You won’t catch me watching Dancing With The Has Been Stars, Survivor, Biggest Loser or The Voice.
But there’s one reality nugget that’s got me sucked in.
It’s the Las Vegas PAWN STARS on History Channel that has quietly become one of cable’s biggest hits and is apparently only surpassed in the genre by JERSEY SHORE.
Leftfield Pictures, the production company behind PAWN STARS, cranks out 40 to 50 half hour shows a year which have made owners Rick Harrison, Richard ‘The Old Man’ Harrison and Corey ‘Big Hoss’ Harrison, worlwide stars. Austin ‘Chumlee’ Russell ain’t doing bad either.
PAWN STARS airs in no less than 35 countries. From India to Serbia, Germany to Great Britain, Australia to Poland and Thailand, people are fascinated with the show’s haggling process, not to mention the often unusual and quirky items coming in through the pawn shop’s front door.
But they’re hot enough to appear on David Letterman, Jay Leno and the TODAY SHOW just to name a few.
What’s more their store has become a major Las Vegas destination!
As visitors from all over the world pounce on Sin City, the must-sees usually include The Fountains at Bellagio, the Mirage’s Volcanos—and GOLD & SILVER PAWN, home of the pawn stars.
Depending on the weather and season, between 2,000 and 3,000 out-of-towners visit the place daily. They line up outside and are only admitted as others leave.
There usually are a few. Like not seeing the pawn stars themselves at the store in person. They’re usually only in sight during taping sessions four days a week.
Another surprise to many a visitor is the size of the place which comes across much larger on television.
Is it a tourist trap?
Yeah, kinda, with all sorts of PAWN STARS souvenirs for sale at the store. Need an I LOVE CHUMLEE t-shirt, hat, cup or cap? The selection is plentiful. Same goes for key chains, bobbleheads and mouse pads.
And this week being the annual Global Gaming Expo in Vegas, Bally Technologies is introducing new PAWN STARS slot machines to the world.
Where IS the place?
Not in the best part of town. It’s north of the Strip, past the Stratosphere at 713 South Las Vegas Boulevard. You can’t miss it. Just look for the long line of people trying to get in and with a bail bond business and tattoo parlor close by.