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'Pawnography' review: Same old 'Pawn Stars,' new game show

From left, "Pawn Stars" Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison

From left, "Pawn Stars" Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Chumlee on their game show, "Pawnography." Credit: A&E Networks / Richard Knapp

GAME SHOW "Pawnography"

WHEN|WHERE Premieres Thursday night at 10 and 10:30 on History

WHAT IT'S ABOUT America can't get enough of those "Pawn Stars" guys -- owner Rick Harrison, son Corey and dimwit pal Chumlee -- so here they are for another weekly hour, doing what they do. Rick knows all, Chumlee's dumber, Corey tries to keep up.

Out from behind the counter and into a TV studio with host comic Christopher Titus, the guys match trivia wits with two challengers eager to win some of Rick's shop stash -- vintage pinball machine, NBA championship ring, Soviet high-altitude suit. Fastest ringer-in answers multiple-choice queries about swords, landmarks, Scout badges, Caesar salads or magazine swimsuit models. There's also an isolation booth for a 60-second final round of top challenger vs. Rick. Then there's negotiating -- gotta have that "final offer" -- over who goes home with what.

MY SAY Brand extension. That's "Pawnography." I had to write down the rules to get them.

But the low-budget gameplay is hardly the point. Rick drops historical facts. The guys goof. The host reacts and riffs. (Nice to see fleet-tongued Titus back on TV.) And the contestants exploit their own 15 minutes of (minor) fame. This week, meet "a mean Asian Elvis."

BOTTOM LINE Build the brand, boys.


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