Saturday, February 20, 2010

Online Pick of the Week (2/19): The Price Is Right

The pick this week is The Price is Right… but not a version of the show that most everyone will remember. The original version (which is actually not the one that started in 1972) actually began in 1956 on NBC and was hosted by Bill Cullen.

Some may be turned off by the fact that there are only four contestants that stay for the whole show, but I don’t find this a problem at all. It lacks much of what the current version has, like for instance, no Plinko or Showcase Showdown to be had here, but it’s still a lot of fun. I think Bill’s interaction with the players, and the magnificent prizes alone truly make up for it. There were things as extravagant as a house and an airplane on some episodes. And there were plenty of cars, too. I also loved some of the guest hosts that appeared, including Merv Griffin and Arlene Francis.

Good series, and it’s a shame that there are such ridiculous standards set by CBS so that no version of this show period could air on GSN due to fear of “over saturation.” I think it’d be a nice addition to the schedule at any point, but it could especially do a little wonders now with such a limited amount of classics on the schedule. Seriously, one airing in the overnight hours, at say, 3 AM, isn’t going to kill the ratings for Drew’s version. What I did see was that four episodes of the show managed to make themselves available on the Best of The Price Is Right DVD set that came out a couple years back from BCI. It’d be great if we’d see more episodes of this version that way. Maybe the Mill Creek company could make it happen sometime in the distant future.

The Price is Right with Bill Cullen... my online pick of the week!

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