Q Are the pawnshop staff on "Pawn Stars" briefed about the items being offered? it seems that no matter what’s offered, they’re able to recite the history of the item. either they’re briefed, or they’re brilliant.
Also, is it necessary for every expert, including the handwriting expert with the huge case in which he carries a magnifying glass, to pause before giving the value of an item? I’m sure it’s meant for suspense, but it comes off as stupid.
A those exorbitantly pregnant pauses have become almost mandatory for unscripted shows. (Ryan Seacrest draws them out on "American Idol," too.) I agree; they are annoying.
As far as the first question goes, a History publicist says it varies.
"While filming ‘Pawn Stars,’ the staff in the pawnshop sometimes know in advance what items their customers are planning to come in with and they are able to extensively research such items," the publicist said. "other times, the staff — especially Old Man and Rick Harrison — have the knowledge from their 20-plus years of running the shop to speak about the item."
Say goodbye to ‘Memphis Beat’
Q will the series "Memphis Beat" return this summer for Season 3?
A No. TNT canceled "Memphis Beat" after its second season.
No more ‘Housewives’ on Lifetime
Q I watched "Desperate Housewives" reruns on Lifetime and sort of got caught up with the first three to four years that I didn’t watch on ABC, but I know they left out episodes. (I Googled and checked out each season vs. what I had seen.)
Now it’s off Lifetime’s schedule altogether, just when it was seeming to air the ones I didn’t see before. will it be back on Lifetime?
A Lifetime has no plans to bring back "Desperate Housewives" reruns.
The woman behind the M&M
Q The voice of miss Brown, the M&M, in the new commercial sounds so familiar. Do you know who does it?
A It’s Vanessa Williams ("Desperate Housewives").
Navigating CBS’ website
Q what happened to the CBS website? I tried to watch several programs and was unable to get beyond a listing of entertainment shows.
A The CBS website was redesigned a few months ago, but the same content is there. at the top of the home page (www.cbs.com), click on "Watch" to go to all of the prime-time shows. Next to the "primetime" tab are tabs for "daytime," "late night" and others. For news, you’re better off visiting CBSNews.com, and for sports, visit CBSSports.com.
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