54:13 PM  

Badmoodman: Mission statement:

"Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement."

So, 'Dukes of Haggle' fills that bill, eh?


Have we crossed the peak of 'when will Idiocracy happen' to 'when did Idiocracy happen' yet?
 
2013-10-01 03:54:54 PM  
Sadly, shows like this are watched more than the documentaries. We are in the minority here, and the simple-minded spend their money freely.
 
2013-10-01 03:55:52 PM  

tillerman35: Next in rotation: Little Miss American Duck Pickers Auction Storage Metal Detector Tattoo Fixin' War Princess Moms



Fixed, sort of, but there's probably a bunch more you could tack on
 
2013-10-01 03:56:47 PM  
Ugh, why would anyone want to watch a bunch of rednecks doing hard work and sweating to make a living? I'd much rather watch a show about twenty-somethings who still live at home hanging out in Starbucks to complain about the lack of high paying jobs for people with no marketable skills.  It'd be just like visiting Fark!
 
2013-10-01 03:59:05 PM  
I was working on an actual science-y documentary program for the Discovery Channel earlier this summer, which was very suddenly "cancelled" by Discovery in mid-production to make room in their fall lineup for more shows like this one ... so, I'm not getting a kick.  -_-
 
2013-10-01 03:59:12 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
Simpsons did it.

/hey Ma! Get off the dang roof!
 
2013-10-01 03:59:33 PM  

enik: Ugh, why would anyone want to watch a bunch of rednecks doing hard work and sweating to make a living? I'd much rather watch a show about twenty-somethings who still live at home hanging out in Starbucks to complain about the lack of high paying jobs for people with no marketable skills.  It'd be just like visiting Fark!



So no one told us life was gonna be this way.
 
2013-10-01 04:03:59 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: velvet painting of Elvis arm-wrestling Bigfoot.


Guess what painting I want now?????
 
2013-10-01 04:04:35 PM  

enik: Ugh, why would anyone want to watch a bunch of rednecks doing hard work and sweating to make a living? I'd much rather watch a show about twenty-somethings who still live at home hanging out in Starbucks to complain about the lack of high paying jobs for people with no marketable skills.  It'd be just like visiting Fark!


You made me spit out my latte in wounded rage. I don't have a high paying job to order another.

The real crime here is yet another "hey look any idiot can find something worth a billion dollars in a junkyard or storage locker" show. The exaggerated accents and fake hillbillies are just the cherry on top of another pile of "reality" TV turd sundae.
 
2013-10-01 04:05:04 PM  
Discovery: Adventures in Hickdom
TLC: That Fat Kid and Her Fatty Family
History Channel:  UFOs and Hitler

Sounds about right to me.
 
2013-10-01 04:05:54 PM  
I thought there were no more strata of rednecks, hillbillies, and inbred yokels to mine. I was wrong.
 
2013-10-01 04:06:40 PM  

tillerman35: Next in rotation: American Duck Pickers Auction Storage Metal Detector Tattoo Fixin' Wars

/at least they dont' fix up houses for poor people to go bankrupt trying to pay the taxes on


You forgot about ice-driving and crab boats.
 
2013-10-01 04:09:11 PM  
Someone want to tell me again why I''m an elitist hipster snob because I don't own a tv?
 
2013-10-01 04:09:36 PM  

abhorrent1: They already did this

[t1.gstatic.com image 259x194]


And I prefer that show to any of the others in the look-at-this-weird-stuff genre. Auctions aren't nearly as squicky as pawn shops or storage lockers and there isn't a scrap of interpersonal conflict in Gallery 63. They brought in a couple wiseguy pickers from Michigan just to have some and I think they only lasted the one season.
 
2013-10-01 04:14:11 PM  
The Discover channel used to be really good.  Then the crab fishermen show came out.  That was mostly because the people fishing were interesting and the editors back home knew how to thread a narrative out of it. They also would have recaps with Coast Guard types and marine biologists. The fishermen would talk about their rigs, the radar, the ecosystem, and migration patterns.

The suits decided that it was all about men doing blue collar jobs and Alaska. They missed the point.  Thus began the descent into Honey Boo Boo Collects a Paycheck.
 
2013-10-01 04:16:41 PM  

Old enough to know better: Someone want to tell me again why I''m an elitist hipster snob because I don't own a tv?


Because you point it out ...
 
2013-10-01 04:19:26 PM  
tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com

Someone pitch Hillbilly Firefighters.
 
2013-10-01 04:21:11 PM  
There is actually an entertaining version of this on public television called "Market Warriors." Except it's not hillbillies but 4 people who are art collectors or other experts in antiquities. They go to flea markets with a set amount of cash and a category of item to buy, e.g. WWII memorabilia, and then whatever they buy is then put up for auction at a high-end auction house at show's end. It's a competition to see who made the most "profit," i.e if one person spent $400 for an item and it sells for $600 - profit. Anyway, it's a good show...not stupid or anything. The four folks are great on camera and it doesn't take itself too serious. And you can learn a LOT about the perceived value of stuff versus actual value.
 
2013-10-01 04:28:42 PM  

abhorrent1: They already did this

[t1.gstatic.com image 259x194]


I'd auction his king.
 
2013-10-01 04:31:24 PM  
Xrist, not more of this.

I own a farm. Lately, about once a week someone will come up the driveway and annoy the ever-lovin' fark out of me wanting to "look through the barns" for something. All these antique shows have convinced half the population that they can be rich by finding some valuable item in someone's barn, then screwing the owner out of a good price so they can re-sell it at a profit.

I have actually considered putting a gate at the end of the driveway, backed with several IEDs.

Last Sunday I was washing the car when some asshole in a pickup drives up. He gets out and immediately starts talking: "Oh, here you are! I thought you might be at church. Haw ha ha! I see you're washing the car! Good day for it. Hey, can I get you to wash my truck? Haw hah hah!"

You get the point.

So I give him a level stare and say "Can I help you?"

"I work for (insert name of shop here) and we are looking to things to sell and I wondered if you would mind if I looked through your barns for things."

"If something was valuable to me, I stored it in the barn. If it wasn't, I took it too the dump. So if it's in the barn, it's not something I want to sell."

"But I might see something we have a market for! Good money!"

"And I'm not really wild about the idea of strangers wandering around my place. Would you want me in your house?"

"We can offer you commission if you don't want a flat price."

"What I want is for you to get back in your truck and take it down the driveway."

Start dealing with these bozos every weekend and it will positively spoil your view of humanity.
 
2013-10-01 04:33:16 PM  

Old enough to know better: Someone want to tell me again why I''m an elitist hipster snob because I don't own a tv?


I don't own any books because I heard the Twilight series really sucks.
 
2013-10-01 04:50:38 PM  

BrianGriffin: There is actually an entertaining version of this on public television called "Market Warriors." Except it's not hillbillies but 4 people who are art collectors or other experts in antiquities. They go to flea markets with a set amount of cash and a category of item to buy, e.g. WWII memorabilia, and then whatever they buy is then put up for auction at a high-end auction house at show's end. It's a competition to see who made the most "profit," i.e if one person spent $400 for an item and it sells for $600 - profit. Anyway, it's a good show...not stupid or anything. The four folks are great on camera and it doesn't take itself too serious. And you can learn a LOT about the perceived value of stuff versus actual value.


I like that show and if it is the one I am thinking of, the blonde chick is hot
 
2013-10-01 05:03:05 PM  

BrianGriffin: There is actually an entertaining version of this on public television called "Market Warriors." Except it's not hillbillies but 4 people who are art collectors or other experts in antiquities. They go to flea markets with a set amount of cash and a category of item to buy, e.g. WWII memorabilia, and then whatever they buy is then put up for auction at a high-end auction house at show's end. It's a competition to see who made the most "profit," i.e if one person spent $400 for an item and it sells for $600 - profit. Anyway, it's a good show...not stupid or anything. The four folks are great on camera and it doesn't take itself too serious. And you can learn a LOT about the perceived value of stuff versus actual value.


It's good, but it suffers a lot because their experts don't know anything and they have them set up to fail: they buy at antique markets and sell at auction, which means they're buying retail and selling wholesale.

The UK version of the show (the name escapes me) is so much better, as the people know what they're looking for, and actually do find sleepers.
 
2013-10-01 05:09:18 PM  

enik: Ugh, why would anyone want to watch a bunch of rednecks doing hard work and sweating to make a living?


Why did you write this sentence sarcastically? Entertainment typically involves drama and/or comedy.
 
2013-10-01 05:14:44 PM  
I liked "Dirty Money", I guess I was the only one...
 
2013-10-01 05:23:22 PM  
Sounds like a rip-off of PBS "Market Warriors".
 
2013-10-01 05:30:22 PM  
Discovery needs a show that captures the life of a park ranger in Yellowstone.
I was in the welcome center/ranger area and the questions I heard....I laughed for days.

The things they hear, questions they are asked...comedy gold....Americans are embarrassing.
 
2013-10-01 05:35:14 PM  
So, Trailer Park Boys Live?
 
2013-10-01 05:35:41 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: Start dealing with these bozos every weekend and it will positively spoil your view of humanity.


I'm not sure what is worse, those people or the scrappers that leave notes on my door telling me they will haul away my "Junk Car" for free.


/For the record it is a registered and insured Triumph TR6 parked in an open carport underneath a custom fit car cover.
//Yes I have set up a security camera
 
2013-10-01 05:38:02 PM  
A good deal of the time, the so called experts on market warriors lose their collective asses because they don't know what they're buying and the auctioneer - who usually IS an expert - tells how they screwed up.  It's a cautionary tale.

I went to Neal Auction a lot this spring and summer, just not on the nights of this fiasco. They pumped it up every week from the auction bench though.  On Saturday nights, if you hung around you could get some good stuff, but like every other auction I've been to, the sellers with the good stuff move on when they see they're not going to get the prices they want and other sellers with crap move in and the auction isn't worth the time and gas anymore.  Now Neal has crowds 1/3 the size of what they had back in spring and early summer.
 
2013-10-01 05:48:15 PM  

phaseolus: tillerman35: Next in rotation: Little Miss American Duck Pickers Auction Storage Metal Detector Tattoo Fixin' War Princess Moms


Fixed, sort of, but there's probably a bunch more you could tack on


Need to work in Alaska and real estate somehow.

Gosling: abhorrent1: They already did this

[t1.gstatic.com image 259x194]

And I prefer that show to any of the others in the look-at-this-weird-stuff genre. Auctions aren't nearly as squicky as pawn shops or storage lockers and there isn't a scrap of interpersonal conflict in Gallery 63. They brought in a couple wiseguy pickers from Michigan just to have some and I think they only lasted the one season.


I really hope you're right, I stopped watching that show because of those two tools. I wholeheartedly wanted to see those two lose money.
 
2013-10-01 05:52:41 PM  
Are there any TV shows with any semblance of humanity? Because everything I see is so far removed from actual human emotion or circumstance that it's getting scary.
 
2013-10-01 05:55:42 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: Xrist, not more of this.

I own a farm. Lately, about once a week someone will come up the driveway and annoy the ever-lovin' fark out of me wanting to "look through the barns" for something. All these antique shows have convinced half the population that they can be rich by finding some valuable item in someone's barn, then screwing the owner out of a good price so they can re-sell it at a profit.

I have actually considered putting a gate at the end of the driveway, backed with several IEDs.

Last Sunday I was washing the car when some asshole in a pickup drives up. He gets out and immediately starts talking: "Oh, here you are! I thought you might be at church. Haw ha ha! I see you're washing the car! Good day for it. Hey, can I get you to wash my truck? Haw hah hah!"

You get the point.

So I give him a level stare and say "Can I help you?"

"I work for (insert name of shop here) and we are looking to things to sell and I wondered if you would mind if I looked through your barns for things."

"If something was valuable to me, I stored it in the barn. If it wasn't, I took it too the dump. So if it's in the barn, it's not something I want to sell."

"But I might see something we have a market for! Good money!"

"And I'm not really wild about the idea of strangers wandering around my place. Would you want me in your house?"

"We can offer you commission if you don't want a flat price."

"What I want is for you to get back in your truck and take it down the driveway."

Start dealing with these bozos every weekend and it will positively spoil your view of humanity.


Wow, that farking obnoxious.

litespeed74: Discovery needs a show that captures the life of a park ranger in Yellowstone.
I was in the welcome center/ranger area and the questions I heard....I laughed for days.

The things they hear, questions they are asked...comedy gold....Americans are embarrassing.


I think that's true for any job that deals with the public. I have dozens of stories from my 4 years at Blockbuster and my 3 years as a collector. Oh, and BTW, all those repo shows are complete bullshiat.
 
2013-10-01 06:01:33 PM  

Foxxinnia: Are there any TV shows with any semblance of humanity? Because everything I see is so far removed from actual human emotion or circumstance that it's getting scary.


Regular show.
 
2013-10-01 06:05:09 PM  
Sounds high-brow, give me a show where a guy mows his lawn or maybe the neighbor's daughter sunbathing.
 
2013-10-01 06:10:27 PM  

YoOjo: Sounds high-brow, give me a show where a guy mows his lawn or maybe the neighbor's daughter sunbathing.


A guy mowing the neighbor's daughter while sunbathing sounds more like pay-cable than basic.
 
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