A new “Pawn Stars” spinoff series has reportedly riled up History Channel’s original pawn-shop kings.
TMZ.com quotes unnamed sources from the production team on the original “Pawn Stars” who say the “Pawn Stars” guys — patriarch Richard Harrison, brothers Rick and Corey Harrison and lovable shop employee Chumlee — feel they were “blindsided” when History introduced a new “Pawn” show set in Louisiana, “Cajun Pawn Stars.”
“Cajun Pawn Stars” — filmed at the Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center in Alexandria, La., owned and operated by Jimmie DeRamus and his family — premiered with little fanfare just this past Sunday night on History (10/9c). Predictably, it follows the same format as the original “Pawn Stars” — people come in the store seeking money for various valuables (or not-so-valuables) and collectibles and DeRamus and his cohorts assess their value and haggle with them over the price.
According to TMZ, the original Las Vegas-based “Pawn Stars” guys — whose show is the highest-rated series on History Channel — believe they were promised previously that History would never produce a spinoff of their show. Moreover, the TMZ story alleges, the “Pawn Stars” guys weren’t informed of the “Cajun” spinoff until just “a few weeks” before the “Cajun” version premiered.
Our take: Well, boo hoo hoo, “Pawn Stars.” If this story is accurate, then the Harrisons and Chumlee are a bunch of crybabies. History Channel turned them into TV stars. Why shouldn’t History make another “Pawn Stars” show, located somewhere far away? Last time we checked, there were 22 hours of prime time each week to fill — surely there’s room for two pawn shop shows on the History Channel schedule.