The reality TV show “Hoarders” is coming back.
Seattle, WA-based Screaming Flea Productions recently put out the call for real-life hoarders to appear on the program. The A&E cable TV network canceled the series in 2013 after six seasons, but sister network Lifetime did air a special in mid-2014 called “Hoarders: Where Are They Now?”
Now, A&E-owned Lifetime, which has been broadcasting “Hoarders” reruns, is resurrecting the show—apparently on a full-time basis.
To read an interview with “Hoarders” star Matt Paxton, visit blog.sparefoot.com/6192-interview-with-hoarders-star-matt-paxton.
‘Fascinating Look’ at Hoarding
In its casting call, Screaming Flea says the documentary-style series “provides a fascinating look into the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings has [led] them to extreme personal crisis.”
Each one-hour episode “captures the drama as mental health and organizational experts work to put each hoarder on the road to recovery,” the production company adds. “For some, throwing away even the tiniest thing—a button, an empty box—is truly an impossible task no matter the consequences. For others, professional help and an organizer’s guidance give them the strength to recover.”
Free services that hoarders who appear on the series could receive include mental health care, home organizing, professional cleanup and junk removal, Screaming Flea says.
If you or someone you know is a compulsive hoarder who needs help, Screaming Flea encourages you to apply at www.mylifetime.com/shows/hoarders, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-767-1804.
Screaming Flea is seeking hard-core hoarders who are willing to spend three to five days sharing their stories on camera.
“We understand that compulsive hoarding is an extremely emotional and difficult disorder,” the production company says, “and it is our hope that by sharing the personal stories of our guests it will help others realize they are not alone.”
George Butts, executive producer at Screaming Flea, referred questions about “Hoarders” to an A&E spokeswoman. The spokeswoman couldn’t be reached for comment. “Hoarders” star Matt Paxton told The SpareFoot Blog that he had no information about the reboot of the series.
Help for Hoarders
Robyn Reynolds, a professional organizer who has worked on “Hoarders,” applauded the impending return of the show, as it lets hoarders know that help is available.
“Most people are somewhat horrified that there are people who live in those conditions. They can’t imagine it,” Reynolds said.
“Even when clients are speaking with me on the phone for the first time, they are very quick to say they are not hoarders, as if that is the only way someone is disorganized,” she added. “The general public has no idea that there are many levels on the hoarding scale. The majority of us are on the lower end of the scale.”