VEGAS ROAD TRIP: hangin’ with Pawn Stars’ Rick & Chumlee

LAS VEGAS — What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — especially if it’s TV-related. On Tuesday, I swung by the famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop featured on Pawn Stars, now in its 10 year on History Television. The series — seen in Canada on Corus’ History specialty channel — has taped over 500 episodes… Read on



MIPCOM 2016: short takes

CANNES, France — One of the “stars” who walked the red carpet here Monday night was Rick Harrison. Yes, that Rick Harrison, Vegas gold & silver pawn shop proprietor best known for Pawn Stars. Now, no offense to Harrison, but when you hear red carpet, you don’t exactly think of this guy. Nobody’s ever gonna… Read on


Vegas slot machines: let the TV games begin

LAS VEGAS–The big game in Vegas these days seems to be television. Not just in terms of production (Pawn Stars, American Restoration and Counting Cars all shoot there), but in terms of gaming.Walking through the casinos, you can’t miss the many TV-themed slot machines. There’s a big bank of Sex and the City machines, usually… Read on


Father and son Pawn Stars take fame in stride

LAS VEGAS–In a few short years, Pawn Stars has become a multi-million dollar TV franchise. Sold around the world, translated into several languages, the simple little reality show continues to make history on History. Why has Pawn Stars connected? “There never really was quite a genre like this before us,” says Rick Harrison. “We’re sort… Read on



This week’s podcast: Pawn Stars rule Vegas

The Gold & Silver pawn shop featured on Pawn Stars LAS VEGAS–This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson tracks me down in Las Vegas, where I’m hangin’ with the dudes from Pawn Stars, American Restorations and Counting Cars. I’ve interviewed the Harrisons from Pawn Stars before, but it was fun and interesting meeting Rick Dale and getting… Read on


The Brioux Report: Rookie, Listener back strong

Shatner is arrested for hamming up the season premiere of Rookie Blue Yes, we took last week off. Yes, we’re late this week. What can I say. Summer intern wanted. Canadian TV shows like Rookie Blue and The Listener are back and hockey is still being played—summer must be around the corner. New episodes of… Read on


Pawn Stars’ Chumlee tells how he got his name

Pawn Stars returned a few weeks ago on History Television. The series, which airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., has turned Rick Harrison, his dad the “Old Man,” his son “Hoss” and favourite sidekick “Chumlee” into rock stars on the strip as I discovered on a trip to Vegas late last year. These guys are… Read on


This week’s podcast: my new chum Chumlee

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know what the hell I was doing down in Las Vegas. Told him I was here to interview the main dudes behind Pawn Stars, including the one and only Chumlee (right, eagerly taking the keys to my ’97 Lumina for 90 days plus interest).Chumlee, pawn shop owner Rick… Read on