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Old 07-14-2014, 01:17 PM   #1
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Is it me or has Pawn Stars really changed to be way too scripted?

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.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:25 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:30 PM   #3
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Yeah the show was amusing early on, but we've lost interest and pretty much have given up on it now.
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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.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:20 PM   #5
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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.
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I FF through anything that is not pawn/selling related.
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:54 PM   #7
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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!
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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!
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:10 PM   #9
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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!
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.
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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.
Pawn Stars Net worth:
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/art...ars-net-worth/

Rick $8 million.
Old Man $8 million.
Cory $2.5 million.
Chumlee $5 million.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:27 PM   #11
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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.
I'll gladly record the second airing if that crap is missing!
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:56 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:25 PM   #13
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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".
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:47 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:16 PM   #15
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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.
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.
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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 "

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comment...n_pawn/cei9u7t

Of course that doesn't mean that they don't let her in on it or that others aren't faked.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:03 AM   #17
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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".
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).
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:26 AM   #18
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The guys seemed genuinely impressed with the Ooma phone system. Chumlee and his vmail message antics! What a scamp!
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:05 PM   #19
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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.
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.
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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.
Range Rover and a Maserati? He's going to need a lot of money to keep that combo running!
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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".
Actually, that was a story line on The Love Boat once.
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Range Rover and a Maserati? He's going to need a lot of money to keep that combo running!
In a Range Rover, you never drive past a gas station.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:10 PM   #23
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The guys seemed genuinely impressed with the Ooma phone system. Chumlee and his vmail message antics! What a scamp!
Let me guess Rick made his mad face, or horribly constipated I'm not sure which it's supposed to be.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:11 PM   #24
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You wonder? I thought it was pretty well known that a large percentage of the items shown on the show are placed (scripted) items.
If the cut all the scripted interpersonal drama, and added more scripted items I'd be thrilled.
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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
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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
That's the only time I see it too, but don't bother to record switch to history channel is usually on.
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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'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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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