PAWN Stars is a popular television series that has been on the air for over 10 years.
The internet is speculating just how authentic the History Channel series is considering the high volume of content produced each year.
Insiders revealed that there are real and staged elements to Pawn Stars[/caption]
Is Pawn Stars real or staged?
Insiders revealed that there are real and staged elements to Pawn Stars.
Mike Hoover, who claimed to be an extra on the show, discussed his experience onset.
“[Visited] as tourists and my friend decided to buy a Cartier watch for his wife,” he said.
“The guy helping us said they were about to shoot a segment and asked if we would like to be extras and we said sure!”
Hoover said the sale took nearly an hour to film, translating into just five minutes of airtime.
He also revealed “they reran several scenes.”
“They brought that cool museum guy in to validate the piece. It didn’t appear to be scripted very much, but they did reshoot a couple of the negotiations.”
He added that the customer “didn’t ‘just walk in’ that day” and that producers “ran everyone out of the store except the 12 or so people that signed up to be extras.”
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What did the shop manager say about the show?
Shop manager, Travis Benton said the segments are curated after the store’s pawn brokers spot “unique items and show them to producers who decide if they are worthy of broadcasting.”
Filming days are planned in advance so usually a seller is asked to come back at a more suitable time.
“Once an item is deemed ‘possible TV material,’ its seller is coached on how to act while on camera,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Some people have a great item to sell, but they appear nervous on film. It can take several tries to get it right, depending on the person… Producers have cut items from the show because the seller could not ‘pull it together’ on camera, but it doesn’t happen often.”
It was reported that sellers are examined before they appear on Pawn Shop.
“Off camera we have to make sure that these people will actually sell the stuff at a reasonable price, otherwise they’re just trying to be on TV,” executive producer Brent Montgomery said. “We figured that out fairly quickly.”
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Montgomery also revealed he had to tell the cast to make more purchases of the items that were brought to the shop in the beginning.
He said: “ If we had a show where they never bought anything, it wouldn’t work well.”
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