‘American Pickers’: Mike Wolfe Was Highly Skeptical of Deal With The History Channel At First

by Joe Rutland

Before signing on with The History Channel, “American Pickers” host Mike Wolfe didn’t fully trust what he was getting in a contract.

Wolfe talked about it all in an interview with Script.

According to him, Cineflix called him and let him know they sold “American Pickers” to The History Channel.

But he wasn’t buying it as there had been some doubt over “done deals.”

So, he asked if Cineflix had the deal in writing. They said no.

“But History said they wanted it,” Wolfe said. “After what I had gone through up until this point, I didn’t believe it and said as soon as you have something in writing, call me.”

‘American Pickers’ Host Wasn’t Even Returning Calls By This Point

Wolfe said he’s not returning calls at this time.

“Finally, the head of development from Cineflix, Charles Tremayne, flies into Tennessee and tells me History has bought the show and is going to start filming Sept 8th,” Wolfe said. “Again, I ask, ‘Do you have it in writing?’ and Tremayne says no (laughs). But he said ‘Trust me, we will be here Sept 8th and start filming your show.’ I’ll believe it when I see it.”

So, what happened next? Mike ended up getting an attorney and got the deal done.

“Ultimately, my friend who was on a show on another network hooked me up with a lawyer in Chicago,” Wolfe said, “who had just done music deals before, and we put together the contract.”

“American Pickers” will have Wolfe and Danielle Colby as co-hosts this season. These episodes are still being shown on The History Channel.

Wolfe Said He Was ‘Glad’ That He Wasn’t Part Of Pitching Process In Early Days

Way before he got his deal, Wolfe remembered a company called JWM Projections got involved.

Wolfe said they never filmed him or never asked questions.

“They had some guy pitching my show who didn’t even understand it,” he told Scriptmag in an interview back in 2013. “But you have to realize when to hold them and when to fold them. If I had been in the room back then and in on the pitching process, I probably would have said all the wrong things and would have been maybe a little bit too emotional about it.”

While he could have had total control over the process, Wolfe didn’t go for pitching the show.

“I didn’t really understand the business side of things and what the network was actually looking for, or if we could deliver it,” he said. “So, I’m kind of glad I wasn’t there. I learned a lot.”

Now the success that has come his way is a benefit of his hard work.