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Steve Carell to guest on 'Pawn Stars'

Because this reality show is not the slightest bit staged

By Corey Levitan Feb 19, 2013 6:48PM

When Steve Carell guest stars on the March 11 episode of "Pawn Stars," will fans finally realize how staged this reality show really is?

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According to EW, Carrell will be shown browsing around the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, "drawing the attention of Rick, Old Man, Corey, and Chumlee, and negotiating with Rick over an item that he’s interested in buying."

That's right, the guys will have no previous knowledge of Carrell's visit -- even though he will also be there to shoot a "Pawn Stars" tie-in advertisement for his upcoming film, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," which will air during the same episode.

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I'll let you in on a secret, because I live in Las Vegas. When the show is shooting, they stuff the shop with actors and extras and close it off to the perennially long line of tourists outside. And when it's not filming and tourists are allowed to enter, the shop's famous faces almost never bother coming out front to the counter.


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I'm sorry. But someone had to tell you about Santa Claus, too. So now at least you know what you're getting when you wait in line to see him.

"Pawn Stars" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the History Channel.

Feb 22, 2014 10:22PM
Hey- it is a great show and it does have some very interesting pieces. They are a business and not a charity so we must understand this. I think the guys are great-real people and interesting.
Rick is an intelligent and cool guy. The Old Man is a tough cookie-no-one to mess with-he is a savy dealer and has been around the block and knows life-I respect him. The boys are also cool. Basically, I love this show and wish them the best!
Feb 21, 2013 12:19AM
Do you think these clowns would even give you a hanky to blow your nose without charging you.Blow snot bombs on their sidewalk.They take advantage of desperation.What a wonderful society the ones before has created.
Feb 21, 2013 12:00AM
**NotRick: Didn't you say those douche bags called Metro on you because people were asking for your autograph and pix - But you were on the sidewalk NOT on their property so they couldn't do JACK! And don't say you look like pRick cuz he's an ugly f*&^%r and Scorch isn't. I heard from someone who may or may not work for them that they have trouble getting their checks frequently! Not to worry...The Labor Board has been made aware of this. As for Counting Cars...After their second episode I emailed them about my 1987 VW Vanagon GL - I finally got a reply yesterday. These guys are all so full of themselves! Blecchhh!
Feb 20, 2013 11:54PM
Yeah, it's staged.  So what?  It's fun to watch.  That's all - no more, no less.  It's easy to turn the channel when we don't like it.  Or.... we could even turn the tv off and do something genuinely educational now and then.  Oh well...
Feb 20, 2013 9:52PM
Of course all "reality" is staged/faked to an extent.   Is it wrong to still like the show and people on it even knowing that?  Chum is the best and has more going for him than meets the eye.  The old man reminds me so much of my own grandfather.   I think Carroll showing up is going to be hilarious.  Will Rick be able to contain his giggling?   I love when he gets tickled like that.
Feb 20, 2013 9:30PM
The guys can't actually work the counter anymore because of privacy laws. Since they've become celebrities, people are constantly taking pictures of them, compromising the privacy of whoever's at the pawn counter.
Feb 20, 2013 9:23PM
who cares? it's a fun and educational show. it's entertainment. get over it.
Feb 20, 2013 8:02PM
i live in vegas to.its like rick's restorations. rick dale never shows up unless their filming so its no big deal
Feb 20, 2013 5:26PM
Okay.  I guess being a show snob must be some kind of rush, but WHO CARES!  Don't like it?  Don't watch.  No, it's not brain surgery and it's not represented as such, and in spite of the snide remarks you can learn a bit about history if you don't already "know it all."  Take it for what it's worth and lighten up.
Feb 20, 2013 4:02PM
Again, what in the world has this idiotic reality tv show got to do with history? At least PBS' Antiques Road Show actually does have historic items among the things appraised. This is what the reality tv show plague has done to all channels. Now 80% at least of the items on the Travel and History channels have nothing to do with either history or travel (grown men chasing alligators has some connection to history or travel? in what universe?). You couldn't do a 5 minute at most feature within an existing travel show about an actual travel destination that talks about that location's most disgusting food, strangest food tradition, etc. but instead you have to a marathon week of shows entirely devoted to strange foods, food challenges, etc. but maybe one or two full length shows about vacation or travel destinations with information travelers look for like best hotels, sight seeing, etc.? And once upon a time A&E actually had original programming, shows that were of a caliber with the Masterpiece productions on PBS. Now instead most days and nights are syndicated dramas from the network dramas and comedies like the CSI bunch, the Mentalist, Criminal Minds, etc. Pathetic!
Feb 20, 2013 3:26PM
Yeah.I've noticed that lately on reality shows,they've been picking a lot of stupid a  s  s  e  s  to star in these series. You have these bunch of goofy dudes on Pawn Stars. You have the rat looking family on Hardcore Pawn. It's all about the laugh and praising to the Man above that you don't have a disfunctional family like 3/4 of the families that are on these reality shows. Sorry Chumley, but you fall into the categories stated, but you're still a winner in my book. You're just an employee.  
Feb 20, 2013 2:35PM
If you've seen one episode, you've seen them all! It's like every show is a repeat.
Feb 20, 2013 2:21PM
Feb 20, 2013 1:06PM
I also live in Vegas & know this to be true.  I also look so much like Rick (That is ME in my avatar) that I am asked 20-30 times a day if I am Rick from PAWN STARS.  I even went in & purchased one of the shirts they wear on tv to mess with people even further.  When I went in 2 employees asked me where their paychecks were.
Feb 20, 2013 1:05PM

It's TV .... Everything ... let me say this again EVERYTHING is staged ....


There is NO REAL in Reality ..... or anything else on TV for that matter

Feb 20, 2013 1:05PM

It's all staged  you can watch and see it is staged  Pawn stars and American restoration

Feb 20, 2013 12:50PM

What are you trying to say about Santa Claus???

Feb 20, 2013 11:56AM
The reason why you usually will not see the the stars of the show when you go to the pawn shop is, according to Rick's biography (on sale at the pawn shop), is that if they go out onto the sales floor, people will take pictures and it will infringe on the privacy of the customers who are there to pawn things. I went there last spring and the shop does seem different than I expected. Essentially, there is a whole extra section that we do not usually see including an area selling, Pawn Stars Tshirts, bobble head dolls, beer mugs, etc.
Feb 20, 2013 11:18AM
Reality TV hasn't been real since the original Divorce Court aired back in the 50s and 60s.  Any fool who thinks a pawn shop in Las Vegas really gets the kind of walk-in traffic depicted on Pawn Stars probably also thinks the moon landings were fake and TV "wrestling" shows are real.
Feb 20, 2013 10:44AM
here's a news flash, they are ALL staged !!!
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