January 28, 2013 7:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
TLC Sets 'Hoarding: Buried Alive' Return (Exclusive)
TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive is set to return in February as part of the network's new Wednesday lineup.
The show, one of the network's most-watched series, will premiere at 9 p.m. Feb. 13 preceding the return of My Strange Addiction. The series examines not only the habits of hoarders but also the psychology of their obsession as they struggle to regain control of their behavior with the help of expert therapists and professional organizers.
The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive look at the premiere episode, which introduces Karen, who by age 54 had endured the loss of two husbands and a child. The severe depression that directly followed drove her to hoarding.
Most affected by her problem are Karen’s children -- Joseph, 14, and David, 12 -- whose bedrooms she uses for storage. Because of her hoarding, none of their home's bedrooms or bathrooms have working electrical power. Karen also is facing the prospect of losing her children now that her situation has caught the attention of Child Protective Services.
Check out the clip above.