Friday, September 5, 2008

TPIR: Happy Anniversary, Price

September 4th, 2008 marks the anniversary of the longest running daytime game show. None other than The Price Is Right.

The show has gone through a lot over the past 37 years. Set changes, model changes, expanding to a full hour, different announcers, Bob Barker’s retirement, Drew Carey‘s arrival. And now the show is about to undergo some more changes for the new season. Here are the facts:

A lot of them do sound pretty good. I love the fact that the show will be in HD this season. I’ve just recently bought a converter box so I can have a digital signal for the local channels, and I’ve noticed how much clearer things look, even with an analog TV. The show will also bring the million dollar set to daytime, with the exception of the floor remaining white.

As far as the pricing games go, 3-Strikes’ first digit in the pricing game is given for free, and all 3 strikes are being added back to the bag. One other thing is that the game isn’t played entirely for luxury cars anymore, which means we’ll probably see this game more in the rotation. Check Game’s winning range has been updated from $5,000-$6,000 to $7,000-$8,000. Punch-A-Bunch’s top prize is now $25,000. There will be a single $25,000 slip replacing the two $10,000 ones. However, out of all the changes and additions being made, I think I’m most looking forward to the addition of the new pricing game, Gas Money.

The Big Wheel has been updated with new fonts and color schemes to match the turntables and the doors. The font changes, while minor, could take a tiny bit to get used to, but I do love the idea of having a more a color-coordinated set.

The rumors about the format changes and other major set changes at the time of Roger Dobkowitz’s removal have since been proven false. There are still six pricing games, two showcase showdowns, etc. Drew Carey is still the host and Rich Fields is still the announcer.

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