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History has tapped actor and comedian Christopher Titus as the host of “Pawnography,” the gameshow spinoff of its hit reality show, “Pawn Stars,” TheWrap has learned. Titus will host the show while the stars of “Pawn Stars,” Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell compete against others in three rounds of trivia with actual objects from Harrison's prized collections at stake. Also read: ‘Pawn Stars’ Regular Danny ‘The Count’ Koker Gets Spinoff Series on History Viewers will remember Titus as the star of his own Fox series in the Early-2000s. His other TV credits include “CSI: Miami,” “Big Shots, »
- Jethro Nededog
It seems like Las Vegas has suddenly become a mecca for reality shows, but it’s been hosting productions for over a decade — there’s just more now than ever.
“The success of shows like ‘Pawn Stars,’ ‘Counting Cars’ and ‘American Restoration’ has definitely put us higher on the list of reality show locations,” says Eric Preiss, director of the Nevada Film Office. “But we’ve had a lot of reality, back to ‘The Real World’ (season 12) on MTV.”
Sunny skies, easy permitting and proximity to Los Angeles are big draws, but business-friendly regulations have also spurred production. Preiss says about 90 reality shows filmed episodes or entire seasons in Las Vegas in 2012. The number shot to 150 in 2013. “I think this year we’ll see an even bigger increase, »
- Paula Hendrickson
History’s top draws today are reality shows starring characters like the Old Man and Chumlee from “Pawn Stars,” but not so long ago History was considered cable’s pre-eminent World Ward II channel — even jokingly called the Hitler Channel by some. That was before shows like “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” helped History evolve into the category-defining brand it is today.
Hard-core history buffs might not think reality shows fit well with the History brand, but these shows share entertaining ways of doling out facts in easily digestible bites.
“It was a very deliberate and strategic decision to move to character-driven series,” says Dirk Hoogstra, executive VP and general manager of History and H2. “We looked for characters that fit into what we deemed the DNA of History. There’s insight and information built into all of our series. Our viewers expect that from us.”
“Ice Road Truckers” was »
- Paula Hendrickson
While the work can be grueling, there's definitely an upside to doing restoration work for Rick Dale of Rick's Restorations in Las Vegas -- and it's not just being on television. In this exclusive clip from the coming episode of "American Restoration" (airing Thurs. June 5 at 10:00 p.m. on History), funk legend George Clinton drops by with a 1923 Chickering quarter baby grand piano. It's water damaged from a flood, but it holds four decades worth of memories for Clinton, who wrote and recorded some of his most memorable songs on it. In this exclusive clip, he proves that a piano doesn't have to be in tune to bust out some P-Funk awesomeness. The show, which will air back-to-back half-hour episodes for six weeks, is just the beginning. Dale is bringing in some big jobs this season, including a knife throwing board from David Copperfield’s Museum of Conjuring Arts, »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Pawnography will be a half-hour game show taped in front of a live studio audience in Las Vegas. The game is simple: contestants will be put up against each other and Pawn Stars cast members Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Chumlee Russell in a three round game of trivia to win prize money and items from the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawnshop, the family business featured on the show.
“The cherished items up for grabs are from Rick’s personal collection and he doesn’t want to give them up – this is the only game show that doesn’t want the contestants to win,” reads the official description.
An open casting call for Pawnography contestants will take place Saturday, May 3 in Las Vegas.
The channel and producers who brought you Pawn Stars — and more Pawn Stars — now brings you Pawnography, a game show starring the guys from Pawn Stars. History has given a 10-episode order for the new show from Leftfield Pictures, which pits the guys from the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop against contestants in three rounds of trivia questions that get progressively tougher. Prizes include cash and items from the pawn shop. Items that — here’s the kicker — owner Rick Harrison, doesn’t want to give up and will battle to keep. Harrison, his son Corey and their sidekick Chumlee will appear in each episode, which will be filmed in Las Vegas with a live audience. Pawnography is set to premiere in the summer. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
One of cable’s most popular series is getting a game show spin-off. History is set to announce Pawnography, a game show version of its long-running hit Pawn Stars.
The half-hour show will be set in Las Vegas and taped in front of a live studio audience. In each episode, contestants will compete against each other and the Pawn Stars cast in rounds of trivia questions that escalate in difficulty. At stake are cash prizes and coveted items from the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawnshop co-owner Rick Harrison’s personal collection. In each episode, Rick and Corey Harrison, along with Chumlee Russell, »
- James Hibberd
Pawn Stars' Chumlee is doing just fine, despite an earlier report that the History Channel reality star had actually passed away. Chumlee (real name: Austin Russell) debunked rumors of a death hoax via Twitter on Wednesday, March 12. "May we live long, Rich forever," the 31-year-old wrote. His costar, Rick Harrison, also set the record straight. ".@chumlee_ is Alive & Well! He is 101 lbs down & in the best health of his life! Thanks for your concern! He is filming today at Gs Pawn," Harrison, 48, wrote. [...] »
Chumlee Death Hoax
The rumor was reportedly started by a website called EBuzzd. The site alleged that Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Russell, died of an apparent heart attack at age 31. The website later recanted their story, took it down, and stated their happiness that he was still alive.
Soon enough, though, the rumor of Chumlee’s death went viral, causing fans of the TV personality to offer their condolences. In reponse, Chumlee tweeted, “May we live long, Rich forever.”
May we live long, Rich forever.
— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) March 12, 2014
The "Pawn Star" patriarch known as The Old Man was unwittingly lured into helping a violent motorcycle gang beat serious criminal charges ... so claims The Old Man's son.The Old Man recently hosted a Valentine's Day party for the infamous Vagos biker gang at his Vegas home. The gang wanted The Old Man to host because of his fame, banking on the fact that lots of people would attend and plunk money down to win various raffles. »
- TMZ Staff
After an autistic boy reached out to the History Channel star to sell his Game Boy, Harrison sent the fan a very sweet letter. The boy's mother shared Harrison's letter on Reddit, explaining that she'd sent her son's letter to Harrison, along with a note of her own, detailing her son's condition and his love of the show.
"Little J is a huge fan of the TV show, 'Pawn Stars' and he talks about the show incessantly," the mother says. "I encouraged him to write them a letter, which he did, and he offered to sell his Game Boy to them for $30. I added a cover letter, describing J and his autism, and although I told them that I didn't expect them to actually buy his [Game Boy], I did »
Rick Harrison comes off as gruff on his TV show, Pawn Stars, but he showed a sweeter, softer side of his personality in a note he wrote to a young fan. Harrison, 48, who runs the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, got a fan letter from a young boy with autism and he was so touched by the note that he responded. The boy's mom, who goes by the screen name MrsLeslie, posted Harrison's letter on Reddit, explaining, "Little J is a huge fan of the TV show, Pawn Stars and he talks about the show incessantly. I encouraged »
- K.C. Blumm
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