More ‘Pawn Stars’ soap opera

According to Fox News, “Pawn Stars” dumped Oliva Black because she was formerly a model at the Suicide Girls nude website.

Apparently, she still works at the pawn shop.

We are pretty sure Big Rich has never modeled for Suicide Girls.

When we auditioned for a reality TV show for Kamaaina Loan, we asked the

staff to sign model releases, but nude modeling was not on our minds.

Pawn reality TV coming to Britain

The Pawn Stars franchise has announced it will televise a British version. The original, Nevada-based Pawn Stars is already big in Britain.

Apparently, television viewers just cannot get enough of us fascinating pawnbrokers — or is it the customers who keep them tuning in? In any event,

“We’re excited that Leftfield Pictures will be producing this new, original version of History’s most successful global brand,” Christian Murphy, senior VP of international programming and marketing for A&E Networks, said in a statement, reports WorldScreen. “This commission establishes a new model whereby History channels around the world will own this phenomenal franchise extension.”

It’s always nice to be a part of history.



Reality TV fight

According to gossip site TMZ, Wayne Jefferies, one-time manager of the Pawn Stars crew is suing them. The split came earlier this year:

But according to the suit, things fell apart earlier this year  . . . when network honchos became upset over a story Jefferies claims he leaked to TMZ. The story detailed how the “Pawn Stars” cast was blindsided when they learned A&E had commissioned a “Cajun Pawn Stars” spinoff.

First we’ve heard about Cajun Pawn Stars. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to watch hot pawn action around the clock.

More pawn reality TV

According to Zap2it, truTV is about to introduce yet another pawn shop reality show, Hard Core Pawn: Chicago:

Hardcore Pawn: ChicagoHardcore Pawn: Chicago – New series premieres Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
Hardcore Pawn: Chicago takes viewers behind the scenes at “the baddest pawn shop in Chicago.” One of the city’s largest and oldest establishments in the pawn and gold-buying business, Royal Pawn Shop is owned by Randy and Wayne Cohen, two brothers who don’t always see eye to eye, except when it comes to finding the best deals for the business. These over-the-top siblings will wheel and deal with just about anyone, from a sweet kindergarten teacher to an intimidating mob boss. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago comes to truTV from Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment. 


The original Hard Core Pawn is in Detroit, and is reported to be one of truTV’s biggest hits. Well, more power to ’em. I cannot see a “Hard Core Pawn: Maui” in anybody’s future, though.

That other reality TV pawn shop

Crowds flock to Las Vegas pawn shop

Pawn Stars shop flooded with customers and celebrity hunters

Right. While we’re working on turning Kamaaina Loan into a reality TV show, that other shop in Las Vegas is livin’ the life.

Now, it is, they are selling the stuff you’ve seen them buy on the show online.

Not sure why this is news; most pawnshops, ours included, have an online department.

Still, you might prefer to buy on line than to visit. We’re told that up to 4,000 Lookie Lous pass through the pawn shop a day, thanks to the popularity of Pawn Stars. The business has had to hire guards to separate the celebrity-seekers from the real customers. One stream to the left, one to the right.

Laughing all the way to the bank, we’re sure.


Gold and Pearl

So, we’ve been excited at Kamaaina Loan about (maybe) becoming the subject of a reality TV show. Here’s part of that reality: We’d have to leave Maui and tour.

Here’s a about “Hardcore Pawn” celebrity Seth Gold visiting the shop of our friends in Pearl, Mississippi. Pearl, Mississippi isn’t a very big place, but it has its own pawn shop.

The pawnshop in Pearl

Postmortem on the reality shoot

Bob McCullough of Pawn  Stories says he got enough good footage in 2 days to fill 3 30-minute shows  (with 22 or 23 minutes of program per show).

Our customers came through like champions.

Pick of the litter were 2 Father Damien postcards that were authenticated by out expert and valued at several hundred dollars.

So check the back of your desk drawer for old postcards, yeagh?

Dog of the days was probably the old home-remedy case containing about 20 vials of medicines that go back to the days of ancient Greece and beyond, like nux vomica (an emetic) and aconite (a nasty poison).

Most of the vials were empty, but the one marked “opium” still had 7 tablets in it. Our customer hadn’t noticed that.

The tablets may have been about 100 years old, and no doubt the opium has lost its potency by now. But we had to tell him, “We cannot buy opium.”

Stay tuned for even more news about reality pawn television.

Father Damien