TruTV Greenlights 'Hardcore Pawn' Spinoff
TruTV is spinning off its pawn shop-set Hardcore Pawn with a guns and ammo version of its top-rated series, the network announced Tuesday.
Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg will revolve around the staff and customers at Guns Plus, a South Carolina pawnshop specializing in weapons and military equipment. Situated near one of the largest military bases in the country, Guns Plus is staffed by many veterans while its customers consist largely of armed services personnel and their families.
TruTV has ordered seven episodes of the Zodiak USA series, which is set for debut later this year.
"We have had such tremendous success with Hardcore Pawn, it makes sense to expand the concept into a franchise with Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg," Marc Juris, executive vp and COO, truTV, said in a statement. "The new Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg also gives us the opportunity to introduce viewers to some of the incredible men and women who serve in the military and whose stories will play an important part in the show."
Grant Mansfield, Natalka Znak, Mike Gamson and Ken Snow are executive producers.
Additionally, truTV has picked up a sixth season of original series Hardcore Pawn and additional episodes of Zodiak’s Lizard Lick Towing.
Hardcore Pawn returns for the second half of its fifth season March 20, while its sixth season is targeted to bow later this year.
Set at Detroit’s American Jewelry and Loan, Hardcore Pawn is the network’s highest-rated show. So far this season, it’s averaging nearly 3 million viewers, up 21 percent over last season.
Currently in its second season, Lizard Lick Towing is pulling in 1.6 million viewers.