“Storage Wars: New York” debuted its second season on A&E Network on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The spinoff of the popular series “Storage Wars” takes the urban junk hunt to the East Coast, where the adventurous treasure hunters play the game of chance while bidding on the contents of abandoned storage lockers.
According to information from A&E, “Storage Wars: New York” ranks as A&E’s number one new nonfiction series of the year among adults 25-54. During its January run, the series averaged 2.9 million total viewers, with 1.5 million adults aged 25-54 and 1.2 million adults aged 18-49.
When storage lockers are abandoned, the storage companies try to recoup their lost rent by opening them up and selling the contents, auction style, to the highest bidder. The bidding can get contentious, with the buyers constantly trying to outguess the competition and score the most profitable treasures.
The practice has created an industry for characters who purchase the contents with plans to find treasure that they can sell for a profit. They are not allowed to go through the contents of the lockers before bidding, so they are truly speculating.
New York, the biggest city in the nation, is a city with notoriously small apartments and storage dilemmas. The abandoned lockers could contain any number of forgotten treasurers. The buyers go through the items and try to sift the treasures from the trash, often consulting experts when they are stumped on the value of unusual items.
The returning cast of “Storage Wars: New York” includes: Joe P (“The Legend”), Mike (“The Hustler”), Candy and Courtney (“The Flame and The Firecracker”), Chris and Tad (“The Loud Mouth and “The Conscience”) and auctioneer John Luke. Big Steve is a larger than life character who is the newcomer in the group.
Two episodes premiered on Tuesday night. The season premiere was in Trenton, New Jersey. The second episode was in Harlem, New York. A&E will premiere new episodes on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., followed by new episodes of “Shipping Wars.”
“Storage Wars: New York” is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company for A&E Network. Executive producers are Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal, Jeff Conroy and Dolph Scott. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Fred Grinstein.
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