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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 2:29 p.m.
Our hometown “Pawn Stars” heroes have won a new TV series commitment from the History Channel, where they are lauded as the cable network’s top-rated show.
With the titillating title of “Pawnography,” the production begins next month here in Las Vegas with a studio audience. Ten half-hour episodes will be taped with the game competition series based on the original docu series.
Cast members of “Pawn Stars” will face off against winning contestants who first compete in their own challenges. There will be three rounds of trivia questions that increase in difficulty before the winners meet the “Pawn Stars” stars.
Then it’s the reality TV stars’ knowledge against the competitors seeking to win money, prizes and other items from the world-famous Gold & Silver Pawn.
The spin-off is being produced by Leftfield Pictures, with Elaine Bryant, Zachery Behr and Russ McCarroll as executive producers. Today’s official green light from the History Channel will be followed with more details later about shoot dates, studio location and how to obtain tickets.
Check out the accompanying photograph for casting-call details. The parody “Pawn Shop Live!” recently moved to the Riviera from the downtown Golden Nugget.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors can't miss the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill acts like Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have graced its showrooms over time.
The Riviera still offers its share of entertainment options with topless revue "Crazy Girls," a comedy club and "Illusions," starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has been featured in many films like "Casino," "Austin Powers" and "21." Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has always held on to it's unique theme (for Las Vegas) in that it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hill Race & Sports Book walk-up betting window right off the sidewalk on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining options well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to an international cuisine at the R Buffet.