Wow. Let’s keep this in mind the next time we praise cable for offering us a bigger variety of shows: the History Channel is making a reality show about auctions for abandoned storage units called “Storage Wars.” Given the complete lack of action, drama, and danger in “Whale Wars” and “Wedding Cake Wars,” it’s safe to say that the word “wars” in a TV show title now means the exact opposite of the word “war.”
The show will not allow participants to go inside or take inventory of storage units, forcing them to make a bid from where they stand at the open door. Earlier this week, “Storage Wars” rolled through the California desert town of Victorville:
Jumping on the trash-to-treasure bandwagon behind hits like “Pawn Stars” and “Antiques Roadshow,” History Channel is preparing to launch its “Storage Wars” reality show this fall. The show, which is being produced by “Deadliest Catch” mastermind Thom Beers, will follow a cast of serious buyers who travel the country snatching up goods others have left behind. [Victorville Daily Press via TV Tattle]
There are three decent reasons to go to Victorville:  You’re conducting training for urban warfare at the abandoned Air Force base (it’s the closest approximation of an Iraqi town in America);  You’re traveling the rickety sunburnt remains of Route 66; and  meth. “Find treasure in a storage unit” doesn’t make the list. Unless you’re hoping to find a meth lab in the storage unit.
(photo by James Quigg)