"American Restoration" is back with new episodes, and they're packed with more drama and celebs than ever before, promises the show's star, Rick Dale. Of course, the heart of the show is still the meticulous work Dale and his team do at his Las Vegas-based shop, Rick's Restorations.
The show began as a spin-off of "Pawn Stars," after Dale proved to be one of the most popular reoccurring experts popping in and out of the Silver and Gold Pawn Shop. Now Dale is a bona fide TV star in his own right, as "American Restoration" continues to attract legions of loyal fans who love watching him breathe life back into weathered antiques and vintage swag.
HuffPost TV caught up with Dale to chat about working with rock star/restauranteur Sammy Hagar, what he's learned from Pawn Star Rick Harrison and why we'll be seeing more family drama this season.
What was it like working with Sammy Hagar?
Awesome. He's actually a fan of the show. It's sort of weird to see somebody that I used to watch and listen to and am a fan of, to be right next to me talking about normal guy stuff. He's such a great person, it was very cool working with him. He's doing [his own] rum, and he wanted to be able to get it out of the dispenser and do something at one of his stores. That's where I came up with this 'rumerator' thing.
It's quite something to look at what you started with and what the finished product is. What was the creative process like?
As we were going, I was getting different ideas and I'd say whoa, stop right there, let's not do that, let's do this. It kept building. It's not just me, I have my guys. Somebody will come up with a crazy idea, and they've put just that little bit into it and it would make it look so much better. I think Sammy Hagar's was the first [project] where I could just do whatever I want, I could just go nuts.
He mentioned he wanted to order more, has he?
Yeah, he has!
What can expect to see in upcoming episodes?
The episodes have sort of changed a bit. You're going to start to see a whole bunch more family stories involved. Yes, there's the projects, you'll still see the beginning and the end and a little bit of the process. You're going to see some stuff where [wife] Kelly and myself are trying to deal with inner family kind of issues. You'll see funny things, a little comedy. We're also starting to do these quizzes. I'm going to give you tips on how to restore your own stuff at home.
Are there any other celebrities who pop up this season?
Oh yeah. I can't say, but there are some big ones. It's funny, some of these guys actually like what I do, not the show but the work, and they're coming out of the woodwork for us to build stuff for them.
What are some of the most challenging projects you tackle in the upcoming episodes?
There's a piece that was in the 1964 World's Fair called an Escorter. They took dignitaries around the World's Fair, and they put four people in the front and a guy would be driving in the back. They built 150 of these little cars to show people the World's Fair. Come 1965, they threw them all away. They're gone. Big Mike came in and he wants me to restore one so it works. It was a huge challenge because you can't find parts, and it worked on hydraulics instead of gears. It was very, very hard.
What kind of conflicts can we expect to see with your family?
Conflicts? [Laughs] I'm always trying different things, I try to improve the business in ways, and Kelly or my kids will disagree with me, or everybody will disagree. There's one idea I had that kind of backfired, and they all laughed at me. [Laughs] The kids are learning. At the end of the season you see everyone evolve. And that, to me, is more important than drama. There's going to be drama because it's family and it's a business and we're all working together.
How has your life changed since the show has become so popular?
Huge. Business is tenfold. It's so much bigger. I can't go anywhere without being recognized and being asked questions, which is good. I think one of the good things is that people are actually learning from the show and appreciate the show. So when somebody comes up to me, they're not throwing rocks at me, they actually want to talk to me. [Laughs] I enjoy that. I'm humbled over the whole entire deal, because three or four years ago I probably would have been talking to a creditor rather than you.
What's the day-to-day life like at the shop now?
The day starts at about 6 a.m. At 6:30 the production crew rolls in. There are about 50 people at the shop all at once. I'm trying to run a business at the same time as the TV show. And it's every single day. We try to do our job as fast as we can while still trying to do the best job possible. We still have other jobs going on for other customers, not just the ones on the TV show. Then around 3 p.m. I'll do interviews for the show and stuff like that, then at about 5, Kelly and I get together to talk about the day, what went on with the business, we'll do some signings and pictures. We do tours of the shop. [Laughs] It's just non-stop!
Will we see any of the guys from "Pawn Stars" popping in?
Yes. There will be a couple of crossovers. The Pawn Stars and I get together. We're back and forth, they're in with me, I'm in with them. I'm in with the "Counting Cars" guys, I'm in with "[American] Pickers." The guys in Vegas are sort of close. We're right across the street from each other, so we're always talking.
Were you all in touch before the show?
No. All of this happened probably in about four and a half years. We all started out [with TV] at the same time, aside from "Counting Cars." We were brought together, and each guy's show got popular at different times. We help and learn from each other, every aspect to do with the business. The tours that I do at the shop, I learned that from Rick [of "Pawn Stars"]. He had hundreds of people at his shop, and you couldn't put them anywhere. So we built something so that you could actually run people through the middle of it and come out the end and have an experience.
"American Restoration" airs on History Television at 8 p.m. EST/ PST.
Peggy Olson, "Mad Men"
She didn't have an easy start as a secretary at Sterling Cooper, but Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) has certainly worked her way up on the '60s era drama. Peggy was consdiered one of the biggest creative geniuses behind the company (before she left last season), although she certainly lost a few nights of sleep in the process.
Walter White, "Breaking Bad"
Once just a high school chemistry teacher, Walt (Bryan Cranston) has spent the past four years battling cancer, cooking meth and killing people. Oh, and he's now considered the drug king of New Mexico. It's kind of a tough job.
Deborah Morgan, "Dexter"
Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) is totally devoted to her job as a Lieutenant for the the Miami Metro Homicide Unit. In a mostly male-dominated field, she had to prove herself by outworking everyone else. She takes her job home with her, has no personal life to speak of, and has been rewarded for her dedication and police intuition with promotions to Detective and eventually Lieutenant for simultaneously busting asses and kicking them.
Saul Berenson, "Homeland"
There were heartbreaking moments and tense developments galore in this crackling Showtime thriller, but anchoring it all was a wonderfully soulful performance by Mandy Patinkin as the hard-working Saul. He talked Carrie down from her more manic places, and when that failed, he comforted her at her lowest moments -- all in addition to holding down a demanding job as a crucial CIA employee. One of the most indelible images of Season 1 was a scene of Saul using a ruler to spread peanut butter on some crackers, a late-night snack that reinforced the idea that those who often work hard to keep America safe not only don't get credit -- they don't even get dinner.
Leslie Knope, "Parks & Recreation"
You will not find a harder worker in the Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee. Heck, you probably won't find a more dedicated worker anywhere on TV. Leslie (Amy Poehler) spearheaded the Harvest Festival, saving Pawnee. She also tirelessly campaigned for a seat on the Pawnee City Council while continuing her work with the Parks Department. When she was suspended, she started her own citizen action league. You can take the Knope out of the office, but you can't take the work out of the Knope.
Tyrion Lannister, "Game of Thrones"
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) wasn't exactly a hard-working guy when "Thrones" began, but over the course of two seasons, more and more responsibilities piled up on him, to the point where he hardly had time for bordellos and wine (the horror!). One of the most fascinating things about the HBO show is the way it's shown Tyrion -- who'd been underestimated and mostly dismissed by everyone (including himself) -- realize that he not only was good at wielding power, he actually liked it. But it certainly cuts into a guy's recreational time, as courtiers Varys and Littlefinger could have told him.
Alicia Florrick, "The Good Wife"
Is Alicia (Julianna Margulies) ever home? And when she's home, is her phone ever not within arm's reach? She always goes above and beyond for Lockhart/Gardner. This is her first job in years and Alicia has moved fast, climbing the corporate ladder with ease. Could it be Lockhart, Gardner & Florrick soon?
John Cooper, "Southland"
Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) is recovering from addiction problems, but he never lets his bad back stand in the way of doing his job as an LAPD officer. His troubled past (a criminal father, a failed marriage and his closeted sexuality) explains why he's so passionate about the job, and why he does it all with a sense of humor. "You're a cop because you don't know how not to be one. If you feel that way, you're a cop -- if you don't, you're not."
Kate Beckett, "Castle"
Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) has a lot on her plate -- the unsolved murder of her mother that drew her to the job and Castle, the man who wants to help her solve the case ... but not at the expense of her own safety. Her personal issues sometimes drive her to make emotional decisions in the field, but it just proves how much she really cares.
Sam and Dean Winchester, "Supernatural"
Plenty of people take their work home with them, but few let their jobs consume them as thoroughly as hunky, demon-hunting brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) have over seven seasons of "Supernatural." The family business of "saving people" and "hunting things" not only has them living in motels and out of Dean's trusty Impala, it's also seen them sent to Heaven, Hell and many dimensions in-between in the name of saving the world. If anyone deserves a vacation, it's these two hard-working heroes. Sadly for them, kicking ass and looking good is a full-time job.
Miranda Bailey, "Grey's Anatomy"
Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) could not be more dedicated to her job at Seattle Grace. When viewers first met her, she was the play-by-the rules resident of general surgery and referred to as "The Nazi" by her five surgical interns -- Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) -- because she ruled with an iron first. But Bailey has since proven to have a soft heart, too. Her devotion to her job arguably cost her her marriage, but Bailey could never turn her back on the co-workers and patients at Seattle Grace, no matter how much stress and pressure she's under.
Kenneth Parcell, "30 Rock"
The constantly-cheerful NBC page (and former Southern farm boy) is one of the most dutiful employees we've ever seen on TV. Sure, Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) is incredibly awkward and sometimes annoyingly optimistic, but he also could not be more devoted to "TGS," NBC and television at large. After all, how many times have we seen him out of his page uniform?
Max Black, "Two Broke Girls"
One of the titular heroines of CBS' raunchy comedy, Max Black (Kat Dennings) seems to have tried her hand at just about every low-paying job in New York. She's also an excellent multitasker, balancing her burgeoning cupcake business with waitressing, nannying, cleaning, working as a department store Christmas elf, dog-sitting and wrangling her flaky roommate Caroline, to name a few. Someone give this poor broke girl a break!
Antoine Batiste, "Treme"
It's not easy being a working musician in New Orleans. Whether he's trying to wrangle together his own band or lugging his trombone all around town going from gig to gig, Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) is always hustling. At his wife's urging, he picked up a side job as an assistant band leader at a local high school, which will give his family a steady stream of secondary income.
Related on HuffPost: