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“Hardcore Pawn” spin-off heads to Chicago

TruTV is expanding the Hardcore Pawn franchise, with a new location, Chicago, and new production company, Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment. (Pictured: Previous spin-off Combat Pawn)
August 15, 2012

TruTV is expanding the Hardcore Pawn franchise, with a new location, Chicago, and new production company, Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment (The Catalina and The Devils Ride).

Hardcore Pawn: Chicago is a 9 x 30-minute series scheduled to premiere later this year, and is set in Chicago’s Royal Pawn Shop. The docu-series will follow brothers Randy and Wayne Cohen as they run one of the city’s largest and oldest pawn and gold-buying businesses.

TruTV’s original Hardcore Pawn, from Zodiak USA, is on its sixth season, with the first spin-off - Combat Pawn (pictured) – currently airing in its first season.

“If you’ve ever spent any time in a pawn shop, 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.”

Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment’s Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey serve as executive producers.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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