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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. That Don Guy

    That Don Guy Now with more GB

    Mar 13, 2003
    Benicia, CA
    Actually, that was a story line on The Love Boat once.
  2. classicX

    classicX Don't scream.

    May 10, 2006
    Miles away...
    In a Range Rover, you never drive past a gas station.
  3. cannonz

    cannonz Active Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Let me guess Rick made his mad face, or horribly constipated I'm not sure which it's supposed to be.
  4. zordude

    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

    Sep 23, 2003
    Nashua, NH
    If the cut all the scripted interpersonal drama, and added more scripted items I'd be thrilled.
  5. Maui

    Maui Major Lee Oblivious

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    I have about 20 episodes backed up on the recorder that I have been toying with deleting but they are good fodder to watch when I am doing something else and only half watching the TV
  6. cannonz

    cannonz Active Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    That's the only time I see it too, but don't bother to record switch to history channel is usually on.
  7. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    I'm pretty sure 100% of the stuff is pre-scheduled. They don't sit around with a film crew waiting for interesting stuff to come in. When I went there about 15 minutes after I got there they announced they would be shutting down to film a segment and everyone would have to leave.
  8. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    Can I get to be the guy who says he's glad that he saved all of this waste of time by never watching in the first place?

    It is amazing how much money these reality TV stars can make.

    Cesar Millan, who at least has skills, has become a personal mega-empire.
  9. gschrock

    gschrock Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    They've certainly got people lined up out the door though. I happened to drive by the place a couple times when I was in Vegas a couple months ago. Both times had pretty significant lines to get in the building. I don't actually watch the show, and it took me a bit to realize that what I was driving by happened to be their store.
  10. pmyers

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    I have no problem with them "scripting" the deals. That just makes logistical sense....you have the experts on hand and do everything at one time.

    What I HATE is the scripted story lines between the deals. There just is no reason for it and I would challange them to find anybody that enjoys them and says it adds any value to the show.
  11. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Thanks for the AMA link! I missed it. Rebecca's my favorite "character" on the show.
  12. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    Not to mention that the time spent with scripts could be used for actual interaction with the customers.
    I've also read that the "stars" are only in the shop when they a recording a show.
  13. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    I can see that. I doubt they could get much actual work done when they are there. They would spend all their time getting their pictures taken and having people talk to them about the show. It's those stupid scripts, where they pretend that they're the only ones who work there, that really get annoying.
  14. bruab

    bruab Shmegistrd Schmoozer TCF Club

    Nov 16, 2001
    DC Metro
    So, why are you in this thread? Other than to plug Cesar Milan?
  15. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    The Tall City
    I can't speak about now, but a few years ago, I drove by the shop on a daily basis. I always saw the Old Man's truck in his parking spot by the front door in the mornings. The truck was usually gone by the time I went home and I know it was his both because it was on the show and I saw him driving it.

    If you look at the outside shots, you can tell from the shadows they are filmed just after sunrise. Most people are probably looking for them later in the day when the guys have already finished their day.

    I don't think they script, but they do setup somethings. I know of two items in specific that were brought in by friends of the guys. They wanted to be on TV and owned a historical item that the guys could talk about. Each deal is an appointment and someone probably had a good idea about the outcome, but they aren't reading from a script.

    And that famous scene where Chumlee got Dylan's autograph is 100% true. It was supposed to show him being dumb and instead he lucked out. And then he had an attack of the stupids and got it signed to himself and messed up the good fortune.
  16. R1elvis

    R1elvis Member

    May 16, 2014
    I live in Las Vegas, and had a bud on the show... While the item he sold was his, he said it took 10 takes to get what the producers wanted....
  17. pmyers

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    ...and none of that I have any problem with. It's the dumb things like they go visit the Hoover Dam or Chum has a garage sale that kills this show for me. Take that 5+ minutes wasted there and show another item.
  18. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    What grinds my gears on reality TV is the constant repetition where they cut to the "post real" interview where the "star" is talking to someone off camera (WHY?) and repeating what you just saw happen.

    "Hey, there's a Shell Oil sign."
    -- (cut to) "I saw that he had a Shell Oil sign."
  19. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

    Nov 9, 2002
    Agreed. They've pretty much ruined the show. It's become downright insulting.

    For awhile one of the ads that ran during the show was to contact them if you had interesting stuff you wanted to sell.
  20. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

    Nov 9, 2002
    You forgot his Rolls Royce.


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