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Hardcore Pawn: Chicago to premiere on truTV New Year's Day

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Ashley, Seth and Les are no longer the only Hardcore Pawn series on the truTV block.

Hardcore Pawn has been a wildly successful program for truTV, focusing on the Gold family and their American Jewelry and Loan in Detroit. Now, truTV is expanding this fan-favorite with the all-new series Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.

Hardcore Pawn: Chicago will take viewers behind the scenes at Royal Pawn Shop, known as the “baddest pawn shop in Chicago,” truTV indicates. Royal Pawn Shop is one of the city’s oldest and largest establishments in the pawn and gold-buying business, and is owned by brothers Randy and Wayne Cohen. Like Seth and Ashley, brother and sister on the original Hardcore Pawn, Randy and Wayne don’t always see eye-to-eye on the way business should be conducted. But, the two come together on one point: finding the best deals for the business. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago will follow along as these over-the-top siblings wheel and deal with just about anyone, from a sweet kindergarten teacher to an intimidating mob boss. According to truTV, there is big trouble in the works from the very first episode:

When an $80,000 ring goes missing, Randy and Wayne launch a storewide search and a game of blame. Whoever finds the ring could save the day, but if they come up empty it could cost the brothers their business. Then, an angry customer goes over Elyse’s head when she doesn’t get what she wants. And later, when a man brings in signed astronaut photos, Hymie launches a mission to determine their authenticity.

The original continues to be truTV's most popular series. Now in its sixth season, with new episodes each Tuesday at 9 p.m. E/P, Hardcore Pawn has averaged 2.9 million viewers this quarter. The show ranks among basic cable's Top 3 programs in its timeslot with key male demos and total viewers, as well as among the Top 5 with key adult demos. Will Randy and Wayne give Seth and Ashley (and, of course, Les) a run for their money?

Stay tuned.

Hardcore Pawn: Chicago is set to debut on truTV on New Year's Day, January 1, with two back-to-back episodes, beginning at 9:30 p.m. E/P.

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