Antique Trader features HISTORY’s breakout new hit PawnStars in Aug. 26 issue Rick Harrison, star of HISTORY’s new hit series, talks with Antique Trader on the antiques business, newfound fame and surviving in Las Vegas.
News-Antique.com - Aug 13,2009 - LAS VEGAS (Aug. 13, 2009) – The Aug. 26 edition of Antique Trader features an exclusive interview with the star Pawn Stars, HISTORY’s breakout new reality series. The cover feature is published in conjunction with a video podcast on http://www.AntiqueTrader.com/video.
The nation’s longest-running weekly newspaper about antiques and collectibles recently spoke with Rick Harrison, co-owner of Las Vegas’ Gold & Silver Pawn, the setting of the new series. The show (10 p.m. EST Sundays) has attracted 9.8 million viewers since its July 19 debut.
Pawn Stars captures three generations of the Harrisons working through the trials and tribulations of a family running an artifact filled pawn business. If Harrison or his father can’t determine the background on a particular antique or collectible, they call upon their network of experts for help.
Harrison told Antique Trader’s Online Editor Karen Knapstein in an exclusive interview that he was up for the challenge of starring in a major television series. His only request was that the pawn business was represented in a good light – or else he would guarantee there wouldn’t be a second season.
“I was pretty shocked,” he said. “It was actually a production company that called me up and wanted to know if I was interested. They did a little sizzle reel and the History Channel just loved it. Actually, they showed them the sizzle reel and they ordered the pilot three days later. When they saw the pilot they ordered the series two days later. It’s been a really fast ride.”
Antique Trader’s complete interview with Harrison, plus video and a photo slideshow is available at http://www.AntiqueTrader.com/video. Full episodes of HISTORY’s Pawn Stars may be found online at http://www.history.com/pawnstars.
Founded in 1952, Antique Trader is the nation’s long-running weekly newspaper about antiques and collectibles. Published in Iola, Wis., it includes articles on general antiques topics, auction reviews and antique-show reports. Its twice-weekly e-newsletters have more than 20,000 subscribers in addition to 35,000 subscribers to the printed edition.
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