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Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars’ a No. 1 hit in Britain; India signs on


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It’s been a busy week in the pawnshop world, and reality TV star Rick “The Spotter” Harrison assures me that the reports of him breaking up with fiancee DeAnna Burditt are untrue. “The wedding is on for next May, although we do have to pick the specific date,” Rick told me upon returning to Las Vegas after a visit with her two daughters and her to watch “Dancing With the Stars” and to appear on Nickelodeon’s iCarly. “No sliming,” he laughed. Rick also appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” while in L.A.

Said Rick: “The governor himself, Brian Sandoval, stopped in today with his kids to meet us because they are big fans of the show. It was great because we were just celebrating the news that not only has ‘Pawn Stars’ hit the No. 1 spot in the British ratings, but India has just signed on to broadcast the show. I still can’t get over the fact we’re now in over 30 countries. We never guessed it would get this big.”

Rick, his father Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, his son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison and family friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell are all off to the Sprint All-Stars NASCAR weekend in Charlotte, N.C., next month as grand marshals, and the Old Man is planning a side trip to his former hometown of Lexington, Ky.

“Pawn Stars” is now filming Season 6 and expects to get the renewal from the History Channel shortly for Season 7. “I don’t see any reason why we won’t just keep rolling along, although we’ve yet to understand why it’s become such a hit,” Rick summed up.

DAVID BRENNER AT SUNCOAST: It’s sort of a given the moment you leave town for good, you get booked back almost overnight. Comedian David Brenner is set to lift up stakes next week after living here a decade and return to his East Coast roots. No sooner did he make the plans to move to a new Manhattan apartment than he was booked for a June 9 weekend comedy date at the Suncoast. So, he’ll be back faster than he knew!

‘APPRENTICE’ FINALE MAY 19: Donald Trump has set May 19 for the live New York City finale of his “Celebrity Apprentice,” and although we don’t know who wins, we can say for sure that Rio magician headliner Penn Jillette will be there -- but so will all the other cast members for the surprise revelations.

LENNON TOUR BUS AT MIRAGE: The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has arrived and parked at the Mirage for four days of public tours and recording sessions. Guests will have an opportunity to interact with the latest in recording and video technology, including products from Avid, Epiphone and Apple. The bus is a nonprofit mobile recording studio and HD-production facility that travels the country year-round providing students with multimedia experiences.


Actress Shannon Elizabeth (“American Reunion”) hosts at Tao in the Venetian, while BMX stud Ricardo Laguna celebrates his birthday. Comedian Andrew Dice Clay starts a run at Starlite Theater in the Riviera. Best New Artist Grammy Award winner Bon Iver play a sold-out concert at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel with guest All Tiny Creatures. Mark Pitta and John Hilder headline at Big Al’s Comedy Club in the Orleans through Monday. And Slaughterhouse is at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.


It’s a knockout of an entertainment weekend with Mike Tyson’s big punch against “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas,” and numerous other attractions, including a nightclub showdown of no less than seven DJs and performers competing for the spotlight.

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