Hello out there! I’m particularly excited about today’s Response because I have the results from a Twitter chat Mike Richards had with fans during yesterday’s Price.
* If you follow me at Twitter, you may have noted that I have retweeted some of his responses already. I’m surprised at how willing he was to answer our questions so candidly. Of course, he never answered any questions about Rich, but I don’t think he would have anyway. I’m going to post some of his responses and then respond to each of them.
“I watched A LOT of the early TPIR before I got the job. I certainly watched Barker’s last year.”- Now that means we can’t claim he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
“Many of the changes we made to the show, directorially, are a return to the original TPIR feel.”- What do you mean original? 1972 or just during the Barker era?
“A to Q: Big plans for season 40? We do have some huge plans. Redoing parts of the set and there will be changes to money amounts.” – Hopefully this means a $20,000 daytime Grand Game and no more $50 slips in Punch-a-Bunch.
“A to Q: All the models will be returning for season 40. We have the best models in the busniess. We plan to highlight them even more.” – I certainly agree with that.
“A to Q: We’d [love] to have another Million Dollar Spectacular. We really like doing them.”- This means that CBS doesn’t want them, and why not? How else could we get scenes like this?
Of course, once Drew was host, they did away with those spectacular openings and we got this instead:
Snoresville! Now, back to the answers.
“A to Q: I would love to [do] TPIR live in primetime. Drew would have so much fun with that.”- Well, that’s what he had been doing before you got there, Mr. Richards.
“A to Q: Credit Card is one of the games we’re talking about redoing for season 40. Stay tuned!”- For those of you who have never seen Credit Card, here it is. First from the Barker era:
And from the Carey era:
Sounds like a cheap but interesting game. I’m surprised CaptialOne isn’t sponsoring it.
“A to Q: We’re already taping season three of Let’s Make a Deal and the new set and Wayne are great! “- Glad to hear it. I don’t think we’ll be getting more daytime games any time soon, especially on your competition.
“A to Q: Showcases are now more about amazing experiences and great prizes rather than specific themes.”- Yes, but amazing experiences cannot be priced easily, especially when you add things such as champagne in the Grand Canyon (see yesterday’s episode).
“A to Q: How to get on the show? You have to line up early. And when you’re being interviewed by Stan you need to show off your personality! “- Glad to hear this hasn’t changed, although perhaps the standards by which Stan judges them might have changed. This may have been suggested before, but I think I’ll suggest it anyway. There should be some sort of mini-test on general rules. It seems to me (and a few other people) that the intelligence is dropping. Of course, Drew Carey doesn’t make things any easier at time. After all, we have clips like this:
In the 1st clip, I’m glad the models caught that mistake. In the second, Drew might not have given definite instructions, but it was ultimately the contestant’s decision.
“A to Q: Is Check Game retired? Nope! We’re looking for a great way to bring it back. “- I’ve heard this being contested before. My mom still uses checks, but I keep telling her, “Mom, nobody uses checks anymore. They use check cards. It’s faster and easier.” Of course, she still uses checks so she knows how much money is being spent each time she writes one. When you think about it, that’s pretty smart. I wonder how it’ll translate here.
“A to Q: You’ll hear some of the great old cues as part of the 40 year celebration of Price.” – I think what he meant to say here was the 40th anniversary celebration. Of course, with the audience shouting at the top of their lungs, you have to wait until somewhere in the middle to hear it, and then you have to tune George out. Still, it’ll be good to hear. I’m hosting Price online, and I use the classic cues mostly because I’m not willing to spend any money on a membership to the Television Production Music Museum.
“A to Q: Win at Home Prizes was a great way for home viewers to play too. We hope to do it again next season. Glad you liked it!”- If he means that Home Viewer Showcase a few months ago, it got me watching again. Of course, I overbid by $10,000. If he means the giveaways on thepriceisright.com (usually referenced before the showcase ARPs are revealed), then I’ve tried those too. I still haven’t figured out if I won anything yet, maybe I will.
“A to Q: We’re going to stick with our slightly updated intro music that started when Drew took over.” – Good move. I like that arrangement.
“A to Q: I was just looking at designs for season 40’s logo. Stay tuned to see what we pick! Should we put 40’s on the doors?”- Yes, he actually asked this. The audience gave a resounding “YES!”. I think the logo’s going to look so sweet if it’s done correctly.
And finally, an answer to a question I asked him.
“A to Q: We’d consider a 30min version if it didn’t distract from the 60min and people liked it. It’s a perfect format.”
Yes, I am a fan of the syndicated Price. It’s always nice to see different people host a show, so you can compare the different styles. 5 different people have walked through Door #2 at Studio 33 since 1972, with 4 of them hosting a separate syndicated version.
From the beginning, even before the network version began, Mark Goodson wanted to go into syndication, as evidenced from this video.
Syndicated shows at this time were a necessity because of the Prime Time Access Rule, that, in a nutshell, encouraged competition and discouraged a programming monopoly from the networks. This first version with Dennis James was only on once a week because that’s how things were done. Barker took over in 1977 and stayed until 1980 when daily “strips” (including The Joker’s Wild) became hip. Goodson didn’t try another syndie Price until 1985, but by then it was too late. Most of the good time slots were taken by Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, and it couldn’t be placed earlier than the network version (otherwise it couldn’t be called “The Nighttime Price is Right”).
In 1994, Mark Goodson Productions and Paramount Domestic Television decided to try it again. The set up was perfect because it didn’t have any timeslot restrictions. Plus, Paramount managed to secure it on many soon to be UPN owned-and-operated affiliates owned by Chris-Craft. Unfortunately…..
Coverage of the trial heavily impacted television as we know it, and this new Price was a victim of it. Of course, it wasn’t getting any support from Barker.
And it’s a shame too, because I’ve grown to like it. I still think a 30-minute Price could work. I hope someday Mr. Richards and the rest of the gang at Fremantle will agree.
* In other news…… ABC announced its replacement for Jill Wagner on [Winter, Spring] Wipeout. It’s True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo, and she’ll be interviewing the contestants while hosts John Anderson and John Henson stay in the booth and make fun of them. There’s going to be a special “preview” next Tuesday at 8/7c, followed by a premiere on Thursday at 8/7c on ABC (check your local listings).
Wipeout has always been a favorite in my family, and it’s mostly because we enjoy watching people get hit in the face and fall into the water. I also enjoy listening to the Johns make up puns and jokes using the various contestants. However, some of the stunts tend to stay the same, and once I’ve seen the same stunts over and over (especially in the Wipeout Zone bonus round), it tends to get a bit tiring. The great thing about Price is that, even though there’s always going to be 6 One-Bids, 2 Showcase Showdowns, and 2 Showcases, there’s room for variety. Every show is different and exciting. That’s why it’s been such a hit over close to 4 decades. I just hope this show has greater variety. That is what will keep it fresh.
* CMT is going back into reality with 2 new shows (according to a CMT press release via The Futon Critic). The first show is Sweet Home Alabama, which is essentially The Bachelorette Gone Country. It’s being produced by Glassman Media, the same people who brought you National Bingo Night, Bingo America, and their recent dating game Momma’s Boys. It’s going to last for 8 episodes, about the same length of time as The Bachelor.
The other show, Texas Women, might be better described as The Real Housewives of Texas. It tells of the loves, lives, and losses of 4 strong-willed women in Texas. It’s being produced by the gang at 3Ball Productions, also known for The Biggest Loser and Endurance.
CMT is known for trying out new formats. In my opinion, they’ve become the Country MTV. I know I enjoyed watching World’s Strictest Parents a few years ago. We’ll just have to see if this works.
That’s all for today. I’ll see you later.