Not junk: A&E orders 'Garage Sale'


A&E Network is perusing stars' garage sales for an unscripted pilot created and hosted by Illeana Douglas.

The cable network has shot a pilot for the project, titled "Celebrity Garage Sale," which features Douglas trying to help her famous friends get rid of their unwanted junk, personal items and dusty memorabilia by having their own garage sale.

The premise of a show in which celebrities hold garage sales for charity is said to have long been a "pet project" for Douglas. The pilot features Tom Arnold, whose garage sale is said to have raised $5,000 for Camp del Corazon, a summer camp for children with heart disease.

"I've always been a garage sale fanatic, but the fun of a celebrity garage sale is that their throwaways become someone else's collectables -- like an 'Antiques Roadshow' to the stars," she said. "After all, it's not just junk -- it's celebrity junk!"

"Garage Sale" is produced by Franzke Entertainment, with Douglas and David Franzke serving as executive producers. Robert Sharenow and Neil Cohen are the exec producers for A&E.

Douglas, whose recent credits include "Factory Girl" and ABC's "Ugly Betty," also wrote, directed, produced and starred in the Oxygen pilot "Illeanarama," based on her short "Supermarket," and developed and starred in the Bravo pilot "Confessions of a Movie Lover."

She is repped by Rebel Entertainment Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.