American Restoration

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American Restoration
AmericanRestorationLogo.jpg
Also known asKings of Restoration
(outside the US)
FormatReality television
Directed byJairus Cobb, Guy Fiorita, Rennik Soholt
StarringRick Dale
Composer(s)Extreme Music, Music Box, Strike Audio
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Brett Montgomery, Colby Gaines
Producer(s)Ryan Miller, Sean Moran, Christopher Williams
Editor(s)Adam Pomata, George Sinfield, Scott Speed, Luke Spencer
Location(s)Las Vegas, Nevada
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Leftfield Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelHistory
Picture format1.78:1 widescreen
Audio formatDolby Digital Stereo
Original runOctober 25, 2010[1] – present
Chronology
Related showsPawn Stars
Counting Cars
External links
Website
 
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American Restoration
AmericanRestorationLogo.jpg
Also known asKings of Restoration
(outside the US)
FormatReality television
Directed byJairus Cobb, Guy Fiorita, Rennik Soholt
StarringRick Dale
Composer(s)Extreme Music, Music Box, Strike Audio
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Brett Montgomery, Colby Gaines
Producer(s)Ryan Miller, Sean Moran, Christopher Williams
Editor(s)Adam Pomata, George Sinfield, Scott Speed, Luke Spencer
Location(s)Las Vegas, Nevada
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Leftfield Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelHistory
Picture format1.78:1 widescreen
Audio formatDolby Digital Stereo
Original runOctober 25, 2010[1] – present
Chronology
Related showsPawn Stars
Counting Cars
External links
Website

American Restoration is an American reality television series airing on the History channel. Produced by Leftfield Pictures, the series is recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at Rick's Restorations, an antique restoration shop, with its owner Rick Dale, his staff, and teenage son, as they restore various vintage items to their original condition.[2][3]

The show is the first spin-off of Pawn Stars, in which Dale has appeared several times as an on-camera expert and restored various items.[4][5] The series has featured cameo appearances by the cast of Pawn Stars, American Pickers, magician Lance Burton, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, and musician Sammy Hagar.[6]

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Production history

The series focuses on Rick's Restorations, a company owned and operated by Las Vegas area metal artist and antique restoration expert Rick Dale, who has been restoring various vintage items for almost 30 years. Dale and his company first appeared on the History reality television series Pawn Stars, in that show's first season episode "Time Machines," and in nine subsequent episodes in which he restored numerous decades-old items for the Harrisons (owners of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop where Pawn Stars takes place), including vending machines, gas pumps, barber chairs, motorcycles, and jukeboxes.[4][5]

Up to the May 16, 2012 episode ("Sticky Fingers"), the opening title sequence featured Dale alluding to the vintage era from which most of the items he restores originate:

Remember back in the day when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work? My name's Rick Dale, and I bring these things back to life. Every restoration has its own set of challenges. There's no owner's manual for what we do, but there's no job we can't handle.

Beginning with the June 6, 2012 episode ("Dirt Bike Duels"), a new intro was used, in which Rick talks about his business and his family, spotlighting himself, his son Tyler, brother Ron, and stepson Brettly:

Look at a man's workbench. You see his passions. His works in progress. The things that drive him crazy. Projects that... you get the point. Anyway, every workbench tells a story. And this is ours: American Restoration.

In addition, a new feature, "Rick's Tips", was added preceding the second commercial break, in which Rick poses a question related to restoration, similar to the trivia question feature on Pawn Stars.

According to Dale, who claims to emphasize a great attention to detail in his work, his shop typically works on 6 - 12 projects at any given time. Although he and his staff restore the items brought in by customers themselves, they are shown consulting other merchants and experts for parts, and calling in freelance employees, such as Bob, a metalworker, when their workload requires it.[7] In addition to items brought in by customers, Dale will also purchase items himself to restore from pickers, such as the toy train he purchases in "Buttered Up." The range of services offered by Rick's Restorations is limited by financial concerns.[8] Although Dale has a positive view of his staff's abilities, he observes that they are sometimes difficult to manage, in particular his younger brother, Ron.[9]

The series' second season premiered on April 15, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT with back-to-back episodes.[10]

Cast

International telecasts

This series is seen outside the US on most local versions of the History channel, usually under its international title, Kings of Restoration. In Canada and in the United Kingdom, the series is broadcast on History Television, using the same American Restoration title as the History channel in the US.[17]

Episodes

See also

References

  1. ^ Hibberd, James (September 23, 2010). "History spinning off 'Pawn Stars'". Hollywood Reporter/Associated Press. Yahoo! News. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/history-spinning-pawn-stars-28281. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Katsilometes, John (June 29, 2010). "First‘Pawn Stars’ spinoff in production in Vegas, and it has restorative properties". Las Vegas Sun. Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-report/2010/jun/29/first-pawn-stars-spinoff-production-and-it-has-res/. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Katsilometes, John (September 24, 2010). "Rick Dale’s 'Pawn Stars' spinoff, 'Rusty Nuts,' set for Oct. 18 debut". Las Vegas Sun. Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-report/2010/sep/24/rick-dales-pawn-stars-spinoff-rusty-nuts-set-oct-1/. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Meet the Experts" History.com; Accessed October 17, 2010
  5. ^ a b c Episodes of Pawn Stars in which Dale has appeared include "Time Machines" (Episode 1.8), "Rick's Big Bet" (Episode 1.10), "A Shot and a Shave" (Episode 2.4), "Wheels" (Episode 2.12), "Off the Wagon" (Episode 2.21), "Bumpy Ride" (Episode 2.26), "Hell Week" (Episode 2.29), "The British Are Coming" (Episode 2.31), "Trail Breaker" (Episode 3.1) and "Deals from Hell" (Episode 3.6)
  6. ^ Stevens, Buck (June 6, 2012). "Greg Biffle To Get 'Restored' On History Channel Tonight". B104.
  7. ^ a b c d "Hopalong Rick"; American Restorations Episode 1.1 History; October 25, 2010
  8. ^ In "Buttered Up," Kowboy explains that the shop does not polish chrome, for example, because its cost requires a large amount of it in order to generate a profit, and will instead replace chrome components through a chrome shop, as with the popcorn machine in that episode.
  9. ^ a b c "Ice Cold," American Restorations Episode 1.2 History; October 25, 2010
  10. ^ Gorman, Bill. "History's 'American Restoration' Series Premieres Friday, April 15", TV By the Numbers, March 14, 2011
  11. ^ "Lights Out". American Restorations Episode 1.3 History. October 25, 2010
  12. ^ "Special Delivery". American Restoration. episode 16. season 2. July 22, 2011. History. 
  13. ^ Letter Perfect Incorporated
  14. ^ Buttered Up", American Restorations Episode 1.4 History. November 1, 2010
  15. ^ "Meet the team: Kyle Astorga". American Restoration. History.com accessed September 24, 2011.
  16. ^ "Meet the team: Kelly Mayer". American Restoration. History.com accessed September 24, 2011.
  17. ^ "Shows". History Television. Retrieved July 8, 2012.

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