|hoarders need to meet the pickers
You should get paid heavily for this idea for a show: hoarders meet pickers.
hoarding is treated as the compulsive illness that it is. and the pickers are opportunists with a heart of (rusty) gold.
I know but it's still vaguely exploitative treatment of illness for infotainment, right? (Obviously I haven't watched it--am just amazed at the niche programming these days. Like "gruesome ways to die"; "faces of death" videos used to be urban legend now it's part of your cable package.)
oh its exploitative. but they do throw in a special ocd therapist to help them through the process.
There's nothing like thousands of eyes watching to help with the therapy.
thats the reality part. there was this one show where the womans father and sisters blamed the husband for the horrible living conditions. the show revealed that the husband could let go easier of his hoarded materials than the wife could. meantime her family was on record saying she should make him change his hoarding ways or leave.
it was a study in co-dependence and which partner was actually driving the condition.
I have a couple of hoarding anecdotes but I don't want to talk about them on the internet because they involve people I know. I suppose the reality show aspect could be an intervention and beneficial (I'm sure the producers would like us to think that). Your example of a couple is more sympathetic than what I imagined, which is the lone recluse or cat lady suddenly having a spotlight shined in her burrow. That seems like it could be more damaging than just being left alone. I'm not saying I wouldn't enjoy the show--I spoiled a party conversation recently with a depressing-but-funny hoarder story (involving someone I did not personally know).
they a take a "were doing this for your own good" or "youve got to do it for the sake of the kids" approach to it, like Intervention. which is the pretense for a get out of jail free card for producers. but the trauma is so intense that its clearly a blood sport event.