Sunday, June 5, 2011 | 3:18 p.m.
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It’s the biggest reality TV series renewal in television history -- 80 episodes over four seasons -- and hometown heroes and Pawn Stars cast members are thrilled. I’ve learned that beloved treasure-spotter Rick Harrison flew to New York early today to launch a publicity blitz for his new book License to Pawn out Tuesday by Hyperion.
Rick also will appear on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning, plus The Don Imus Show and Good Morning America. He also has a 30-city radio satellite tour and returns to Las Vegas on Friday for the first book signing.
The new, massive The History Channel contract, which guarantees at least four more seasons, comes on the heels of this past week’s record ratings. Pawn Stars on Monday and Tuesday nights was the top-rated series in its time slots, ahead of all cable and major network shows.
“I’m absolutely baffled as to why we’ve become such television stars,” a happy Rick told me last night at Azure Luxury Pool of the Palazzo, where he celebrated with co-star Austin “Chumlee” Russell at the Simon G Jewelry Summer Soiree and celebrity fashion show.
“The success is wonderful, but it’s a double-edge sword. It’s getting very difficult now to run our actual pawn business because we are filming 40 weeks a year now,” Rick added. “In fact, we finished shooting Season 4 on Friday, and we start Season 5 on Monday! You could say our job of finding people’s buried treasure has become ours, too.”
We’ll have my full interview with Rick tomorrow right here at Vegas DeLuxe, so be sure to check back for the full details -- and his revelation of what he collects. Plus, the incredible vintage automobile he’s just picked up in a pawn trade.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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