Syfy to Premiere 'Collection Intervention' Tuesday, August 14

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July 25th, 2012

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NEW YORK – July 25, 2012 – In Syfy’s newest reality series, Collection Intervention, premiering Tuesday, August 14 at 10PM (ET/PT), former Head of Special Collections at Christie’s Elyse Luray helps couples, families and individuals whose pop-culture memorabilia collections – from Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to Catwoman and Barbie – have become damaging obsessions, creating financial strife and a huge strain on their lives.


In each of the six hour-long episodes, Elyse will create a strategy that helps these collectors curate and showcase their collection by assessing where the true value lies and then allow them to decide what’s worth keeping and what they can sell. These massive collections include dining rooms stuffed with 30,000 comic books, a garage filled to the rafters with Catwoman memorabilia, and an almost uninhabitable house filled with Transformers. For each collector, parting with some of their collection may free up some much needed space in their home, provide a cash windfall to get out of debt, or even just allow a couple to become more focused on their relationship.


In the premiere episode titled “A Disturbance in the Force,” what started out as a single room dedicated to Star Wars has grown to take over the entire Concord, California home of Garet and Consetta. When Elyse quickly realizes the Star Wars collection has intense emotional meaning to Consetta, she fears that Consetta may not be able to part with a single item. If Elyse is going to help this couple take back their house, she’s going to have to use The Force to break through to them.


Also in the episode, disgruntled Los Angeles housewife Lolly calls Elyse to see if she can help her husband Mark let go of some of his extensive Catwoman collection so they can start to pay some bills. When Elyse sees the collection, which has overtaken their garage, she is stunned by the poor manner in which Mark has stored the collectibles he says he loves. Nonetheless, to save their relationship and pay down their debt, Elyse helps Mark identify what in his collection is truly important to him while pushing him to let go of what is not.


Collection Intervention is produced by High Noon Entertainment with executive producers Pam Healey, Jim Berger and Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees.


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  • Rebecca Fay

    Love your show. Finally, a show to address out of control collecting. My husband Scott is a collector. He has a storage unit for his overflow items and has much of the closets in the house filled with his stuff. He collects guitars and all things related like amplifiers. He doesn’t play. He keeps moving is stuff into larger rooms and soon after there is little room for him to even walk. Although he seems organized about it, there are many items which are still in boxes. Additionally, his collections have changed over his life time and he had kept all of the collections. He has a large train collections, a large baseball collections. Those other collections are also kept elsewhere. When I tell people about this obsession, they think its cool. I think he has a problem. He has maxed out his credit cards supporting this collection.

  • Suzy

    I smell a conflict of interest here. So the host goes through your stuff,
    determines in HER opinion what has value. Admits on screen that she’s also looking for things, and then lo and behold she winds up taking the people to A FRIEND and did she say “colleague”? You know she did! Then of course, the two
    work on the person to get a better price for the items. It’s like shes a scout for the store owner.. People PLEASE get thee to an appraiser! It doesn’t take a psychic, which I am, to figure out what’s going on here.
    Have an appraiser give you the value of your collection, so you have a real idea. Note to Ernesto,,,I’d talk my friend into seeing an appraiser first.
    Then contact the show.

  • Stephen Bjorndal

    I am shocked at the number of negative comments about the new show, Collection Intervention. I watched it tonight and found it compelling. Of course I am a compulsive “Collector”. I believe it is a Personality Disorder in that collectors will spend $ on their “hobby” at the expense of relationships and other responsibilities – like rent or the house payment. It actually helped me to sort out my collection quirks, and, of course, I could watch the host, Elyse, with the sound off. Can’t wait ’til next week’s episode! I may record them all and add them to my eclectic “collection”!

  • Apathostic

    TV and movie production companies, in conjunction with their entertainment output, also create a wide variety of merchandise and collectibles in huge quantities for sale at numerous venues, including malls, fast food outlets and on the Net, to be collected by thousands of people to varying degrees of obsessiveness. A new TV show, “Collection Intervention”, created by one of these very companies, t…ries to help these people, who have fallen into acute financial and emotional distress due to their obsessive collecting of this same merchandise created by these companies for purchase by these same collectors, that eventually drives them into financial and emotional distress, so that they can go on a TV show that will help them with the vey thing that these companies want these people to do. IT’S DOING MY HEAD IN!!!!!

  • Rick

    I saw this last night and ended up watching it – did not realize it was a new show until today. It was interesting to see what people collect and what the value seems to end up being for these treasures. Not sure I would tune in more than a couple of times though.

    As with any reality show, there is the inevitable cringing as the characters fail to appreciate how their decisions are impacting their lives. I could not help thinking though that Mark needed to take a good look at Lolly. Pretty sure it would make me forget Catwoman and everything else in the garage … maybe even the garage. :-)

  • Capt. Kirk

    Everyone has their own opinion, but I enjoy this show over something like Star Gate, ghost hunters or haunted house seekers, or wrestlin’. Most of the movies that Syfy Channel creates like Mansquito are horrible as well. By the way I also enjoy Face Off & enjoyed Scare Tatics.

  • Jalar

    I used to think Elyse Luray was a class act, but not after seeing she was willing to stoop to doing another hoarders’ reality show. These people need to be helped in private, not out on television to be gawked at.

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