TruTV Orders 'Hardcore Pawn: Chicago' Spinoff
The cable net has ordered nine half-hour episodes of the series, which is set to premiere later this year.
TruTV is moving its pawn habit to Chicago.
The Turner-owned cable network has greenlighted the Hardcore Pawn spinoff, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, set at Royal Pawn Shop, one of the city's largest and oldest establishments in the pawn and gold-buying business. Nine half-hour episodes of the series have been ordered, with a plan to bow the second installment of tru's most popular franchise later this year. Its predecessor is averaging 2.5 million viewers in its sixth season on the air.
Royal Pawn is owned by Randy and Wayne Cohen, two brothers who don't always agree, except when it comes to finding the best deals. The Cohens will cut deals with just about anyone, from a sweet kindergarten teacher to an intimidating mob boss.
"If you've ever spent any time in a pawnshop, you've probably seen some of the outrageous characters who come through the doors … or work behind the counter," said Marc Juris, executive vp and COO of truTV. "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago takes things to a whole new level thanks to Randy and Wayne's over-the-top personalities and the wild antics of some of their customers."
The effort comes from Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, the production company behind The CW's summer series The Catalina, with Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey (of Wonder Years fame) attached as executive producers.
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