This season, Syfy will premiere eighteen new and returning series – the most it’s ever produced for a single season. Things kick off in June with alternative/unscripted/reality programs Haunted Collector [new] and season two of Hollywood Treasure, with four scripted shows following in July: Alphas [new], Eureka, Haven and Warehouse 13. Plus there are several more series – scripted and unscripted – and Syfy Original Movies waiting in the wings. Syfy’s full press release after the jump.
What do James Bond [in all his various incarnations from Connery to Craig], Ghost Hunters and Hollywood Treasure have in common? They are all being marathoned [is that even a word?] for the Thanksgiving weekend. Then, to add to the multi-faceted fun, there’s an airing of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and the premiere of Triassic Attack – a Syfy Original directed by Eureka star, Colin Ferguson.
Details and times follow the jump.
May be if Antiques Roadshow actually auctioned stuff off like Syfy’s new reality series, Hollywood Treasure [Wednesdays, 10/9C], I’d watch it. That’s part of the unexpected charm of HT – not only do we get to see the folks at Joe Maddalena’s Profiles in History track down such cool collectible items as a Jupiter II Space Pod [from Lost in Space], or the carpetbag from Mary Poppins, we get to see them sold via auction. That’s quite a hook.
Joe Maddalena, who owns and operates Profiles in History, has a staff of knowledgeable colleagues – Brian Chanes, Jon Mankuta and Tracey McCall – who may not know everything there is to know about Hollywood memorabilia but know the people who know the stuff they don’t. The result is that when any of Profiles in History staff aren’t sure about something, they bring experts who do – something that makes the show relatable to a larger audience [though who doesn’t love learning about movie stuff?].
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A session with Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, an auction house that deals in Hollywood memorabilia and is the subject of Syfy’s new unscripted series, Hollywood Treasure [Wednesdays, 10/9C]. The series of twelve half-hour episodes, run in two-ep blocks, has a unique hook: it follows Maddalena and his Profiles in History colleagues – Brian Chanes, Jon Mankuta and Tracey McCall – as they track down and acquire unique movie and television items to auction – and then actually auction them off.
Maddalena, who has a very natural onscreen presence onscreen, proved to be a cheerfully gregarious spokesman for the series.
Jeanie’s bottle. We all wanted one at some point in time. All the girls wanted to be that pretty genie with the magical powers, and all the boys dreamed of having a hot genie like Barbara Eden to command. For those growing up with I Dream of Jeanie, or who watched the syndicated show many years later, the bottle represents irreplaceable memories of another era. And if you’re lucky enough, you might actually be able to own it now. The bottle that made Barbara Eden famous lives in her home office and will be up for auction, provided Joe Maddalena — the world’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia — is able to convince its owner to part with it.
There are many more unique items from Hollywood history including the Jupiter II Space Pod from Lost in Space; the biplane miniature from the original King Kong; Teal’C Jaffa costume from Stargate SG-1; the magic carpet bag held by Mary Poppins; and the Wicked Witch’s hat from the Wizard of Oz. In the end, you will not believe some of the final winning bids! It appears that memorabilia collecting is serious business. Yet despite some of those jaw-dropping numbers, the stories that go along with these distinctive items are even more fascinating.
For a fascinating look at the world of Hollywood memorabilia, be sure to tune in to Syfy’s new reality series, “Hollywood Treasure,” featuring Joe Maddalena, which will premiere Wednesday, October 27 with two back-to-back half-hour episodes at 10:00pm and 10:30pm. A review of the first two episodes follows the cut.