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Is it me or has Pawn Stars really changed to be way too scripted?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by unixadm, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. unixadm

    unixadm Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Jan 1, 2001
    Georgia, USA
    Started watching Pawn Stars in late 2012, my family and I really liked it and set up a season pass watching all the old episodes from 2009, 10, 11...we are pretty much caught up and watch the new episodes....but now it seems like the new episodes are getting ridiculously obvious that they are heavily scripted. Even my youngest son at 11 years old said something about all of it being scripted.

    I don't recall it being that obvious in earlier seasons...sure some stuff has to be to make it interesting, but I even wonder if some of the "sales" are fully scripted and not someone that came in off of the street with an interesting thing to sell.

    I notice that many of the "buddies" that Rick has that are "experts" in something end up with their own show....seems like it is becoming a way to introduce new characters to launch new spin off shows.

    The whole Chumlee stuff, and other interactions with the staff seem much more obviously scripted verses recording live, or taking something that really happened and re-creating it for the camera.
  2. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    Yes it's getting real bad, it has for the last few seasons. The bad thing is they're such terrible actors for them to pull it off. Rick really need to work on his mad face.
  3. Alfer

    Alfer New Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Yeah the show was amusing early on, but we've lost interest and pretty much have given up on it now.
  4. dtivouser

    dtivouser Tivoless

    Feb 10, 2004
    A recent episode was "Corey is broke" which didn't ring correct to me-- these guys all act like minimum wage employees but I've read that they are all pretty wealthy from this show, even Chum.
  5. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Active Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    St Louis, MO
    Same thing in Mountain Men. It seems like some writers get together and ask "what trouble can we have so and so get into?" and then they make it happen.
  6. pmyers

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    I FF through anything that is not pawn/selling related.
  7. worachj

    worachj Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Eagan, MN
    They’ve jump the shark for me with the new play along and guess the price junk they’ve added on the bottom of the screen. I hate that interactive twitter stuff!
  8. Alfer

    Alfer New Member

    Aug 7, 2003
  9. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    The number one reason networks will have interactive twitter stuff is to get you to watch the show live instead of later. If they think it's working then expect to see more of it, if not then they'll try something else.
  10. worachj

    worachj Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Eagan, MN
  11. worachj

    worachj Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Eagan, MN
    I'll gladly record the second airing if that crap is missing!
  12. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003
    IMO it's always been scripted, it's just getting more obvious.

    I remember in the early days when they would ask people if they wanted to pawn or to sell and occasionally someone would actually want to pawn. The customers always seem to be selling well less than market value (they have to, so the shop can make money). I'm guessing in a lot of cases the customers just want to be on TV.
  13. bruab

    bruab Shmegistrd Schmoozer TCF Club

    Nov 16, 2001
    DC Metro
    I noticed the same thing. There was an episode tonight where Rick tells Chum to put some valuable quarters in the storage room and he plays them in a vintage slot machine. It was like watching an episode of "I Love Lucy".
  14. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    I just watched a rerun from 2010 that really seemed so different than what's on now. I don't remember any story line at all. No drama, just pawn stuff. Well the only real drama was some guy that got belligerent when Rick told him that his item was a fake.

    And they didn't have to call in an expert for every item.
  15. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    You wonder? I thought it was pretty well known that a large percentage of the items shown on the show are placed (scripted) items.

    I actually assume that *all* the items are placed items at this point, given that the store functions more as a gift shop selling show merchandise than it does as a working pawn shop. There's still some pawn operations going on... but you certainly are never going to be dealing with any of the stars of the show, since they are never there except to film their segments.
  16. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    In Rebecca's Reddit AMA she was asked about planted items on this was her reply.

    "I have never filmed a scene to my knowledge where the book was planted. In my personal experience they have always been real sellers who actually own those books."

    When someone said she was using too many qualifiers in that statement she replied.

    "True, I'm being careful, but I really can only speak to my own experience. Anything else would be talking with no authority about stuff I've "heard," which I think is pretty well covered on the internet already :)"


    Of course that doesn't mean that they don't let her in on it or that others aren't faked.
  17. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    Drexel Hill, PA
    Wait till you see the exciting episode where the Old Man spends the whole time playing the slot machine to try to get the quarters out (sadly I am not making that up).
  18. ferrumpneuma

    ferrumpneuma fading fast

    Jun 1, 2006
    The guys seemed genuinely impressed with the Ooma phone system. Chumlee and his vmail message antics! What a scamp!
  19. classicX

    classicX Don't scream.

    May 10, 2006
    Miles away...
    I saw Chumlee on Top Gear, and he said he used to drive some beater as his first car, and now he drives a Range Rover and a Maserati.

    Not too bad, I suppose.
  20. ClutchBrake

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

    Sep 5, 2001
    Range Rover and a Maserati? He's going to need a lot of money to keep that combo running!

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