Why Is This On My TV! Too Much Pawn!
Welcome to my latest " Why Is This On My TV " hub page and today I'm taking a look at two different Pawn Shows and the questions is " Do we really need another show about pawn shops and this one featuring women pawn shop owners?"
The two shows that I want to take a look at today are the History channel's Pawn Stars, and a new show that I just came across on a late night of writing, Pawn Queens on TLC.
Okay, let's be fair to the " Pawn Queens " ( funny to think that if I change one letter, we're talking a whole different Hub Page subject here! ) I've only seen the first two debut episodes of this series about two women who own and run a pawnshop out of Naperville, Il with two men, and well there is no way that this is just not a knock off of the History channel's Pawn Stars, based out of Los Vegas, NV.
Naturally, so far the differences between the two shows are telling.
Pawn Stars, have some familiar faces at this point, meaning I'm already familiar with the main cast members, Rick, The Old Man ( real first name Richard ), Corey and the ever amazing Chumlee ( real name Austin Russell ) have already become a part of my cable television landscape. Pawn Stars is not only entertaining , but also brings a touch of education to it's viewers as we can actually learn about the history of some of tnhe items that come through the doors of Rick Harrison's pawn shop every week. And I've found some of those items are very interesting to actually learn about, and there has already been one spin off come off of the coat tails of Pawn Stars. the show is called American Restoration and features Rick Dale of Rick's Restorations. This show so far has not been that interesting, but of course it is new and there will be the usual break in period that comes with anything that is new...so time will tell if this show will be a hit or miss...I'm thinking at the moment for me it is just lukewarm television at best.
As far as the show on TLC called Pawn Queens goes, I will be kind and not sexist here, but as I said in the beginning of this hub, there really is not a lot I can say objectively about this show yet because it is so new, but from what I have seen so far, I find the shows main focus, the girls Minda and Nikki to be somewhat dry, and the guys who are their partners at least for the moment are definitely back seat drivers on this cable show...but again like American Restoration, this show will have to be given a chance to age a bit to get a better picture of how it will fare in the future...or if it even has a future.
Anyway, I have to wonder if we even actually need another show about a pawn shop on cable tv? What becomes the real draw of this show anyway? Will it be the estrogen and female bodies that drive the viewer to tune in or will there be real show content to watch in the future?
My bet is that this show does not survive more than two seasons and I find it " telling ", that cable channel TLC, does not even have any real mention of the show on it's web page, and some empty " Schedule " links that lead to nothing when clicked on. In the end, I think that after the dust has settled in this lopsided battle of pawn stars vs pawn queens, the only show that will be left standing will be about will be about " Pawn Stars " and the queens will be long forgotten.
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